What another shutdown could do to your tax refund

WICHITA, Kan. The federal government will be funded for at least for the next two weeks.

Senators voted Monday to advance a short-term spending bill that ends the three day shutdown.

The federal government will now be open until February 8, but if it shuts down again it could impact your wallet.

You've probably heard the old adage that nothing is certain but death and taxes.

If the government shuts down again you will still have to pay your taxes if you owe, but if the government owes you money, you'll just have to wait.

"It would really challenge the household and some projects we're working on as a family, and then with projects with my business and different things, so it really is unfortunate," said Wichita resident, Marquis Murphy.

The IRS will open January 29, but the government shutdown is only averted until February 8.

Sue Hornung, owner of a Liberty Tax in Wichita recommends people file now.

"The sooner you file the better, if we're only going to have the IRS open for three weeks, if your return is in there, there's a much higher likelihood that it's going to get processed. If you don't have earned income tax credit, your refund could even get issued," she says.

If the government shuts down next month no refund, but if you owe, yes you have to pay.

That's one of the main reasons that the IRS is open and working with the essential employees, it's considered government property, and they are protecting the government property which is an essential function because they are going to be processing those returns that have checks in the envelopes," says Hornung.

Meanwhile, some people think paychecks could be an incentive to keep the government funded.

“If postal workers and military aren't going to get paid, government officials like senators, representatives shouldn't get paid either,” says Mulvane resident, Marilyn Berry.

Now the last shutdown occurred in October 2013 during the final extension deadline.

The Liberty Tax owner says if a shutdown does happen, it would be the first time in 35 years she's experienced it during filing season.

The IRS does have a contingency plan in the event of another federal government shutdown.