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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: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 3:12 PM
Venting his frustration in a series of tweets on Sunday, President Donald Trump again demanded to know how the Justice Department, FBI, and Obama Administration handled questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying he would request a new review specifically to see if an investigation was opened for ‘political purposes’ involving his campaign.
“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” the President said.
It was one of a number of tweets where Mr. Trump flashed aggravation with the investigation into questions of Russian interference in the 2016 elections this weekend, as he repeated his charge that the feds had gone easy on Hillary Clinton and Democrats, while focusing investigative resources on his own campaign.
What seemingly set off Mr. Trump on Sunday was a report in the New York Times, which said Donald Trump Jr. had held a meeting at Trump Tower in the months before the elections, to hear an offer of help from emissaries of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
“The Witch Hunt finds no Collusion with Russia – so now they’re looking at the rest of the World,” the President tweeted.
The President’s call for a review of how the FBI handled questions about Russian interference is already the subject of a review inside the Justice Department – it wasn’t clear how this request would be dealt with by officials.
“There are rules,” said Carrie Cordero, a former Justice Department national security lawyer, who is now a professor at Georgetown University Law School.
In Congress, Democrats saw the President’s tweets as a signal of one thing – that he’s worried about what investigators are finding out about the 2016 probe, as they raised questions of whether the President is trying to exert political pressure on the Justice Department.
“The President has sent 8 tweets in 5 hours on Hillary and the Mueller investigation,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA). “He is unhinged.”
“A President who has nothing to hide would not have done another series of tweets this Sunday Morning smearing the DOJ investigation,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 11:26 PM
NEW YORK — A man got more than his hair cut, when an argument with the barber over the style led to the man getting thrown through a glass window, police said.
The 33-year old victim was not satisfied with his haircut Thursday and threatened not to pay, according to the New York Daily News. In response, the barber at Levels Barbershop, in Brooklyn, pushed the man, who fell through the shop’s front window.
"He didn't see the push coming. All his body weight went through the window," Free Small, 39, another barber at the shop, told the Daily News. “I would have fixed the dude's hair for him for free. Especially if I knew it was going to be a problem."
The barber who pushed the man then fled the shop. Other barbers at the shop said they do not know the man’s name or how to reach him, according to the Daily News.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 3:31 PM
— In a tweet Sunday afternoon, President Donald Trump said he will demand that the Justice Department investigate whether it or the FBI spied on his 2016 presidential campaign for political reasons, CNN reported.
"I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes -- and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
According to several reports Friday, the FBI sent a confidential source to speak with some advisers to Trump's presidential campaign about its possible ties to Russia.
"If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal," Trump tweeted Saturday.
If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal. Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers. Drain the Swamp!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2018
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 2:47 PM
Three Centerville students have been honored nationally for their academic achievements in writing.
Kevin Yin and Ben Thomas, both juniors at Centerville High School, were selected for a 2018 Achievement Award in Writing, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Both students attend Andrew Yuker’s Advanced Placement (AP) Literature class.
The NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students to write and to recognize some of the best student writers in the nation.
Only students who are juniors may participate. Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad, and the Virgin Islands are eligible to nominate students for the writing program.
This year, schools nominated 462 students for the award, and 227 received the honor. Each student submitted two pieces of writing, and two independent judges scored each submission on expression of ideas, language use, unique perspective and voice.
Kayla Hughes, an eighth-grade student in Kim Crasto’s English Language Arts Class at Magsig Middle School, has been recognized as a Promising Young Writer by the NCTE.
The Promising Young Writers Program represents NCTE’s commitment to early and continuing work in the development of writing. The school-based writing program was established in 1985 to stimulate and recognize writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students.
This year, schools nominated 129 students for the program. Each student submitted two pieces of writing, and two independent judges evaluated each submission holistically on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development and style.