White House to order IRS to pay tax refunds despite shutdown


The White House plans on ordering the IRS to pay income tax refunds despite the government shutdown.

Typically, tax season begins at the end of January and continues through the middle of April. 

During a shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) only retains about 12.5 percent 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.

The government has been shutdown since December 22, 2018.

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