White House says tax ‘refunds will go out’

Mae Love
January 10, 2019

Late on Monday, Jan. 7, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, told reporters that the IRS will issue refunds to taxpayers even if the USA government shutdown persists.

Sens. Warner and Kaine have been outspoken against President Trump's use of a government shutdown as a negotiating tactic.

The decision could prove extremely consequential for US households and the USA economy.

The decision was announced by the White House's Office of Management and Budget in a press conference on Monday. He was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other senior administration officials.

Was there a law that would have prevented refund payments?

While the government shutdown affects multiple sectors there are still some government workers making sure things get done like the Internal Revenue Service. The calls congressional offices are receiving about the wall would morph into inquiries about why families haven't received their refunds, he said.

President Trump has repeatedly said that the government shutdown could go on for months, threatening to declare a national emergency for funding for a barrier at the southern border.

This afternoon reporter Paula Reid confirmed with White House officials that tax refunds will go out.

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The White House has directed the IRS to pay tax refunds to millions of people during the partial federal shutdown.

And The New York Times reported that lawyers for the Democratic majority on the House Ways and Means Committee thought the move would be illegal.

The announcement is a reversal of a long-standing policy to withhold refunds during shutdowns.

The IRS will make it as "painless as possible consistent with the law", he added. "I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers during this period", said Chuck Rettig, IRS commissioner.

The IRS might recall a large number of furloughed employees to process returns - probably without pay - in accordance with its usual contingency plans. But Miller said the agency is still taking your money.

But White House officials said they were trying to do everything they could to minimize the shutdown's impact on American households and businesses.

OMB's decision is the latest in a string of reversals and changes made during the course of the ongoing shutdown, which began December 22 and caught many White House officials flat footed and unprepared for a lengthy lapse in funding.

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