The government shutdown won’t affect your tax refunds.
The IRS is recalling thousands of furloughed workers to handle them. The 46-thousand IRS employees will be working without pay during the government shutdown. The IRS is planning to dole out refunds throughout the shutdown, but it will not perform other functions like audits.
In previous government shutdowns, the White House policy has been to halt refunds for taxpayers until funding was restored. The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents about 70,000 IRS workers is far from happy about the recall. In a statement, the union says the IRS employees are being forced "to show up in exchange only for an IOU."Source: NPR