Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28th and will provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled.
“We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.
The IRS issued a statement today quashing reports that the partial government shutdown meant the IRS would not process refunds for taxpayers until the shutdown ended.
That’s not the case, the IRS made a point of saying today.
According to the IRS, Congress directed the payment of all tax refunds through a permanent, indefinite appropriation (31 U.S.C. 1324). The tax agency believes it has the authority to pay refunds despite a lapse in annual appropriations due to the partial government shutdown.
The IRS will be recalling a significant portion of its workforce, currently furloughed as part of the shutdown, to work.
As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns once the filing season begins on January 28th.
The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019 for most taxpayers.
The IRS encourages people to file their tax returns electronically to minimize errors and for faster refunds.