Local residents give their thoughts on tax refunds, government shutdown

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DOTHAN, AL (WDHN) — As the government shutdown enters its 17th day on Tuesday, many people are giving their opinions of how the shutdown should end.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” Dothan resident Don Bryant said. “If it didn’t take another 30 days, I know there are people hurt by it, but they got to take (it) and bite their tongue and hold on.”

“We’re throwing our money away into a wall than bringing people jobs with border agents,” Dothan resident Dennis Sanders said. “Let’s take care of Americans.”

Many Americans feel that their tax refunds may also be affected by the shutdown, but according to local CPA Bradley Bedwell, taxpayers won’t have to worry this season.

“The IRS is beginning 12 percent of its workforce back to work but without pay to ensure that tax season starts without delay, and taxpayers will receive their refund timely,” Bedwell said.

Even though nothing will change this tax season, Bedwell encourages taxpayers to be mindful of who files there taxes.

“Ensure that your tax preparer is credible because you are giving them all your personal information to secure a loan or credit,” Bedwell said.

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