Massachusetts

Taxes still due, refunds could be delayed if government shutdown continues

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The government shutdown could have an impact on when your tax return gets processed, meaning you may have to wait for a refund.

The IRS currently has only 12.5 percent of their staff working during the government shutdown.

The H&R Block on Sumner Avenue in Springfield told 22News January and February are busy months for tax filers as they start to get their W2 forms.

During a shutdown, IRS functions such as answering tax questions, performing audits, and issuing refunds don't usually get taken care of. However, Senior Tax Specialist Michael Sullivan said you shouldn't postpone filing because of the shutdown. Your return will be in the system until the IRS is ready to start processing.

How the government shutdown could impact tax returns

"And it's held there. And when the IRS is ready to actually start processing, they'll draw the returns from there. To the best of my knowledge, the returns are taken on a first come first served basis. So if you're waiting until February to file your return because the government is closed, anyone who filed in January will be ahead of you," said Sullivan.

The IRS typically doesn't start processing tax returns until late January. It's possible the IRS might bring some workers back to process tax returns.

While your refund might be delayed during the shutdown, if you owe money, you'll still need to send it in by April 15.


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