Tax season to start in three weeks despite government shutdown

Hampden County

The IRS confirmed on Tuesday that the government shutdown will not impact the processing of tax returns.  

They announced that IRS employees will be called to work for tax filing season, which starts in less than three weeks. 

The IRS is assuring taxpayers that their refunds won’t be delayed.  

“The IRS claims they have the money they claim they have appropriations to issue refunds so that tells me that they should be ready to go just as quickly as they have in the past,” said Paul Mancinone, a CPA tax attorney. 

Tax filing season will begin on January 28 which means refunds will come as scheduled, but some residents aren’t so sure that’s going to happen. 

“I believe that they are trying to appease people and ensure that people are confident in the system but it’s questionable whether that’s actually going to take place,” said Laura Purutyan. 

CPA’s and tax preparers currently can’t contact the IRS, which is causing problems. 

This tax season brings the biggest change to tax laws in 30 years, which is creating questions about new rules, procedures and software updates. 

Those questions have been going unanswered so far. 

Despite all of that, you’re advised to go ahead and file your taxes as normal. 

The filing deadline for Massachusetts residents this year is April 17.  

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