Tax returns will be processed on time: IRS

Despite the ongoing partial government shutdown taxpayers will get their refunds without any delay, said Trump administration official.

According to White House budget office acting director Russell Vought the refund would go out as normal.

The shutdown has stepped into third week and taxpayers who owned refunds were worried whether the payments would be delayed due to closure of federal agencies.

Internal Revenue Service said Monday to be recalling furloughed employees for the purpose and they would probably work without pay.

Currently there are about 52,000 furloughed employees at the IRS. The tax return process to start on January 28.

Critics have raised the question whether the Trump administration has legal authority to allow its government to issue refunds amid partial government shutdown.

However, Vought seems to have the right answer. He said the measure is part of Trump’s goal to make the shutdown painless.

Urban Institute’s senior fellow and tax expert Howard Gleckman said, “They’re reversing a long-standing legal position… Who’s going to sue? It would be hard to show damages… So they might be able to get away with it.”

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said they are committed to make the refunds on time to taxpayers and not withstand the shutdown.

Paul Linus