Taxes collected, coins produced if government shuts down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Treasury Department will continue to collect taxes, freeze assets, print currency and produce coins if the government is forced to shut down at midnight on Friday.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are scrambling to broker a federal spending package that will keep the government running past tonight.

If they fail to reach an agreement, thousands of federal workers identified as nonessential workers will be furloughed, national parks will be closed and many official websites will darken.

But with the April 18 deadline looming to file taxes, a good chunk of the Treasury Department will stay open to collect the receipts, the agency said on its website on Friday.

The Treasury will continue to sell debt needed to operate the government and a handful of Treasury-related bureaus that are not funded by government appropriations will operate as normal.

Those include bank regulator the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, as well as the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which together produce coins and currency for the country.

(Reporting by Rachelle Younglai)

Taxes collected, coins produced if government shuts down