White House: Tax returns will be sent out despite government shutdown
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WENY) – A White House official said Monday that federal income tax returns would go out despite the partial government shutdown.
According to CNBC, Russel Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, told reporters the news in a briefing.
There have been concerns regarding tax refunds as 800,000 federal workers are either furloughed or working without pay as the government enters its third week of a partial shutdown.
According to the IRS, about 12 percent of their staff are expected to continue working through a shutdown. The IRS says it is still working on contingencies if the shutdown continues.
Though the 2019 filing season hasn't yet kicked off, millions of taxpayers typically submit their returns as soon as possible. A majority of returns are used to either boost savings or pay off debts.