Despite shutdown, government will still collect your taxes

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2 2013 10:49 p.m. MDT

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But they can last longer, with the last shutdown occurring from Dec. 16, 1995, to Jan. 5, 1996. That's 21 days.

It's not clear yet how long this one will last, although it's already past the three-day average.
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techpubs
Sioux City, IA

Obviously places like the War Memorial, National Mall and other outdoor venues that can be viewed without entering any building should not have been barricaded. However the President wanted to make this situation as visible as possible to attempt to influence citizens with the idea that he and the Democrats don't have to negotiate to get exactly what they want.
But shutting down Nat'l Parks that generate revenue is not in the best interests of the Nation.

J-TX
Allen, TX

I for one was glad the shutdown happened, when I spoke on the phone with my IRS Auditor and she said she was pushing my 2010 issues out 2 months because she didn't know if they would ever get to processing them; they didn't know when they were coming back to work.

Well, Obama, when you hire 60,000 auditors out of the chute to squeeze every penny out of the taxpayers a la Prince John, and then your arrogance leads to shutting down the government, you create an unmanageable backlog. Thanks.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@J-TX
Uh... hiring auditors doesn't create a backlog.

worf
Mcallen, TX

We are being threatened by our leaders!

I thought, we the people were the employer, and they the employees? We didn't even check Obama to see if he had a birth certificate, let alone, do a back ground check.

Sorry liberals, but Obama is the president in charge. Not Boenhner, Ted Cruz, Republicans, George Bush, Tea Party, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, or Rush Limbaugh.

Obama is in charge, and responsible for this messy train wreck.

james d. morrison
Boise, CA

if only 9% of the IRS is working and it's not the revenue officers that do the collecting, then how are the taxes being collected?

U-tar
Woodland Hills, UT

Of course they will collect our taxes, and right after they do, they will waste it!

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

Despite the shutdown......no one will really notice? Obama will still play golf while impersonating Uerkle, Michelle and Bill Clinton will still hit McDonalds while encouraging America's kids to eat your broccoli, Free healthcare will still cost you, The Utes will get beat again, the Super Bowl will be great and we will let the Libs know that we cant wait for 2014!

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

@worf, statements like "we didn't even check Obama to see if he had a birth certificate" cost you credibility.

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

@worf:
"We didn't even check *** to see if he had a birth certificate..."

The Democrats were standing ready to scream 'racism'... so everyone (but Democrats) got cold feet. Huge mistake.

This foreigner is marching forward with his plan to ruin the US. Jihadists have announced publicly that they plan to ruin our country by destroying our financial system. They appear to be on track with our $17 trillion national debt.

"Sorry liberals, but Obama is the president in charge."

Obama is the government's Executive Branch leader. The Executive branch runs 95% of the government. If the government shuts down, he's doing it. Especially since the House passed a bill funding all of government but Obamacare.

@James morrison:
"...if only 9% of the IRS is working and it's not the revenue officers that do the collecting, then how are the taxes being collected?"

Employers collect income taxes via withholding... And remit them to IRS periodically.

@On the other hand:
"...statements like 'we didn't even check Obama to see if he had a birth certificate' cost you credibility."

The credibility problem is a leader who won't disclose his records.

Mr. Bean
Phoenix, AZ

@worf:
"We didn't even check... to see if he had a birth certificate..."

Of course he didn't have an authentic birth certificate. And he hasn't supplied his college/university documents either... which will show registration as a foreigner.

Jihadists have announced publicly that they plan to ruin our country by destroying our financial system. Their effort appears to be on track with our $17 trillion national debt.

"Sorry liberals, but Obama is the president in charge."

Obama is the government's Executive Branch leader. The Executive branch runs 95% of the government. If the government shuts down, he's doing it. Especially since the House passed a bill funding all of government but Obamacare.

@James morrison:
"...if only 9% of the IRS is working and it's not the revenue officers that do the collecting, then how are the taxes being collected"

Employers collect income taxes via withholding... And remit them to IRS periodically.

@On the other hand:
"...statements like 'we didn't even check Obama to see if he had a birth certificate' cost you credibility."

The credibility problem is a leader who won't disclose his records.

ChuloDO
Salt Lake City, UT

Sorry, Mr. Bean, but prior presidents have not been expected to release college records, so it's not unreasonable that President Obama decided not to either. So it is disingenuous for you to expect President Obama to do something different, when he has gone to American schools for most of his life anyway.

With regard to President Obama's citizenship, Hawaii Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino has stated on two separate occasions that (s)he has seen Barack Obama's birth certificate, and it is valid.

Your use of the word "Jihadists" is inaccurate and inflammatory. While politicians on both sides of the aisle may put their own individual interests ahead of those of the country (not a new tendency), the closest that we have come to Jihad is the Republicans recently flirting with the idea of government shutdown and default, the effects of which have already hurt average Americans.

As for the IRS continuing to collect taxes, that's a good thing. Congress has already pledged to pay furloughed workers, so there is no cost savings from the shutdown. Any surplus of taxes would help to pay off the debts that the gov't (including Bush and Reagan administrations) have already incurred.

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