And during shutdowns, the service typically doesn't perform audits, offer assistance to taxpayers, or pay refunds.
President Donald Trump is withholding his support for a bill that would fully fund the government until he secures $5.6 billion for a wall on the U.S.
The continuing government shutdown is having an impact on the agency Americans love to hate; the Internal Revenue Service.
It is likely, however, if the shutdown were to continue into the start of tax filing season that many more IRS employees will be exempted to handle the extra workload. As a shutdown lasts longer, the agency will have to rework its plan, and head into more uncertain territory that could demand, for example, that agency employees show up to work without pay.
File your tax return but don't count on having your refund any time soon. However, for some, the April 15 deadline is relatively meaningless because in an effort to get money in their bank account from their return sooner, they file their taxes early.
Tax refunds are among the non-excepted agency activities listed.
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When the government does re-open, when will people get their money?
Only about 12 percent of IRS staff are expected to continue working through a shutdown, according to CNBC.
As the government remains closed, worry spreads about what this means for us, the taxpayers.
He also encourages taxpayers to not delay filing their tax returns, just because of the stalemate in Washington D.C. 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.
The possibility of a lengthy stalemate could complicate this year's tax season, the first under the new law passed by Congress in 2017.