If the government shutdown continues into tax season, taxpayers may not see their tax returns for quite some time, according to officials.

You do, however, still have to pay your taxes by April 15, as the limited Internal Revenue Service staff remaining will still be processing payments from taxpayers during this time.

During the shutdown, the IRS can continue daily activities such as processing returns that come with payments, but they cannot pay out.


The government was shut down late last month when Congress couldn’t agree upon a spending plan which includes a $5 billion wall between the United States and Mexico. Nine departments are affected, including Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development.

This shutdown is the fourth-longest in U.S. history. The longest being a 21-day stint between President Bill Clinton and the GOP Congress.