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No extra time for taxes if government shuts down

Your tax return is still due April 18, though if you file by paper, any refund could be delayed.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 6, 2011 3:35PM

This post is by Linda Stern of Thomson Reuters.


A threatened government shutdown won't stop Internal Revenue Service commissioner Douglas Shulman from filing his own taxes on time; they're already done. "I make sure it gets done on time," he told Reuters. "I just have to look it over." He said that taxpayers should follow that example and not expect to get any extra filing time if there is a temporary federal work stoppage.

"The IRS will be accepting tax returns," he told the National Press Club in a luncheon speech on April 6. "The American people should file their taxes and they are required to file by April 18."


Taxpayers who file electronically won't face any delay in getting their refunds if a budget stalemate does force a government shutdown, because they are processed automatically, he said. But anyone who files a paper return may find their refund delayed if the government does stop all but essential services. Reuters had previously reported that the agency would continue to deposit tax checks from filers.


Shulman has already received his return back from the certified public accountant, identified only as "Gary," whom he has used for years. "I look it over, but all that I ever say is 'Let's be more conservative,'" he said.


"I figure that as commissioner of the IRS it's a good idea for me to obey the law," he said, noting that he wouldn’t want to embarrass President Obama or the Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, who had his own problems with his tax return before he took that office.


Shulman outlined his vision for the tax filing season in the future, when the IRS would be able to pre-populate taxpayers’ forms with data from their 1099 and W-2  before anyone filed their returns. But he said that vision was still years off and not in the specific planning stages now.


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Apr 6, 2011 8:05PM
Shulman has already received his return back from the certified public accountant, identified only as "Gary," whom he has used for years. "I look it over, but all that I ever say is 'Let's be more conservative,'" he said.

Here's a thought.  Congress, and any IRS employee should be required to calculate their taxes by hand.  No Turbo Tax, no Accountant no computer.  I bet the forms would get simple very fast.

Yea,  in my dreams.
Apr 7, 2011 12:10AM
Apr 8, 2011 10:13AM
Really?  We always owe guess what!  I've made the executive decision to shut down this household until we can work OUR budget out.  Mr. IRS will need to wait for their money!  No one will be there to cash the check anyway!
Apr 8, 2011 10:04AM

Got my refund already, so this doesn't worry me in the least.  Procrastinators, however, could suffer for their delay.


Of course, it would be even better if you didn't get a refund at all!  It would be better to have planned your withholding so that you owed about $50.  That way you haven't given the Feds an interest-free loan of YOUR money!

Apr 8, 2011 9:26PM
I e-filed my taxes on 4/3/2011. I was given an estimate of 4/15/11 before the deposit hits my account. I don't live paycheck to paycheck so I won't starve if the government shuts down and doesn't pay me. My refund is more than a thousand and less than a million,, it's a nice chink of change. If the pirates in DC will shut down and go away and stay away, they can keep it. Has anyone else figured out that these morons in DC have become way too important in our lives?
simple solution to national debt. Have Helicopter Ben Bernanke print $15 trillion dollars pay off the national debt and have a little bit left over as a surplus. 

Bernanke printed $9 trillion dollars for the Wall Street banks during the crisis why cann't he print $15 trillion dollars for our deficit crisis.

It will save us $400 to $600 billion a year in interest payments over the next ten years that is about $6 trillion dollars about what everyone says we should cut.

Apr 8, 2011 10:16AM
I think most people that are getting a refund already filed.
Apr 7, 2011 10:19AM

Printing money puts more out on the street at a lesser value.


So glad it was qualified. Those who mail their taxes in will be delayed if the govt shuts down. Those that filed electronically won't be affected. Thank You, God!

Apr 7, 2011 12:19PM

Did mine back in February electronically. Already got my refund check. As long as I'm alright, that's all that matters. Too bad for the rest of you.

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