A group of 81 Democrats pressured the IRS on Friday to develop a plan to eliminate a significant “frustrating” lag in the tax return that threatens to delay payment returns for the 2022 submission season.
Lawmakers, led by MP Eric Svalvell (D-California), warned that delays in the return of payments due to delays in processing would “cause serious financial hardship and losses to taxpayers” – which is necessary to make the initial payment. many basic tax documents are missing. apply for a mortgage or student assistance.
In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, lawmakers said, “No taxpayer should be deprived of the opportunity to buy a home or go to college because they are waiting to have their tax return reviewed.”
The IRS and its supervisory agency, the Taxpayer Advocate Service, have warned of processing delays for the upcoming tax season. In mid-December, the IRS had more than 6 million unprocessed personal tax returns and 2.3 million unprocessed amended tax returns.
The IRS did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the letter.
Lawmakers say the staff shortages have led taxpayers to “not even be able to contact an IRS customer service representative” and an increase in requests to local branches of the Taxpayer Protection Service.
“Thus, we urge the IRS to develop an effective and efficient plan for processing tax returns sent by mail, as well as to assist TAS in recruiting and training new taxpayer attorneys and to advise Congress on this plan,” he added. ‘the legislators added. .
Earlier this month, Rettig warned of a “frustrating” filing season for taxpayers as the agency struggles with staff shortages and an increase in phone calls.
“In many areas, we are not able to provide the services and enforcement that taxpayers and our tax system require. This is frustrating for taxpayers, IRS officials and me, ”Rettig said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the taxpayer’s national attorney, Erin M. Collins, said the public could face “even longer delays” this year.
The IRS will begin accepting tax returns for the 2022 submission season on Jan. 24. The deadline for most taxpayers is April 18.