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Government shutdown could delay tax refunds, especially for low-income workers

Tax season could have some complications this year, between the prospect of a government shutdown and the 2017 data breach at credit reporting agency Equifax EFX, +1.38%

A partial government shutdown may happen for the first time since 2013 if Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on part of a bill related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). If the bill does not pass before Saturday morning, some government agencies, including the Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service, could “furlough” or temporarily put on leave, some of their employees.

During the shutdown in 2013, which lasted 16 days, more than 90% of IRS workers were furloughed, which resulted in delaying some $2.2 billion in refunds to individual taxpayers.

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