Tax refunds will go out during shutdown, White House official says

The Trump administration has decided that tax refunds will be disbursed this year as scheduled despite the partial government shutdown.

The announcement Monday, which reverses previous policy — and surprised some in the administration’s own Treasury Department — means millions of Americans should not see a delay in their refunds even though thousands of IRS employees have been furloughed.

“Tax refunds will go out,” acting White House budget director Russ Vought told reporters Monday afternoon.

The decision is aimed at heading off the possibility of antagonizing millions of Americans who rely on their refunds — politically perilous for lawmakers now entrenched in a battle over President Donald Trump’s demands for billions in border wall funding.

House Democrats have been fanning concerns over refund delays, scheduling a vote this week on legislation to fund the IRS.

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