After sixteen days of partial federal government shutdown, the IRS has set the date that is prepared to start processing 2018 tax returns. Returns can be filed beginning on January 28th and that it will pay tax refunds even if the shutdown is still in effect as of that date.
2017 tax returns could be filed beginning January 23rd 2018, so this year's date represents a five day additional delay.
The IRS did not extend the deadline to file 2018 tax returns. Personal returns must still be filed by April 15th 2019. Most states follow the federal calendar.
More than three quarters of the IRS’s workforce was furloughed as a result of the current partial shutdown because the IRS was one of the agencies that was not fully funded for Fiscal Year 2019 (its funding ran out on December 21st). The agency will re-categorize much of its personnel as essential before the the 28th in order to get the 2018 tax filing season moving. "Essential personnel", such as those in the military and federal police services, must still work while pay has been suspended during the shutdown.
Partnership and S-corporation returns must be filed by March 15th. C-corporation returns must be filed by April 15th. Employers must still mail out Forms W-2 and 1099 by January 31st.
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