With funding for the government assured through to Feb 15th, things can finally start to return to normal. Unfortunately, that return isn’t an immediate process. It will take work and there will certainly be consequences from the closure.
Former counselor to the IRS commissioner and senior counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee Jorge Castro, had some common sense to share on the issue, “Just because you reopen the government, doesn’t mean that on Day 1 everything is normal,” said Castro. “There’s still a backlog. The IRS has not been at full capacity in its operations for over a month.”
What Castro implies is that after 35 days of shutdown, the IRS has some severe catching up to do. Combined with a new tax law complicating the issue it’s highly likely that for many Americans tax returns will be delayed this year.
Sadly there isn’t much to be done at this point. Workers have returned and the government is up and running, at least currently. The only thing to do is hope that these workers, who have been enduring their own financial hardships, will still be willing to work harder than ever.