Despite shutdown, government will still collect your taxes (15 items)
The government shut down on Tuesday, and with it came the interruption of many federal services.
Here is a list of facts that provide insight into what areas of government are affected most, how many federal employees are feeling the crunch and how much the shutdown costs per hour, etc.
If previous trends are a good predictor of how long the shutdown will last, the federal government will be back on track soon.
1 of 15. There are 800,000 federal employees being put on furlough as a result of the shutdown.
Utah is expected to see 40,000 furloughed.
2 of 15. Roughly 3.3 million federal employees will still work, though not all of them will be paid.
Some, such as post office and federal mint employees, are funded through other means, and thus aren't reliant on Congress for their pay.
Others, such as Social Security workers, are considered essential enough to still work, but they won't be able to collect a paycheck until the shutdown ends. This would have included members of the 1.3 million strong military, but a bill was passed late Monday night ensuring they will receive pay on time.
3 of 15. You'll still get your mail.
So rain, sleet, snow, tornadoes or large-scale government shut downs, you'll still get your mail.
4 of 15. Your taxes will still be collected.
5 of 15. You can still get a passport, if you hurry.
Several departments that would normally be shut down, such as the Patent and Trademark Office, estimate they have enough spare funds lying around to continue operating for some time, though not indefinitely.