Will the government shutdown delay my 2019 tax refund (I need it for bankruptcy)?

No, it will not.  Thank goodness!

In my bankruptcy practice, November – February are really rough because any time I meet a client with good tax refund coming, I tell him to wait.  My exact words in my heard are, “No, don’t pay me now.  I want to wait 4 months to see you again.  Dang it!”

If you file bankruptcy before you receive and spend that tax refund, you just may lose it.  This means that lots of clients with large families wait.  

This year, we have the current government shutdown with President Trump, the proposed border Wall with Mexico, and Democratic opposition to the same.  None of that affects your personal bankruptcy.  The IRS will still have employees process tax returns as of January 28, 2019.

Here is a link to a USA Today article that says the same thing:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/01/08/government-shutdown-tax-refunds-filing-starts-jan-29/2511995002/

So file those tax returns on January 28, 2019, use the refund to pay for your bankruptcy, spend the rest on food storage, clothing, and necessary medical, and we can file your bankruptcy case and get you a fresh start.

Here is a link on what to do with your tax refund:  https://robertspaynelaw.com/myutahbankruptcyblog/2018/12/10/what-happens-to-my-2018-tax-refund-when-i-file-bankruptcy/