IRS Warns of Backlogs as Tax Filing Season Kicks Off

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The Internal Revenue Service is already Warning The backlog of paperwork says it will be difficult to reach IRS employees by telephone for the 2021 income tax filing season and refunds may be delayed.

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Backlog built up during pandemic office closures. New tax benefits and programs in the past two years are also complicating the processing.

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According to the Washington Post, Treasury Department officials said it could be a “disappointing season.” phone calls with journalists,

IRS was 6 million The Wall Street Journal reported that unprocessed 2020 returns as of December 23, as well as 2.3 million unprocessed amended tax returns as of January 1. Those who have sent missing forms or documents can wait up to two months for a response.

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This year, tax filers must include the child tax credit and economic stimulus checks received in 2021, and the IRS is sending taxpayers letters with those amounts.

The IRS will begin accepting 2021 tax returns on January 24, and expects to be processed 160 million return this year.

The agency is urging people to create accounts online at IRS.gov, collect their tax records now, file returns electronically and submit tax refund requests directly instead of by paper checks.

Biden Administration Proposes $80 Billion to Strengthen IRS Enforcement Capacity, Doubling the Workforce, and More Effectively Collecting $700 billion One year in unpaid taxes. But the funding set aside in President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion Build Back Better bill has stalled in the Senate.

This year’s tax deadline is Monday, April 18. The IRS has no plans to postpone the filing deadline, as it did in 2020 and 2021, Treasury officials said Monday. Taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts have until April 19 to file because of the Patriots Day holiday.

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