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Ruppersberger Votes to Ensure Families Get their Tax Refunds On Time

Jan 9, 2019
Press Release
About 2.35 million households in Maryland receive tax refunds each year

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger voted to pass legislation funding the U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS for fiscal year 2019 to remove all doubt that hard-working Marylanders will receive their tax refunds in full and on time.  Each year, about 2.35 million Maryland households receive an average tax return of about $2,860, which will remain in jeopardy as long as President Trump and Senate Republicans refuse to end the partial government shutdown and fully re-open the IRS.

Last week, the Trump Administration announced that the IRS – currently operating with just 12 percent of its workforce – will be unable to issue tax refunds during the shutdown. Then, after House leaders announced plans to pass legislation fully funding the IRS, the Administration said it would bring back some furloughed employees in order to process refunds on-time.

“The only way to prevent confusion and ensure that all Americans will receive their tax refunds without delay is to fully re-open the IRS and bring all IRS employees back to work,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “We must end this senseless shutdown today.”

The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a complete funding package known as a “minibus” to re-open the government.  Senate leaders refuse to bring that bill up for a vote, despite having previously passed identical legislation.  Now, over the coming days, the House is taking action to re-open all government agencies that are affected by passing individual, bipartisan appropriations bills.

“I believe in governing responsibly and will not allow hard-working Marylanders or the American people to be held hostage by the President’s demand for a border wall,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “We can debate border security funding and strategy, as soon as the government is reopened."