Shulman Says Tax Returns Still Due April 18 if Government Closes

IRS Commissioner Shulman says that in the event of a government shutdown, taxpayers are still expected to send in their tax returns by the April 18 filing deadline. With just 12 days to go before that date and a shutdown possible on April 8, “the American people should file and they're required to file,” Shulman says at a National Press Club forum. If the government closes, IRS operations will be affected, he says, but the agency will be able to normally process and issue refunds for electronically filed returns, which are handled through an automatic system. Processing of paper returns will be delayed, and refunds for paper returns also will be delayed, he says.