The commissioner of the State Department of Revenue Services says the federal government shutdown could take an economic toll.
"If this lasts more than a couple of weeks and if it begins to roll into the debt ceiling debate and that gets mucked up, the economic recovery we have seen in the last year is dramatically at risk," said Kevin Sullivan, commissioner of the state D.R.S.
He says the impact on business could affect the state tax agency.
"For a tax collection agency, that means fewer contracts, fewer people working, less income. All of that has tax implications because it has economic implications," said Sullivan.
Wednesday, Sullivan spoke to Business Council of Fairfield County members about tax service improvements. The state recently completed a policy review project.
But the longer the shutdown, the longer people will have to wait for tax refunds. The Internal Revenue Service announced it won't issue any refunds until the government starts operating normally.
"These are moments where a message of no confidence gets sent to all the economic forces of the nation. So by playing games in Washington, people are suffering," said Sullivan.