Financial Focus: Your Tax Refund Has Been Taken By a Gov't Shutdown

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"Versus a person who doesn't owe the IRS and is expecting a refund, they won't be getting a refund".

Across the federal government, about 800,000 federal workers have been unpaid as Trump withholds his support for a bill which would fund the government until he secures the money for the wall that he promised during his election campaign.

"If you owe money to the IRS and, say you file your taxes and you're getting a refund, they will fully process that refund and keep it and pay it towards your balance", she said.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the IRS is operating with only one-eighth of its normal employees because tax season hasn't yet begun - and that pay refunds are one of their services that's on the chopping block.

And during shutdowns, only a fraction of IRS employees work.

File your tax return but don't count on having your refund any time soon. By March 30, the IRS had paid $212 billion to 73 million households, so the longer the shutdown continues, the more potential it has to delay or disrupt tax refunds.

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"According to sources there will be a delay on tax refunds due to government shutdown, we are all anticipating a quick resolution".

The Daily Caller executive editor Vince Coglianese discusses how a partial government shutdown will impact the American people.

The IRS issued an operational plan for a shutdown lasting five days, which kept about one in eight employees working.

Bearden said before the shutdown, the IRS was still trying to update its systems to process taxes with the new laws passed past year.

The possibility of a lengthy stalemate could complicate this year's tax season, the first under the new law passed by Congress in 2017.

The IRS directed ABC News to the lapsed contingency plan in response to further questions.

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