As the impasse between the Trump administration and Congress continues, the White House has responded to fears that the ongoing government shutdown could impact tax refunds.
At a briefing on Monday, White House Office of Management and Budget acting director Russell Vought said that the IRS will continue to issue refunds to taxpayers even if the government shutdown continues into tax filing season.
As Bloomberg notes, previous shutdown contingency plans state the IRS would accept tax returns during a shutdown, but refunds would be delayed until the government was funded.
The IRS has been among the departments closed as a result of the shutdown, which is the result of a standoff between President Trump and the Democrats now in control of the U.S. House.
The House has passed a bill to end the shutdown, but the president has said he won't sign a budget that doesn't contain any funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
There was expected to be enhanced pressure on both sides if the shutdown meant tax refunds would be delayed.
But the latest news from the White House should alleviate this pressure and, according to The Hill, give the Trump administration extra incentive to continue holding out for border wall funding.
We took a look last month at what a federal government shutdown means for Minnesota. You can read more here.