White House: IRS Will Issue Tax Refunds Despite Shutdown

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#1 Edited by mattbbpl (17347 posts) -

The Internal Revenue Service will issue refunds to taxpayers even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the filing season, a decision that may reduce political pressure on Congress and President Donald Trump to reach a deal to reopen the federal government.

“Tax refunds will go out,” the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, told reporters at a briefing on Monday.

Thank God, for a moment I thought this shutdown might actually affect donors!

This significantly eases pressure on Trump to end the shutdown. This thing could go on for a fair bit longer (although maybe they could make it a shutdown in name only?).

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#2 Posted by Mighty-Lu-Bu (2970 posts) -

I hope this shutdown is permanent.

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#3 Posted by MirkoS77 (14361 posts) -

Great, now the shutdown can go on forever.

Nice that all our national parks are turning into garbage heaps by this shutdown. Someone should take a picture of human sewage on the side of the roads and the garbage strewn across the land with #MAGA underneath it. What a brilliant decision to leave them open while being unstaffed.

But then again, Republicans make it a point to destroy the environment at every opportunity, so this shutdown works in their favor.

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#4 Posted by watercrack445 (1730 posts) -

@MirkoS77: great, people who were making fun of third world countries are not going to be laughing now because these parks and others areas are getting dirty and smelly.

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#5 Posted by mrbojangles25 (44139 posts) -

@MirkoS77: the worst part is when they go back they're going to have to spend a lot of time playing catch up, instead of doing their regular tasks. Could have all been avoided?

@mighty-lu-bu said:

I hope this shutdown is permanent.

Why is that? Have you benefited from the shutdown?

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#6 Posted by Mighty-Lu-Bu (2970 posts) -

@mrbojangles25:

Not personally, but our country has been saving money. Also if these non-essential segments of the government can be shut down with no impact, then why do they exist?

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#7 Posted by mattbbpl (17347 posts) -

@mighty-lu-bu: "Not personally, but our country has been saving money."

These usually cost money.

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#8 Posted by kaealy (2178 posts) -
@mighty-lu-bu said:

@mrbojangles25:

Not personally, but our country has been saving money. Also if these non-essential segments of the government can be shut down with no impact, then why do they exist?

So the government not paying back tax they owe people has no impact? Are you for real?

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#9 Posted by LJS9502_basic (166867 posts) -

@mighty-lu-bu said:

@mrbojangles25:

Not personally, but our country has been saving money. Also if these non-essential segments of the government can be shut down with no impact, then why do they exist?

You're not saving. Eventually they will be paid. In the meantime they are struggling and security is being ignored even thought the hypocrite in chief is whining this is over security.

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#10 Edited by blaznwiipspman1 (7234 posts) -

@mighty-lu-bu: if they're going cut these services and save the money why the hell is the deficit at 1 trillion. Why isn't trump paying down the debt??

The IRS giving money back is now possible in a shut down? What a joke. Take that money and pay down the debt

Well, the government being shut down is a good thing.

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#11 Edited by MirkoS77 (14361 posts) -

@mrbojangles25: I’m hearing the impact on our national parks will take years to recover from. Not just picking up the trash and emptying the sewage, which will happen relatively quickly after funding resumes, but the damage it will cause to the ecosystem before that happens that will linger for years. This, aside from those out of work, is what really depresses me.

But hey, MAGA! Republicans favor stripping our national natural treasures of protections to be able to frack and drill for oil, so what do they care? Yea, these people really care for this country.

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#12 Posted by mrbojangles25 (44139 posts) -

@MirkoS77: Well the stupid thing is that the parks are apparently open during the shutdown? Just not staffed? We have a phrase for that, it's called "does not compute".

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#13 Posted by Horgen (120906 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

@mighty-lu-bu: "Not personally, but our country has been saving money."

These usually cost money.

Yeah, the loss far outweighs the wall funding Trump asked for by now I think.

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#14 Posted by Xabiss (2853 posts) -

People actually get returns ROFLMAO. You like giving interest free money to the government. HAHAHA! I rather owe then give those scum bags my money interest free.

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#15 Edited by plageus900 (2720 posts) -

I don't get refunds. I'm lucky if I break even.

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#16 Posted by Horgen (120906 posts) -

@Xabiss said:

People actually get returns ROFLMAO. You like giving interest free money to the government. HAHAHA! I rather owe then give those scum bags my money interest free.

Some countries have interest rates both ways.

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#17 Posted by Xabiss (2853 posts) -

@horgen said:
@Xabiss said:

People actually get returns ROFLMAO. You like giving interest free money to the government. HAHAHA! I rather owe then give those scum bags my money interest free.

Some countries have interest rates both ways.

I wish that was the case here then I could stack it in, but right now no way in hell I pay more in then I need to.

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#18 Posted by Horgen (120906 posts) -

@Xabiss said:
@horgen said:
@Xabiss said:

People actually get returns ROFLMAO. You like giving interest free money to the government. HAHAHA! I rather owe then give those scum bags my money interest free.

Some countries have interest rates both ways.

I wish that was the case here then I could stack it in, but right now no way in hell I pay more in then I need to.

That's usually the cheapest option for the people given that you have enough to pay it all off right away when the bill arrives.

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#19 Edited by Ezekiel43 (1705 posts) -

Pfff... My refund is shit this year anyway. I worked more last year than any year previously and am getting back less than in previous years. Largely because of that goddamn penalty for not having health insurance. Thanks, Obama. Even without that penalty, my refund is curiously smaller than usual.