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. https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/03/the-shutdown-screws-your-tax-refund
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YOU MIGHT NOT GET YOUR TAX REFUND IF THE GOVERNMENT STAYS SHUT DOWN
Most Americans have been shielded from the effects of the so-called government shutdown. Post offices continue to run; the federal drug war rages on; the regulatory state thrives. If the shutdown continues through tax season, though, it could have a very serious impact indeed. Though the government continues to dip its hand into Americans' hard-earned funds, The Wall Street Journal reports that early filers will likely not see their refunds so long as the government remains shut down. But fear not! While the Internal Revenue Service currently lacks the funds to process refunds, it is fully prepared to process tax returns that include payments to the government. ZURI DAVIS READ MORE