IRS will pay tax refunds during government shutdown

IRS will pay tax refunds during government shutdown

The White House Office of Management and Budget announced the decision in order to make the shutdown as "painless as possible" for citizens, in the event it carries on into tax season. Last year, the IRS issued billions of dollars in refunds - an average of more than $2,000 (£1,600) per filing.

"But it remains unclear", The Hill notes, "whether the administration has the legal authority to hand out refunds during the partial shutdown, which is now in its third week".

Late on Monday, Jan. 7, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, told reporters that the IRS will issue refunds to taxpayers even if the US government shutdown persists.

The refund news is a promising development for taxpayers who could have been left without those funds until the government re-opened. "But the disruption will increase exponentially for every week the shutdown isn't resolved, particularly if it delays the payment of tax refunds next month".

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He plans to give a primetime public address to the nation about the border wall on Tuesday.

He could direct military construction projects under a national emergency declaration, but the money would have to come from defence funds and would probably face legal challenges from opposition Democrats. But despite these regular meetings and efforts, the two sides have been unable to overcome the impasse thus far.

Congress has only allocated funding for the Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through January.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he wouldn't bring up any bills the president wouldn't sign. If that money had been frozen during the government shutdown, Trump could have found himself under enormous pressure to change his approach and back down in his demand for money to erect sections of wall along the Mexico border. "There is an indefinite appropriation to pay tax refunds".

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