He says that the IRS can process tax returns during a shutdown, but it can't hand over tax refunds.
Currently, the IRS is operating with a skeleton staff although they are expected to add personnel for the impending tax filing season. However, it can't run audits, answer off-season taxpayer questions, or allocate refunds.
As budget negotiations to reopen the government have stalled over President Donald Trump's demand for funding to build a border wall, the risk is growing that tax refunds could be delayed if furloughed IRS workers don't return to work.
New Worries emerge with the federal government shutdown, tax returns. 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.
With a lower employment base the IRS is now working under non-filing season shutdown plans, which the agency had planned to update as soon as today. He also noted that another problem for taxpayers is that as the shutdown continues, mortgage lenders will be unable to obtain tax transcripts to verify income for loan. That could affect individuals and families that rely on that money. That includes questions about how the new tax law may have changed things for this year's W-2 forms, which they must send out by the end of January. Indeed, many retailers count on people to spend more money in February.
"All rules still apply, need to get taxes filed, if you owe, pay, need to pay taxes on time", Land said.
Right now, there's no word on when the IRS workers may return to the office.