COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) — If the shutdown continues much longer, early tax filers might not get refunds quickly this year.
If you have questions about new tax forms, you’re out of luck. If you want to file your taxes early, the government will process your return, but, while the government is partially shut down, it won’t be sending any refunds.
Diane Acosta with H&R Block says there are hundreds of changes this 2018 tax season. The standard deduction and child tax credit doubled. If you didn’t change your W-4 or your withholding, your tax return could be very different.
But, if you call the IRS, there is no one there to answer questions.
“Because there’s no live person, you can still get the automated information, but if you really want to speak to somebody about something, there aren’t any bodies,” said Acosta.
She is worried taxpayers are going to put off filing because of the potential for a delayed refund. She suggests to still file early.
“Once the IRS does open, you’re ready to go, your return is already being processed, it’s finished, you don’t have to worry about it and make the mad rush like everyone else that delayed,” said Acosta.
If you want your return to the IRS as fast as possible, Acosta suggests to e-file.
“Don’t rely on the mail, especially this year because who knows the shortages or anything else that the IRS might be going through, You want to make sure that your return is processed quickly,” said Acosta.
You should still expect to get your W-2 soon. Employers are required by law to send them out by the end of January.
Despite the shutdown, the IRS can still take payments but can’t give refunds. So if you owe money to the government, it’s still due.