TAX REFUNDS WON'T BE SHUT DOWN: Americans will receive their tax refunds, despite the ongoing partial government shutdown, the Trump administration says ... The White House Office of Management and Budget said Monday that the Internal Revenue Service would still send out tax refunds in the event the shutdown carries on into tax season. Officials said they want to make the shutdown as "painless as possible" for citizens.
Monday's announcement is a reversal of a traditional policy whereby Americans are allowed to pay taxes during a shutdown, but refunds are not issued. Trump said over the weekend that the shutdown standoff could last a "really long time."