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When to Expect a Tax Refund During the Government Shutdown

Concerned about not getting your federal tax refund because of the partial government shutdown? Worry no more!

Here’s when you can look forward to your tax refund in 2019…

As the partial government shutdown grinds on, the Internal Revenue Service has recalled 46,000 furloughed workers to process tax returns and issue refunds this year.

The returning employees, who will work without pay until the government reopens, will help get you your refund in a timely manner this year.

But what exactly does “timely manner” mean?

IRS Pledges Regular Schedule

Historically, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has said it issues most refunds in less than 21 calendar days after you file your return. Fortunately, the top brass at the IRS has pledged to honor that timeline again this year.

“We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig noted in an online statement.

The IRS tax refund schedule for 2019 is beginning to take shape, notably with a commencement date in late January.

The IRS will begin accepting returns and processing refunds on Monday, January 28.

It’s important for you to be aware that the way you file and how you request a refund can impact how long it takes for your money to show up.

E-File Faster Than Paper Returns

This year, the IRS strongly recommends that you e-file your taxes, rather than sending in a paper return. Of course, everyone must make their own decision about which method to use when filing.

Past experience and recent assurances from the IRS provides us with an estimate* for the 2019 tax refund schedule.

Estimated 2019 Refund Schedule

2019 estimated-refund-schedule-chart

*Please note that this schedule is no way binding, nor is it guaranteed in any way. It is simply an estimate of what you may expect this year based on the latest available information.

Tracking Your Refund

Once you file, you can track the status of your refund at Where’s My Refund? You just need three pieces of info to get started:

  • Social security number
  • Your filing status
  • Your exact refund amount

Be sure to allow 24 hours after you’ve e-filed before you check — or four weeks if you are mailing a paper return.