Listen: Scott Tong, White House And Internal Revenue Service discussed on Morning Edition
"The Trump administration is now promising the Internal Revenue Service will still keep sending out tax refunds colleague, Scott Tong is following this reversal in policy. Previously processing refunds was not deemed an essential government activities, Scott, what's the logic now. Well, the official reasoning here. Where is the White House wants to minimize the pain of the shutdown and regular Americans, and when past shutdowns the White House has van the IRS from doing this? Now, the White House budget office has a new policy, and the argument is that tax refunds are similar to social security checks, which have continued in past shutdowns, those are considered essential to protect life and property now, the unofficial reasoning according to skeptics is the White House wants to juice the economy and get the credit and the average refund last February is more than three thousand bucks. So that adds the hundreds of billions in economic stimulus with there's some debate here over whether this these refunds are allowed. I surely there is opponents are asking, well, what's the reason for this change into the detail? So far have been sketchy. They argue that if congress has not okayed the money for the treasury department. It can't spend it on IRS workers who have to process these refunds and right now eight out of nine IRS workers are home during the shutdown, and they would have to come back to do this work without any pay. If the filing season starts on January twenty eighth Scott Tong reports out of marketplace's Washington bureau Carlos gone until recently, the chairman of Nissan Motors of Japan and current CEO of Renault of France got his first moment in court today. He said today he is innocent and has been quote, wrongly accused and unfairly detained based on meritless and unsubstantiated accusations go and has been in detention for fifty days so far amid allegations he understated his compensation. A judge today refused to grant bail checking the markets."