Millions of Americans will receive their tax refunds on time, according to the White House, which directed the Internal Revenue Service to pay tax refunds during the federal shutdown.
Administration officials said it was legally permissible for the IRS to process tax returns during a government shutdown, according to the Washington Post.
The decision was announced Monday by White House Office of Management and Budget acting director Russell Vought.
In the past, IRS policy had prohibited the agency from performing audits, paying refunds or offering assistance to tax payers when a majority of its employees were absent during a shutdown.
Decisions regarding IRS staffing and when tax filing season will begin are still being worked out, officials said.