How the shutdown will affect tax returns

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget said Monday that a directive will be issued allowing the IRS to process tax refunds during the government shutdown.

Professor of Economics with Cedarville University, Bert Wheeler, says that special funding was put in place for this exact possibility when last year’s tax bill was passed.

However, with taxpayers are about to file for the first time under a new tax code, the process is expected to be more complicated with no clear date set to begin sending in your papers.

“The new forms are not ready. Part of what the workers should be doing right now would be perfecting all your forms and getting them ready for electronic submission. This is not a good time for the IRS to have this type of shutdown,” says Wheeler.

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