IRS will pay tax refunds during shutdown, White House official tells reporters

A Trump administration official says the Internal Revenue Service will pay tax refunds during the government shutdown, multiple national news agencies are reporting.

Acting White House Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought announced the decision Monday to pay tax refunds despite the fact that the IRS is affected to the shutdown, the Wall Street Journal reports. That’s a reversal of existing policy. Before Monday, the Trump administration — and previous presidential administrations — said refunds couldn’t be paid while the IRS is shut down.

“Tax refunds will go out,” Bloomberg reports Vought told reporters at the Monday briefing.

Bloomberg notes that the move that may ease pressure on Congress and President Donald Trump to reach a deal to end the shutdown. The financial news outlet explains: “in previous shutdown contingency plans, the IRS would accept tax returns during the filing season, but refunds would be delayed until the government was funded. Vought said the administration is fixing what he called a problem faced by past administrations.”