Tax refunds could be delayed due to government shutdown

Americans may find themselves missing an agency they usually love to hate if the government shutdown persists the Internal Revenue Service

Americans may find themselves missing an agency they usually love to hate if the government shutdown persists the Internal Revenue Service

Anyone looking to talk to a representative from the IRS with questions about when they might get their refund is greeted with an automated phone message: "Welcome to the IRS".

A major pain point in negotiations was President Donald Trump's wall, which he wants to build along the southern border of the United States.

The continuing government shutdown is having an impact on the agency Americans love to hate; the Internal Revenue Service.

If consumers haven't received tax forms by mid-February, they are advised to contact your employer and request a copy or ask that it be resent, according to the IRS.

The average tax refund a year ago was $2,800, money that many families rely on to help pay for rent, food and child care, Neal said in the letter.

The country's tax collector is among the federal agencies affected by the government shutdown, now in its second week.

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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.

Normally during the first week of January, Kendria Angrand from Liberty Tax Service in Stroud Township starts taking calls from people asking if the place is open.

The IRS issued an operational plan for a shutdown lasting five days, which kept about one in eight employees working. The government will take your money but it can't do refunds during a shutdown. As long as the government remains closed down, don't expect to get that money.

One other area in which the IRS may have problems is the continuing implementation of the 2017 tax legislation passed by Republicans in Congress and signed by Trump.

That means most workers whose duties range from answering taxpayer questions to paying out refunds typically aren't at work.

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