You will get your tax refund after all, White House says

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The Trump administration will direct the Internal Revenue Service to issue tax refunds during the ongoing federal government shutdown, reversing previous policy, officials said Monday.

The media company reports from the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought at a Monday briefing that "tax refunds will go out". The IRS had issued more than 6 million refunds, totaling $12.6 billion - an average refund of $2,035.

Pence says the president has invited Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi back to the White House to continue their discussions.

The partial government shutdown began over a dispute about border wall funding on December 22.

However, tax returns will be filed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed in 2017. They passed two bills meant to fund most of the government while leaving room to debate border security; their bills did not include money for the wall.

CBS News says White House officials announced tax refunds will go out and will not be affected by the shutdown.

"We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown". Some have had to reverse decisions or scour their budgets for extra money to try and minimize the impact, a process that intensified last week when Trump said the shutdown could continue for more than a year.

Flashback: As I wrote previously, the current shutdown contingency plans limited the IRS from sending tax refunds out.

The IRS said it will recall a "significant portion" of its roughly 52,000 furloughed employees to work on tax returns.

The new law, which took effect January 1, 2018, gave generous tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans and more modest reductions to middle- and low-income households.

- The partial federal government shutdown has dragged on for more than two weeks but eligible American taxpayers can still look forward to their tax refunds.

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