White House says tax refunds will go out on time

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A 1040 tax form appears on display, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in New York. The IRS is delaying tax refunds for millions of low-income families as the agency steps up efforts to combat identity theft and fraud. Starting in 2017, a federal law requires the tax agency to delay refunds until Feb. 15 for people […]

A Trump administration official says that tax refunds will go out on time during the partial government shutdown.

With the shutdown in its third week there had been mounting concerns over an IRS delay in sending refunds.

But Russell Vought, acting director of the White House budget office, says customary rules will be changed to make funding available to pay them. He told reporters Monday that refunds will go out as normal.

The IRS might recall a large number of furloughed employees to process returns — probably without pay.

Concern has been growing that hundreds of billions of dollars in refunds would be delayed until the shutdown ends because funding for them wouldn’t be available. Vought said, however, that an “indefinite appropriation” was available to pay the refunds.

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