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"Versus a person who doesn't owe the IRS and is expecting a refund, they won't be getting a refund".

As budget negotiations to reopen the government have stalled over President Donald Trump's demand for funding to build a border wall, the risk is growing that tax refunds could be delayed if furloughed IRS workers don't return to work.

CLEVELAND- If the government shutdown continues, here's a twist: You would still owe your taxes on time.

Currently, the IRS is operating with a skeleton staff although they are expected to add personnel for the impending tax filing season.

You still have to pay, but your refund may get held up. With little or no income-tax liability, these taxpayers often use a sizable refund to help pay down debt, the publication says.

The agency is now operating with only 12.5 percent of its workforce, with 10,000 federal employees due to the partial government shutdown.

While the lack of refunds could affect early filers, it's less likely to do so for those in higher tax brackets.

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Tax-filing season normally begins in mid-January and most people receive there W-2 forms towards the end of the month.

When the government does re-open, when will people get their money?

Tax filing season begins in mid-January, and returns are due to the IRS by April 15 -raising the possibility that the shutdown could hit taxpayers who are depending on a speedy refund.

Meanwhile, the IRS will also stop several other functions: audits, return examinations, non-automated collections, and 1040X processing, among other operations. The IRS is already going to have to update its contingency plan now that the shutdown has lasted longer than five business days.

Bearden said before the shutdown, the IRS was still trying to update its systems to process taxes with the new laws passed a year ago.

He believes the main impact will be felt by taxpayers who are due refunds, but he says there is a solution.