Government shutdown temporarily ends in time for tax season

Hampden County

The government shutdown impacted the IRS.   

For 35 days, 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay and services stalled for millions of Americans. But Friday, finally, a compromise – for now. 

“I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks, until February 15,” President Trump said at a news conference Friday. 

“So many people have suffered so long, and now, happily, as soon as possible- or as the president said immediately or as soon as possible, they will be getting their paychecks,” said Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. 

Thousands of federal employees had to work without pay, triggering a surge in sick calls, and protests like this one by TSA workers at Bradley International Airport this week.  

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site still sat empty Friday. As part of the National Parks Service, the museum’s staff couldn’t work during the shutdown.  

22News contacted several furloughed federal employees in the Pioneer Valley, but all had been advised to not speak with the media.  

The end of the shutdown comes with good news for non-federal employees as well. Tax filing season starts Monday, meaning your refund likely won’t be delayed. 

“If everything is really okay by Monday, it shouldn’t really impact people receiving their returns on time,” said Laura Pantoja of Pantoja’s Tax Service. 

Thousands of furloughed IRS employees weren’t showing up to work this week. Pantoja’s Tax Service in Holyoke said questions had gone unanswered during the shutdown.  

“It’s a huge relief for us because we can’t really talk to the IRS right now, so there are issues that we can’t solve for our clients,” Pantoja said. “To be able to discuss certain issues that there’s really no other way to solve them except to talk to the IRS.” 

The resolution is a temporary measure, meant to fund the government through the next three weeks.

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