WASHINGTON – An estimated 36,000 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees are set to return to work with deferred pay pursuant to a federal court ruling on Tuesday.
Judge Richard DeLeon, who sits on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, denied a request for a temporary restraining order by the National Treasury Employees Union that asked the court to overturn an order by the department to recall furloughed employees deemed essential. DeLeon also denied a request for a temporary restraining order by individual federal workers that sought permission for essential employees to take a leave of absence during the shutdown to work on other jobs.
The 2019 tax season begins on Jan. 28 and runs through April 15.
Refunds are expected to go out on time.
The government has now been partially shut down for 26 days. The shutdown is the longest in U.S. history.
Last week Congress passed legislation to provide backpay to federal workers once the shutdown ends.
At the moment lawmakers do not appear to be anywhere close to reaching an agreement to reopen the government.
The shutdown ensued due to a feud between President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats over his request for a $5.6 billion border wall.