Can the IRS Legally Dish Out Refunds During a Shutdown?

Doing an about-face on its legal interpretation, the Trump administration said Monday the IRS will disburse tax refunds even if the government remains shutdown. It’s a political no-brainer, but some are concerned about the precedent.

Charles Rettig listens during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination for Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, Thursday, June 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate is assessing President Donald Trump's choice to head the IRS, Charles Rettig, a Beverly Hills tax lawyer who would face the colossal challenge of overseeing the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

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