Early IRS tax refunds up in the air during government shutdown


Maybe not right now.

"There's going to be a backlog", said Jim Knuff, a CPA with Ashworth, Knuff and Company in Middleburg Heights.

One government agency affected is the Internal Revenue Service.

For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. While the document notes the plan can be reassessed and furloughed employees can be recalled, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday and CNN reported Thursday that the IRS generally does not issue refunds during a shutdown. "These actions are causing undue hardship to American taxpayers and the IRS civil servants".

"According to sources there will be a delay on tax refunds due to government shutdown, we are all anticipating a quick resolution".

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In 2018, the earliest date taxes could be filed was January 29, and the start of tax season will once again be in January.

Even so, most refunds likely won't be processed until the federal government - particularly the IRS - is up and running at full speed again. Gundersdorff said the timing of refunds will depend on when the government reopens.

If the impasse is resolved before mid-January, the traditional start of tax season, early tax filers may not feel a significant impact.

"Live telephone assistance is not available at this time", an IRS recording said Thursday. And it offers direction on how to use IRS online tools. While the shutdown rolls on, the IRS can process fewer tax returns than normal, keep systems running, and conduct criminal investigations.

The IRS has sent close to 90 percent of its workforce home without pay due to the government's partial shutdown, according to a contingency plan published by the agency in December.