(WCMH) – If the partial government shutdown continues into tax filing season, early filers will not get their expected refunds right away.
During a shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) only retains about 12.5% of its workforce, or 9,946 of its nearly 80,000 employees, according to its contingency plan.
During the shutdown, the IRS will continue to process returns and it will accept payments. If you owe money to the government, it’s still due by April 15, shutdown or not.
“Probably no surprise, they are still capable of taking your money, and they are still capable of processing returns that are being submitted,” Scott Moffit, president of Summit Financial Group told WCPO.
The IRS will not, however, process refunds. They also won’t respond to questions from taxpayers. That may be concerning, considering massive changes were made to the tax system for the 2018 tax year.
You can file for an extension on your taxes, but if you owe, that money is still due by April 15.
It is this reporters opinion that just MAYBE, we should also stop payments of those in office, until they can get the ball rolling once again! To be honest, we need less government! Maybe it is time they all took a pay cut and see just how quickly they learn to work together!