Tax Return Delays Continue To Mount Heading Into 2022

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“At a time when the IRS was charged with dispersing several rounds of federal economic relief to help Americans weather the COVID-19 pandemic, inadequate staffing, mounds of paperwork and a heightened workload made 2021 “the most challenging year taxpayers and tax professionals have ever experienced,” National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins wrote in her annual report. And 2022 might not be much better.”

By the end of 2021, the IRS had yet to process 6 million original individual returns, another 2.3 million amended individual returns, and over 2 million quarterly tax forms submitted by employers. That mountain of paper meant many of the 77% of Americans who get refunds still hadn’t received them by late December, even though they’d filed their returns in April or shortly after.

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