East Texas tax preparers speak on tax refunds

Tax refunds will not be delayed.
Tax refunds will not be delayed.
Updated: Jan. 7, 2019 at 6:36 PM CST
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The government shutdown is now into its third week, leaving big questions concerning taxes. Taxpayers are left wondering when will they get their returns.

“Typically, when the government is shut down, the IRS does not issue refunds," Shane Rohrbach, managing partner at Gollob Moran and Peddy said.

But this time around things are different. The growing concern that tax refunds might not go out in time due to the government shutdown were put to rest Monday when the Trump administration announced federal income tax refunds will indeed go out.

“You still have, as a taxpayer, an obligation to file your tax and pay your tax, but because the government has such a reduced workforce, it’s complicated for them to be able to do refunds," he said.

While the White House has said tax returns will go out, only about 12 percent of the IRS staff is expected to continue working through the shutdown. Last year the tax filing season started on January 29. No date has been announced for this season, but tax preparers said it’s important to be ready.

“Go ahead and start getting all your forms together; the sooner you can file the better off you’re going to be," he said.

The IRS is still working on a contingency plan if the shutdown continues.

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