There Will Be No Tax Refunds During The Government Shutdown
By: Eboni Walker
Trump not getting his infamous wall is going to affect the general population more than most thought it would.
Trump shut down the part of the government only a few days before Christmas, and now he’s threatening to leave it closed for months and possibly years.
In the midst of the shutdown, more than $140 billion in tax refunds are at risk of being delayed. The deadline to submit 2018 tax returns file is April 15, 2019.
The shutdown will hinder the work at nine federal departments and other agencies.
Thousands and thousands of employees are affected by the shutdown, as well as many government programs. These programs consist of the Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Along with, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, National Parks, Justice, State, Transportation and Treasury, and NASA.
More than 380,000 employees were sent home without pay when the government shutdown. Some employees will be forced to work without pay including the Transportation Security Administration and Border Patrol officers.
According to the Washington Post, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has sent home to almost 90 percent of employees home without pay.
It was reported that the IRS paid $14.6 billion in tax refunds in tax refunds to 48.5 million households last year. That money is looking to be frozen until after the shutdown.
Last January when the government was heading towards a shutdown, the IRS released a statement saying they would not be issuing any tax refunds during that time.
Nor Treasury or IRS officials have said if tax refunds will be completely suspended next month. But according to administration officials, payouts will be severely affected or delayed if they are sent out.
The Washington Post reported House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking how tax refunds will be handled during the shutdown.
Partial of the letter read: “Please confirm whether the IRS will issue federal tax refunds at any time during [the] government shutdown. If so, please provide the anticipated date when the IRS will be issuing refunds.”
A Treasury Department official responded by saying, “the IRS will finalize and release its filing season lapse plan in the coming days.”
Low-income families will be affected by the shutdown the most. Thirty-eight million low-income families may face severe reductions in food stamps.
A spokesperson for SNAP spoke out against the issue that families may be facing.
“We are currently looking at options for SNAP,” said Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Agriculture Department. “The best course of action would be for Congress to pass a legitimate appropriations bill to the president to end the lapse in funding.”
According to SNAP’s official website, it is unclear what will be the ending results of the SNAP program during the shutdown.
“The current government shutdown has resulted in the government agency that controls SNAP (food stamps) telling at least 95% of their employees not to come to work. As of now, there is no clear answer about whether or not the SNAP program will be shut down altogether. We do know that should the federal SNAP budget run out, certain state and local governments will cover the funding for the program if they are able to. Right now, the SNAP program is still up and running and merchants are able to process SNAP/EBT transactions in their stores.”
Many officials are coming forward about the issue families risking not being fed.
“People in this country will go hungry,” said Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro. “It’s simple. They go hungry. . . .These are working people. We’re not talking about people who are dogging it.”
This shutdown come after “congressional and White House officials” did not find a “compromise on a spending bill” that hinged on Trump’s $5.7 billion for a border wall.”
This has been the third shutdown within the last two years under Trump’s leadership.
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Source: Washington Post, YouTube, WCPO.com