Even though the federal government has reopened for three weeks, the shutdown is expected to have ripple effects for taxpayers.
The lack of funding for the IRS prevented large swaths of the agency from operating during a time its worker receive training and prepare for their busiest time of year.
Despite the White House calling 46,000 I.R.S. employees back to work, it will take time to get operations back up to speed ,according to the president of National Treasury Employees Union.
All of this is compounded by a reduction in IRS funding before the shutdown and the fact that IRS staffers are still adjusting to the new tax law passed in December of 2017.
One word: delays. The IRS – like many other agencies is playing catchup as workers try to deal with business left unattended to during the longest federal government shutdown in history.
According to a recent New York Times article, responses to written correspondence to the agency have been delayed, just 1 in 5 callers trying to reach the IRS Automated Collection System have been able to get through to a representative, and hold times have been as long as an hour. In addition to this, the changes tax code mean it may take longer for staffers to provide assistance to taxpayers and address problems that arise.
So, while the IRS expects refunds to be issued on schedule – usually within 3 weeks of receiving returns if they were filed electronically and paid by direct deposit – they may, in fact, take much longer. Considering 3 in 4 returns result in a refund, and many people rely on this money, some Americans could feel the pinch if refunds do not arrive in a timely fashion.
Unfortunately for everyone who was hoping to delay their filing, the filing period will remain the same. For most taxpayers Monday, April 15 is the filing deadline. For lucky listeners in Massachusetts and Maine, you have until April 17 to file, due to Patriot Day on April 15 and the celebration of Emancipation Day in Washington, DC on April 16.
Via: America Black Web