Your taxes are still due even if the government shuts down

Hey, be sure the last one out of Washington turns out the lights.

As the U.S. government moves to the brink of a shutdown with budget talks stalled, taxpayers should remember one thing as tax day nears: Tax collection may be considered “essential.”

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman last week told a congressional hearing he was in talks with the White House budget agency about contingency plans in the event of a government shutdown.

Taxes are due this year on April 18.

Lawmakers and the Obama administration continued talks yesterday to avert a shutdown, racing against expiration of a temporary government funding measure that ends this Friday.

When the IRS Commissioner was asked about the potential for a shutdown last week, talks seemed productive.

“Everybody is hopeful that there won’t be a shutdown,” Shulman said, noting negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House were ongoing.

An IRS spokeswoman could not speculate on how the agency would handle a shutdown this time.

Shutdown could hurt economy

President Barack Obama warned yesterday that a federal government shutdown would seriously disrupt the U.S. economy, after Republican and Democratic leaders failed to make headway on a budget deal.

With the clock ticking toward a government shutdown on Friday, Obama said he would call negotiators from both parties back to the White House if necessary to break an impasse.


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