White House: Tax refunds will be issued during government shutdown

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The White House said that tax refunds will be paid during the government shutdown. 

CBS News’ Paula Reid tweeted that “White House confirms that tax refunds will go out and will not be impacted by government shutdown. Guidance will come soon to make this official.”

The decision was announced Monday afternoon by the White House Office of Management and Budget, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

According to CBS, only 12 percent of IRS staff are working during the shutdown. They are working without pay and are mostly focused on security and technology, according to CBS. 

The Wall Street Journal reports the IRS and the Treasury Department “have been preparing a plan for the filing season and had already been planning to call back workers needed to collect revenue.”

Tax professionals have told News 4 the IRS has gone silent since they closed their offices on December 22nd, the beginning of the shutdown.

They said there has been little guidance concerning all the changes in the revamped tax code that was changed last year.

While the IRS is closed until further notice, the State Department of Taxation and Finance is not.

Once you have your W-2 and other documents in order, you can file your state tax return and possibly receive any refund you might have coming.

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