Business good for tax preparers as people rush to finish them before possible shutdown

If you haven't filed taxes yet, now would be the time. Family Tax Company in Fort Wayne says they've seen a rise in customers who need help since a possible government shutdown on February 15th looming.

Posted: Feb 7, 2019 7:45 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2019 6:46 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - If you haven't filed taxes yet, now would be the time. Family Tax Company in Fort Wayne says they've seen a rise in customers who need help since a possible government shutdown on February 15th looming.

"They're trying to come in now and hopefully get their refunds before and if we have another shutdown," said Family Tax Company Owner Deb Kessler.

Kessler says there are some new tax code changes.

"Since they've booked a standard deduction for everybody from almost double from what it was for each person it pretty much wipes out your Schedule A. You're no longer able to use it because your standard deduction is pretty high.You used to get $4,050 dollars last year for every person on your tax return. One of the other things that the change in the law did is took that away. People are now having less taken out of their check on a weekly basis which in turn causes them to get a smaller refund at the end of the year so the biggest thing they can probably take away is check your W-4's," said Kessler.

How long would it take for you to see your money after you file?

"It just depends on the shutdown, it just depends on whether they hit the IRS department at that time with the shutdown. We don't have any clue," said Kessler.

The 15th is when temporary funding for the federal agencies that were shut down for more than a month end.

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