The Internal Revenue Service announced Monday tax season will go on as planned despite the government shutdown. The agency is recalling a "significant" portion of its workforce currently furloughed.
"We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig on Monday. "I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to taxpayers."
The move is part of the agency's "Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan" which will be released to the public within the next several days.
The IRS also announced it will begin processing individual tax returns on January 28, 2019 and is encouraging people to file electronically to minimize errors and receive faster refunds.
The deadline for the 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15 for most taxpayers. Those who live in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 17th due to Patriot's Day.