White House: Tax refunds will be paid despite govt. shutdown

White House says tax refunds ‘will go out’ but tax professionals say be prepared

The White House says not to worry, tax refunds will go out during the government shutdown. He had made earlier attempts to avert the government shutdown, such as a short-term spending bill to fund the government through February 8.

The decision could prove extremely consequential for US households and the USA economy.

Bloomberg reports the average refund check past year in the USA was $2,899.

The news is likely a relief to Americans who had been wondering whether they'd receive their refunds on time given that a significant chunk of Washington has come to a screeching halt.

Russell Vought, acting director of the White House budget office, tells reporters: "The refunds will go out as normal". Last week in a wide-ranging press conference in the White House Rose Garden, President Trump confirmed he told Democrats and Republicans in a meeting the shutdown could last months or even years if needed - but he hopes it won't.

Herron says despite the shutdown, automated payments will continue and taxpayers can also mail payments.

Instead of following a set plan, though, the White House has constantly adjusted the way it is managing the shutdown, seeking to change operations when there are complaints from businesses or public groups.

Your tax refund could be significantly delayed if the government shutdown continues. Instead, a senior official in the Office of Management and Budget decided that issuing tax refunds should be considered an "indefinite appropriation". Tax-filing season officially begins January 28, and while those who owe Uncle Sam will still have to pay up by April 15, people who are due to receive money back have anxious about whether the closure could postpone their payments.

The announcement is a reversal of a long-standing policy to withhold refunds during shutdowns.

"We have tried to make this as painless as possible consistent with the law", Vought said.

More than 90 percent of IRS employees were sent home during the shutdown. "I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers during this period".

"There's also a lot of opportunities with different corporations or different tax places in the area that do offer what's called the advance on returns". But Miller said the agency is still taking your money.

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