The recent government shutdown had far-reaching implications in many areas of our economy, even reaching and impacting the Internal Revenue Service! But alas, that impact was not what you would have hoped . . . the IRS this past week announced that as a result of the shutdown over the first 3 weeks of October, they will not be able to begin processing tax returns as early as they usually do! No, a 3 week shutdown in October will translate into a 2 week delay in processing returns in January.