Taxes still due, but refunds delayed if government shutdown continues

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Per a Treasury Department plan created in late November, issuing tax refunds is considered a "non-excepted" activity, meaning workers responsible for carrying out this task could be put on furlough during a shutdown.

Only about 12 percent of IRS staff are expected to continue working through a shutdown, according to CNBC.

Tax preparers say it's hard to answer the question of when someone might get their refund, should the shutdown drag on.

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The government shutdown could delay your tax refund this year, but if you owe the IRS money, then you may still have to pay on time regardless.

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"It does throw a little bit of wrench into things", said Kyle Pomerleau, economist at the Tax Foundation.

However: Several tax returns have been called "Necessary for the Safety of Human Life or Protection of Government Property". "The IRS still hasn't opened the filing season, so we continue to tell people to come in, get your documents together, get your W-2, your Schedule C information, and just come on in", Angrand said.

The upcoming filing season was already going to be challenging for the IRS because the tax-law changes affect the forms and rules for individual filers, which was likely to cause more questions and more calls than usual.

Those who owe taxes usually delay filing until the April 15 deadline, and wealthier taxpayers with more complicated returns often take an extension. Live telephone assistance is not available at this time. "The IRS was still figuring that out".

The message also states that "normal operations will return as soon as possible".

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