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Updated Sep 20, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Bad news: Despite a possible shutdown, you still pay taxes

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If you thought the looming potential shutdown of the federal government meant you didn’t need to pay taxes, think again.

According to CNN, a government shutdown doesn’t mean critical services aren’t still provided to the American populace. One of those services is banking, meaning taxes are still collected.

Should the shutdown take place, only a few things are affected, namely federal employees, national parks and federally-contracted projects. Services like air traffic control, border protection and Medicaid would not be affected.

Another delightful fact: While in shutdown mode, Congress and President Barack Obama will still get paychecks. Most of their staffers won’t.

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