The IRS announced that tax season will begin on January 28, 2019.  The Trump administration also announced that refunds will be issued during the tax season even if that overlaps with the government shutdown.  For the tax season, there are workers who will not be furloughed any longer though they will still work without pay.  Does that mean the rest of the IRS will be on furlough?  I also discuss the private tax collection agencies contracted to work IRS collections cases.  Are they now working cases without IRS guidance?  The government shutdown seems to bring more questions than answers as it comes closer to being the longest government shutdown with furloughed employees.

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