The continuing government shutdown could affect your tax refund.

The partial federal shutdown has shuttered the Internal Revenu Service, which isn't doing the usual refunds, audits or customer service.

If you call the IRS during the shutdown all you will get is an automated response.

Tax filing usually starts in mid-January, so we still have a few weeks for it to be a concern. But a lingering shutdown could affect your refund timeline.

The IRS hasn't officially started accepting tax returns and a timeline hasn't been established, but be aware that if the government shutdown continues it could delay your filings for 2018.

You can check out more details on what the shutdown means for the IRS here.