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IRS will still give out tax refunds despite government shutdown, White House says

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Despite the ongoing government shutdown, a White House official says the IRS will still pay out tax refunds. Russell Vought, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, announced the news to reporters on Monday, according to Bloomberg.

In the past when the government has been shut down, tax refunds were delayed because the government did not have funding. But Vought said that the Trump administration is trying to change this policy, which he says was an issue during previous administrations.

"The refunds will go out as normal. There is an indefinite appropriation to pay tax refunds," Vought said.

The Hill reports that it is unknown whether President Trump can legally give out refunds during a shutdown. As of now, close to 90 percent of IRS workers are currently without work because of the disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over funding for a border wall, ABC News reports. The government may consider bringing back those furloughed workers without pay in order to successfully process tax returns, according to the Associated Press.

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