Tax preparers are not government workers, so despite the shutdown, they can still do your taxes for you.
While refunds aren't being processed during the government shutdown, the IRS is taking payments.
It is likely, however, if the shutdown were to continue into the start of tax filing season that many more IRS employees will be exempted to handle the extra workload. "We offer a refund advance loan, 500 to six thousand dollars, you can get it within 24 to 48 hours", said Land. According to the agency, issuing tax refunds is categorized as a "non-excepted" activity, which means employees responsible for approving and writing checks are furloughed during a shutdown.
That is what callers to the IRS hotline heard and will continue to hear when calling the government agency's hotline with a tax question.
The IRS normally begins accepting tax returns at the end of January, and early filers can see refunds hit their account as early as February.
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Tax-filing season normally begins in mid-January and most people receive there W-2 forms towards the end of the month.
And while some of the lights may still be on in the building, the agency is now operating with only 12.5% of its workforce, or fewer than 10,000 federal employees.
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.
First, tax refunds won't be issued. As long as the government remains closed down, don't expect to get that money.
Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, told Politico last week that the IRS could have to call back workers without pay for filing season. According to the agency's contingency plan for lapsed appropriations, taxpayer refunds are one of the things that will be affected.