According to the Detroit Free Press, the government shutdown  has put all sorts of things on hold.

But don't expect the Washington standoff to end up delaying the deadline for filing your income taxes.

This year, the tax deadline is the traditional April 15 with or without the shutdown.  There is a risk that tax refunds would be delayed if a federal budget deal isn't reached by late January or so.

The Internal Revenue Service can process tax returns during a shutdown.  It can't hand over tax refunds.

About 15 million of all 150 million tax filers have filed in January over the last few years.  Please click on the above link for more information.