FARGO, N.D. --The government shutdown is causing concerns for a refund timeline ahead of tax season.

With the IRS closed, tax officials say there could be a possible delay in tax refunds.

If the shutdown continues past Martin Luther King Day, it could turn into a serious problem.

A local tax specialist says it shouldn't affect his business, but he is concerned for others banking on their refunds this year.

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"Most of the people that need this money that file this time of year are ones that are used to pay off debt, some of them use it as a savings account to pay their property taxes and things like that, so it could have a negative impact on people that are expecting refunds," said Barry Miller, an enrollment agent with FM Tax Professionals.

Miller said that even with the shutdown, you still continue with your tax prep as normal.