Kaptur Votes to Ensure Families Get Their Tax Refunds Without Delay and to Re-Open the Treasury Department and Other Key Agencies

January 10, 2019
Press Release
About 4,615,383 Households in Ohio Receive Tax Refunds Each Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and Senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, yesterday joined House Democrats to pass the FY 2019 Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) appropriations bill to remove all doubt that hard-working Ohioans will receive their tax refunds in full and on time. Each year, about 4,615,383 Ohio households receive an average tax return of about $2,518, which will remain in jeopardy as long as the President and Senate Republicans refuse to end the Trump Shutdown and fully re-open IRS. State-by-state data from the IRS can be found here.

 

Earlier this week, after House Democrats announced plans to pass this bill, the Trump Administration suddenly reversed its previous announcement that the IRS is unable to issue tax refunds during a shutdown; and stated it will bring back some furloughed employees.  However, 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.

“There should be absolutely no confusion that Ohioans will get their tax refund in full and on time.  Of course reopening the government is a first step,” said Kaptur. “On Day One of the new Congress, the House Democratic Majority took the first steps to restore certainty to people's lives by passing a complete funding package with Senate Republicans’ language to re-open government. Yet, Senate Republicans refused to bring that bill up for a vote. Now, over the coming days, Democrats will take action to re-open all government agencies that are shut by passing individual, bipartisan appropriations bills.”

 

“The President needs to assure those on his side of the aisle who are waiting for his signal, that he will sign legislation to re-open the Department of the Treasury and the IRS as soon as the Senate passes this legislation,” continued Kaptur. “House Democrats believe in governing responsibly and will not allow hard-working Ohioans or the American people to be held hostage by the President’s reckless demands. We will continue to work to re-open government, and keep our promise to deliver progress for all Americans.”

 

TRUMP SHUTDOWN IMPACTS:
TAX REFUNDS IN JEOPARDY ACROSS THE COUNTRY

STATE

Number of Tax Filers Issued Tax Refunds

Average Tax Refund

Alabama

1,668,205

$2,784

Alaska

281,918

$2,815

Arizona

2,267,224

$2,659

Arkansas

1,003,069

$2,735

California

13,762,053

$2,912

Colorado

2,040,196

$2,645

Connecticut

1,412,536

$3,113

Delaware

369,244

$2,796

D.C.

281,001

$2,949

Florida

7,952,393

$2,924

Georgia

3,644,655

$2,814

Hawaii

541,506

$2,554

Idaho

570,841

$2,438

Illinois

5,024,942

$2,900

Indiana

2,601,369

$2,602

Iowa

1,153,791

$2,589

Kansas

1,057,376

$2,646

Kentucky

1,605,908

$2,641

Louisiana

1,633,325

$3,087

Maine

515,097

$2,321

Maryland

2,350,025

$2,863

Massachusetts

2,728,086

$2,864

Michigan

3,816,778

$2,556

Minnesota

2,135,303

$2,515

Mississippi

1,031,115

$2,904

Missouri

2,249,039

$2,592

Montana

379,672

$2,372

Nebraska

720,503

$2,599

Nevada

1,123,339

$2,817

New Hampshire

564,292

$2,587

New Jersey

3,517,476

$3,036

New Mexico

733,125

$2,637

New York

7,812,711

$3,077

North Carolina

3,616,657

$2,619

North Dakota

282,131

$2,954

Ohio

4,615,383

$2,518

Oklahoma

1,317,152

$3,074

Oregon

1,450,741

$2,385

Pennsylvania

5,113,174

$2,643

Rhode Island

439,336

$2,648

South Carolina

1,736,382

$2,561

South Dakota

326,744

$2,620

Tennessee

2,494,470

$2,713

Texas

10,221,525

$3,189

Utah

1,047,151

$2,663

Vermont

257,738

$2,353

Virginia

3,161,298

$2,761

Washington

2,790,617

$2,661

West Virginia

655,678

$2,631

Wisconsin

2,258,571

$2,429

Wyoming

219,062

$2,945

United States

121,244,896

$3,186

 

   

Source: IRS, SOI Tax Stats – State Data FY 2017. November 15, 2018.

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