Government shutdown could make it tough for tax-filers

Make the most of your tax refund

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.

"Second, the quicker you can get your information to the IRS, the less likely you can be a victim of fraud when someone uses your personal information to file a fraudulent return and get a refund".

According to CNN, the IRS has yet to announce when people can begin submitting their tax returns, but "any gap in individuals not receiving money they're owed will put pressure on President Trump and lawmakers to strike a deal quickly". We predict the shutdown might last a few weeks but based on the attached chart, our Government will be jeopardizing its own health if this is not resolved by February 16 or the government might indeed need a wall to protect itself from its in citizenry.

And during shutdowns, only a fraction of IRS employees work. He said he's already had clients asking how the shutdown will impact their tax returns and when they should file their taxes.

During a shutdown, only 12.5 percent of the IRS workforce is authorized to work.

"They have not addressed yet if the delay is deep into tax season, will they push back the filing deadline?" You just not might get a refund, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Lionel Land has been fielding a lot of emails, texts and Facebook inquiries from people who want to know what the federal government shutdown means for them.

With a shutdown, the agency can process some tax returns that include payments and can keep their computer systems running and continue criminal investigations.

First, tax refunds won't be issued.

One group that could be affected: those still waiting on tax refunds from before 2018. As the IRS's contingency plan noted, the law's implementation "requires creating or revising hundreds of tax products including worksheets and tax forms, form instructions and publications as well as changes to current IRS policies and procedures".

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