Local News Should you file your taxes during the government shutdown?

Jonathan Ernst  Reuters FILEA view of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington D.C

But one thing is certain: Whether or not the shutdown continues, taxes will still be due on time.

If the government shutdown continues into tax season, taxpayers may not see their tax returns for quite some time, according to officials.

The Internal Revenue Service is one of the agencies impacted by the shutdown, and it's now operating with only 12.5 percent of its workforce, according to CNN.

Looking back at a year ago, by February 2, 2018, the IRS had paid $12.6 billion in refunds to more than six million households.

During the shutdown, the IRS can do many of its activities, such as protecting government property, process returns that come with payments and conduct criminal investigations. That could affect individuals and families that rely on that money.

Tax filing season usually begins in mid-January, and if the shutdown is resolved by then it may have little lasting impact on taxpayers.

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The deadline for federal tax returns isn't until April 15.

Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, told Politico last week that the IRS could have to call back workers without pay for filing season.

"This filing season was always going to be challenging", said Pomerleau.

In addition, there is a new 1040 form this year because of the new tax law that was passed just more than a year ago. "Normal operations will resume as soon as possible".

"If you get a letter in the mail, you want to know what it is all about, you try to call the IRS, you will have trouble getting someone on the phone but you can go into an office, talk to a tax professional and they can explain what that notice means", said Rigney.

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