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Should you file your taxes during the government shutdown?

Posted at 5:38 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 19:26:07-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — The government shutdown is showing no sign of ending. With that in mind, should you wait to file your taxes?

As the government shutdown enters another week, federal agencies like the IRS are feeling the effects.

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Soon it will be time to file your tax returns.

Nathan Rigney with H&R Block says right now the only immediate impact to the shutdown is calling the IRS to get help when you file.

“If you get a letter in the mail, you want to know what it is all about, you try to call the IRS, you will have trouble getting someone on the phone but you can go into an office, talk to a tax professional and they can explain what that notice means,” said Rigney.

If you E-File you will be in a queue which is normal. The real concerns will be if the shutdown lasts longer than January.

Rigney says shutdown aside, filing early is important.

“The best practice is to file as early as you can. You get in line to get that refund issued. Second, the quicker you can get your information to the IRS, the less likely you can be a victim of fraud when someone uses your personal information to file a fraudulent return and get a refund.”