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Tax refunds to be issued amid government shutdown Featured

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BANGOR- The partial government shutdown has been taking a toll on various government agencies.

The fear of your tax refund being delayed by the government shutdown is a thing of the past.

On Monday, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought said tax refunds will go out on time.

"I mean, the IRS is closed right now, so what's happening is a big backlog already" Bob Thomas, the owner of Thomas Tax and Financial Services said. "I think the chances of getting audited in 2018 are becoming more minimal."

According to Thomas, the IRS typically won't pay refunds, perform audits, or be available to answer any questions during a shutdown.

While the IRS is making sure taxpayers get their refund in a timely manner, accountants and taxpayers will still need to navigate other problems.

"The main problem is for new clients, getting to start businesses, an employer identification number because of the shutdown" Thomas said. "You can't get direct answers from the IRS. You can use their website, but definitely a problem."

The process may not be running as smoothly as in previous years, you may see an up-side soon.

"I'd say about 80% of tax payers will get refunds they hadn't gotten previously" Thomas added.

Even if the government remains shut down, according to the IRS web site, returns still need to be filed by April 15th.

If you owe money, you still have to pay on time.

Rachel Mann

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Rachel joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in December 2018.

She graduated from Bridgewater State University where she majored in communications and accounting. While attending Bridgewater State, she co-ancho...