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Backlog is 'still crushing' IRS, agency's taxpayer advocate tells Congress

Added 06-22-22 01:03:01pm EST - “The IRS backlog has grown worse over the last year and millions of returns filed on paper this year have yet to be touched by the agency, the country's official taxpayer advocate told Congress in a new report Wednesday.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Backlog is ‘still crushing’ IRS, agency’s taxpayer advocate tells Congress”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The IRS backlog has grown worse over the last year and millions of returns filed on paper this year have yet to be touched by the agency, the country’s official taxpayer advocate told Congress in a new report Wednesday.

They could be waiting up to 10 months to get their refunds, said National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins.

As of late last month, the IRS was sitting on a pile of 21.3 million unprocessed paper tax returns, at least 10.5 million of them filed by individual taxpayers. Both numbers were worse than at the same point in 2021, the advocate said.

The IRS has pumped resources into the situation and expects to clear the final batch of last year’s returns this week, then turn its attention to the forms filed in this year’s tax season, none of which have been touched, the new report said.

“The IRS has said it is aiming to crush the backlogged inventory this year, and I hope it succeeds. Unfortunately, at this point, the backlog is still crushing the IRS, its employees, and most importantly, taxpayers,” Ms. Collins said.

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