NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The US federal government shutdown is officially the longest on record. With no end in sight, and negotiations in Washington at a standstill, 800,000 government workers continue to go without pay, while federal agencies like the IRS cut back on their duties. As the shutdown rolls on, taxpayers have been left wondering: what does it mean for tax season?

Recently, Mark Steber, Chief Tax Officer of Jackson Hewitt, teamed with YourUpdateTV to discuss the potential impact of the government shutdown and recent tax reform on your tax refund.

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It’s the first tax season following the largest tax reform in over 30 years and now the government shutdown has added an entire layer of confusion. According to a recent survey by Jackson Hewitt, 45.3% of people do not think tax reform will impact them. Since tax reform impacts every single taxpaying citizen, there may be a lot of surprised taxpayers once they go to file.  

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About Mark Steber:
As Chief Tax Officer with Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Mark is responsible for key initiatives that support overall tax service delivery and quality assurance. Mark also serves as a Jackson Hewitt liaison with the Internal Revenue Service, States, and other government authorities.

About Jackson Hewitt:
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service provides its hard-working clients access to innovative, low-cost solutions when they get their taxes done. With close to 6,000 locations, including 3,000 in Walmart stores, Jackson Hewitt makes tax preparation simple and convenient. Clients get the maximum refund and 100% accuracy guaranteed.

About YourUpdateTV: 
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.