IRS Backed Up on Tax Returns for Last Year

As of December 25, some 6.9 million returns had not been processed.

Stimulus payments have not been received by  many taxpayers because their 2019 tax returns have not yet been processed.

The Internal Revenue Service reported it has millions of individual tax returns still in the “processing pipeline” from last year. The agency received about 16 million paper individual returns last year, but as of December 25, was still processing 6.9 million of them.

In an operations update, the IRS said, “For refunds that could not be issued in 2020 because the tax return is being corrected, reviewed or awaiting correspondence from a taxpayer, the refund will be issued as a paper check in 2021 per our normal processes. Taxpayers are encouraged to continue to check ‘Where’s My Refund’ for their personalized status.”

The IRS has delayed the start of this year’s tax filing season to February 12. Anyone who can e-file this year should do so, the National Taxpayer Advocate said, as paper return backlogs are expected to grow even greater this year.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Internal Revenue Service as they work to clear the backlog of tax returns.
  • For people who have not yet received refunds from last year’s tax returns and have their stimulus payments stalled.

Sources: Washington Post, Newsmax, CNBC


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