IRS Processing Backlog

Source: IRS

Although most taxpayers successfully filed their 2020 returns and received their refunds, a historically high number did not. At the conclusion of the 2020 filing season, the IRS faced a backlog of over 35 million individual and business income tax returns that require manual processing – meaning that employee involvement is generally needed before a return can advance to the next stage in the processing pipeline.  The backlog includes about 16.8 million paper tax returns waiting to be processed; about 15.8 million returns suspended during processing that require further review; and about 2.7 million amended returns awaiting processing. The backlog resulted largely from the pandemic related evacuation order that restricted employee access to IRS facilities.

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