Tax refunds could be delayed by long government shutdown

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( — A prolonged government shutdown could lead to delays in millions of Americans receiving their tax refunds.

The Internal Revenue Service is part of the approximately 25 percent of federal agencies mostly shutdown during the funding impasse between Congress and President Trump. The shutdown is approaching two weeks and, if it continues late into January, there will be impacts to the tax processing season says a report in the Wall Street Journal.

W-2 and 1099 forms are due by the end of January, triggering the start of filing for most people. In the event the shutdown continues at that time, the IRS will process returns but won’t issue refunds until the government reopens.

Currently, the IRS has furloughed about 88 percent of its workforce, leaving roughly 10,000 employees in place.

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