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Tax refunds not impacted by shutdown, specialists say

Posted at 4:54 AM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 10:08:38-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - The partial government shutdown has been going on for 35 days, this as income tax season gears up.

With the government shutdown many have wondered whether they should file their taxes, wait until the shutdown is over or if their refund will be delayed.

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H&R Block tax specialists, however, say no one should worry and everyone should file their taxes as soon as possible in order to get the process moving along quickly.

"I would like to advise all your viewers and the taxpayers not to wait to file their taxes. This shutdown is not the first one and it will not prevent anyone from filing taxes," said Maria Jose Swailem, the office manager for a Tucson H&R Block.

However, if you're still wary about your refund there are a few steps you can take to ensure your tax process goes smoothly.

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First off, filing your taxes electronically whether that be through a tax preparation site or through a tax professional.

It is also recommended to as for your refund to come through direct deposit rather than in the form of a paper check.

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The IRS is expected to begin processing refunds on Jan 28, according to tax specialists.