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Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 9:23 AM
— Millions of Americans are ready to file their 1040s when the tax season opens Jan. 29 , but will the Internal Revenue service be open to process them? And how long will it take to get a refund?
When Congress failed to agree on a funding bill early Saturday, the U.S. government officially ran out of money for the fiscal year and shut down, triggering furloughs for “non-essential” employees.
That could impact the more than 155 million individual tax returns that the IRS is expected to receive in 2018.
The plan says that “If the IRS is confronted by a lapse in appropriations during the 2018 Tax Filing Season, the IRS will need to continue return processing activities to the extent necessary to protect Government property, which includes tax revenue, and maintain the integrity of the federal tax collection process, along with certain other activities authorized under the Anti-Deficiency Act.”
Fine, fine. But what about those refunds?
Here’s what will -- and won’t -- happen:
There will be no refunds issued
There will be no audits or examinations, although there may be some exceptions
There will be no processing of non-disaster relief transcripts
Forms such as 1040X or amended returns will not be processed
There will be no non-automated collections
According to Forbes, here are some functions that will continue:
Mailing of tax forms
Call centers, which will remain open during filing season (more than 10,000 customers service representatives will handle telephone calls)
Processing returns that include payments
Civil and criminal tax cases
Active criminal investigations
The IRS website, IRS.gov;
More than 3,000 IT-related workers will remain on the job
This is a contingency plan, of course. The last time the government shut down in 2013, everything closed, including customer service and call centers, Forbes reported.
And what about the Republican tax cut bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last month? Tax experts said that a lengthy shutdown could complicate the challenge the IRS faces in implementing the new guidelines, The Washington Post reported.
As Feds Prepare For Shutdown, Here’s What It Means For IRS And Taxpayers https://t.co/OpqBIwxPAS— Kelly Phillips Erb (@taxgirl) January 20, 2018
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:39 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:53 PM
— Rick Gates, a former aide in President Donald Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements and conspiring against the United States on Friday, making him the fifth person to enter a guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
JUST IN: Ex-Trump campaign aide Gates pleads guilty to U.S. special counsel's charges on conspiracy, lying pic.twitter.com/lcUiDIkovJ— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 23, 2018
READ MORE: Paul Manafort, Rick Gates face new charges: report | Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe| Who is Rick Gates and why was he indicted by Robert Mueller? | Who is Paul Manafort, the man indicted in Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation? | What are Paul Manafort and Rick Gates charged with? | MORE
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:35 PM
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — The school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.[View the story "Stoneman Douglas resource officer resigns after investigation" on Storify]
Follow along with our live updates as we learn more
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:45 AM
LEANDER, Texas — A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Texas after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit.
Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock, was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The victim said Amozurrutia was giving her a ride home Sunday when he began making unwanted advances toward her, the affidavit said. It said she told him to stop so he stopped his pickup and pushed her out. She said that when he drove away, he struck her with the truck, the affidavit said. It said police were alerted at 2:26 a.m. Sunday about the incident in the 400 block of Blockhouse Drive.
The victim had an injury on the left side of her face, and also scratches and red marks on her hands and knees, according to the affidavit. The affidavit does not say how the victim and Amozurrutia knew each other.
A witness who also was in the pickup said she got out of the truck with the victim and saw it strike her, the affidavit said.
It also said two other witnesses who were driving by saw the victim struck and knocked to the ground by an open door on the passenger side when the truck pulled away.
It said the two witnesses told police the driver left without offering to help the victim.
Police stopped Amozurrutia at a nearby gas station for an unrelated offense and were able to identify his truck as the one that hit the victim, the affidavit said.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 1:31 PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In the wake of mass shooting at a Florida high school, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday proposed a three-point plan to prevent gun violence that includes banning the sale of firearms to anyone younger than 21.
The announcement comes more than one week after deputies said Nikolas Cruz, 19, returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after being expelled, fatally shot 17 people and injured more than a dozen others.
Scott's plan also calls for a trained law enforcement officer in every school in the state by the time the 2018 school year begins -- one officer for every 1,000 students on campus.
The plan will require mandatory active shooter training at all schools. Students, teachers and staff must complete all training and "code red" drills by the end of the first week of each semester.
Stoneman Douglas had one armed resource officer, who never entered the school during the shooting.
"I want to make it virtually impossible for anyone who has mental issues to use a gun," Scott said Friday during a news conference at the Florida State Capitol. "I want to make it virtually impossible for anyone who is a danger to themselves or others to use a gun."
The sale of bump stocks will be completely banned under the proposal.
Scott on Tuesday met with members of law enforcement, school administrators, teachers, mental health experts and leaders of various state agencies to discuss school safety and possible changes to gun laws.
Scott also met with students this week.
"He was very open to our ideas," Rain Valladares said. "He didn't say, 'I agree; I disagree.' He just wanted to hear our input on everything."
Student Carlos Rodriguez said he and his classmates will continue to fight for change.
"I'm hopeful and I'm confident that things will go well, because we are one voice -- we are one powerful voice," he said. "This is a movement that was begun by students and is run by students, and this is just one step.”