Tax Preparers Encouraging People to File Taxes as Normal

Tax Preparers Encouraging People to File Taxes as Normal

An IRS spokesperson would not speculate on how long the shutdown would have to last in order to result in a delay of refunds, CNBC reports.

The IRS, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, is one of several federal agencies shut down as President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats argue over funding a border wall.

"Relevant authority has established that tax revenues constitute Government property which the Service must safeguard during a lapse in appropriations", according to the IRS.

Workers at Liberty Tax Service in Stroud Township have been getting a lot of phone calls from customers asking what they should do this tax season as the shutdown continues.

Right now, there's no word on when the IRS workers may return to the office. "We offer a refund advance loan, 500 to six thousand dollars, you can get it within 24 to 48 hours", said Land.

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According to, the IRS is now operating on about 12 percent of its employees.

When the government does re-open, when will people get their money?

Lawless says taxpayers shouldn't procrastinate getting their returns filed because when refunds are issued, they'll be sent out in the order they were received. "That stalemate raises the prospect of an unprecedented extended closure during the individual income-tax filing season, which typically starts in mid-to-late January".

"According to sources there will be a delay on tax refunds due to government shutdown, we are all anticipating a quick resolution". While the plan does say furloughed employees can be recalled during the shutdown, The Wall Street Journal reported that the IRS generally does not issue refunds in that time. As the IRS's contingency plan noted, the law's implementation "requires creating or revising hundreds of tax products including worksheets and tax forms, form instructions and publications as well as changes to current IRS policies and procedures".

But if a deal isn't reached anytime soon, those who need the refund the most are the most likely to be affected.

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