A White House official said Monday that federal income tax returns would go out despite the partial government shutdown. The IRS hasn't yet announced the start date to file tax returns this year, but says it's on track to begin in late January or early February.
As Vox reported last week, the IRS plan was to furlough all but about 10,000 of its workers, (keeping just 12.5 percent of employees working) thus making processing tax refunds hard, if not impossible.
The announcement was made by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
However, with the IRS short-staffed during the government shutdown, many Virginia families are at risk of receiving a delayed return that could impact their personal finances. Pence said they're waiting on Democrats to negotiate, although Democrats have said they don't want to fund the president's border wall.
Since this shutdown began on December 22, the IRS has sent home 90 percent of its staff without pay, something that was scheduled to continue indefinitely until Congress appropriated new funds.
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Until today, the Trump administration said refunds couldn't be paid while the IRS was shut because that wasn't necessary to protect life or government property.
And because IRS employees are still working to implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 - a sweeping tax reform bill spearheaded by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration - questions from tax preparers and taxpayers about new tax rules and forms abound.
Issuing refunds on time would make it easier for President Donald Trump to continue the shutdown without affecting taxpayers waiting for money.
The IRS said it will recall a "significant portion" of its roughly 52,000 furloughed employees to work on tax returns. He told reporters an "indefinite appropriation" was available for the refunds, which would go out as normal.
- The partial federal government shutdown has dragged on for more than two weeks but eligible American taxpayers can still look forward to their tax refunds.