Filing Taxes during government shutdown

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"Their withholding has also decreased and therefore their refund might be exactly the same as it was in the previous year when they were expecting a bigger refund because of the tax reduction", Fortine explained.

While many Americans who rely on a refund to offset holiday costs or give them a beginning-of-the-year boost, President Donald Trump has said he will keep the government closed until Democrats agree to fund the border wall.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the Internal Revenue Service is one of the federal agencies without funding and is being run with one-eighth of its normal staffing as the government shutdown continues.

The agency has categorized issuing tax refunds as a "non-excepted" activity - meaning those tasked with processing refunds would be furloughed during a shutdown. Typically during a shutdown, the IRS will process returns and accept amounts due from taxpayers.

Tovey says, "You can get your rent paid, your bills paid, credit card debt, anything like that you want to do".

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The tax assistance lines won't be staffed until the shutdown ends.

In 2018, the earliest date taxes could be filed was January 29, and the start of tax season will once again be in January.

The owner of Curtis Accounting and Tax Services said there will nearly certainly be a delay in processing returns. An analysis by UBS estimated an overall increase of $42 billion to $66 billion in tax refunds this year over 2017. However, if the government doesn't open by then, he said it's nearly guaranteed that refunds will be delayed.

According to Businessinsider.com, the IRS is now operating on about 12 percent of its employees.

But if a deal isn't reached anytime soon, those who need the refund the most are the most likely to be affected.

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