Tax Filing Season Has Begun and the IRS Faces Massive Backlog

Larry Lease

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Tax filing season has begun and taxpayers have begun filing their tax returns. This year the tax returns are more complex and present more challenges to the IRS. ABC News is reporting that the IRS will face a tough time offering service to tax filers as it suffers from staff shortages.

The ongoing pandemic has severely aggravated the workload and impacted worker deficiency. The IRS has still not processed 2020 tax returns for many taxpayers. So tax filers should expect a long delay in processing. According to NBC News, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says that it's going to take some time and work to support the IRS which has not been equipped to operate during a pandemic.

The IRS needs to look to upgrade its equipment and technology necessary to speed up the process. During the prior year's tax season, the IRS issued 240 million tax returns and refunds worth $736 billion. What added to the agency's work was also the $268 billion stimulus checks. Now thanks to new legislation, the IRS now has to look into Child Tax Credit payments and tax refunds.

The New York Times has reported the IRS agency has more than 100 vacancies for clerks and tax examiners. Of these 180 openings, only 42 positions are open to the public. The remainder will be limited to internal applicants. It appears the agency is in a world of trouble and needs assistance to restructure itself and work efficiently. Filers will have to wait and see how long it will take for them to actually receive their refunds.

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