In the event the government shuts down after midnight on Friday, April 8, all taxpayers should continue filing their tax returns and paying their taxes as normal. The April 18 deadline remains in effect.
The IRS plans to continue accepting all tax returns -- both electronic and paper. Refunds will continue to be processed normally for electronically filed tax returns, and most taxpayers will not see delays for e-filed returns. However, taxpayers should expect delays for paper tax refunds.
Taxpayers can still expect to receive refunds in less than two weeks with direct deposit.
If people have already filed their return and the IRS has started processing their tax return, they generally will see no delays in their refunds being issued. The best source for information will be checking "Where's My Refund" at www.IRS.gov.