In a state of “crisis” in the Internal Revenue Service, just weeks before the 2022 tax return season, a government observer warned Congress this week in its annual report.
Erin M. Collins, the taxpayer’s national attorney, said the public may face “longer delays” than last year as the IRS struggles to resolve issues related to tax returns.
“While my report focuses primarily on the challenges of 2021, I am deeply concerned about the upcoming submission season,” Collins said in a press release. “The paper is the IRS’s kryptonite, and the agency is still buried in it.”
The IRS will begin accepting this year’s individual tax return on January 24th.
According to the annual report of the National Taxpayers Advocate, the agency has more than 6 million unprocessed personal tax returns and 2.8 million business tax returns as of mid-December. Collins noted that some of the unprocessed declarations “include COVID-19-related assistance that Congress provided to taxpayers a year ago.”
The report said the IRS lagged behind a number of factors, including complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lack of budgets and staff, and changes in recent legislation.
This year’s tax return will be further complicated by the inclusion of monthly child benefit tax payments and last year’s long-term incentive payments.
“Thus, if taxpayers do not apply electronically or do not align their monthly advance loan payments or the third incentive payment with 2021, the unprecedented processing and refund delays that taxpayers experienced in 2021 will be worse in 2022 and worse. can be even worse. will return, ”the report added.
The National Taxpayer Advocate is the head of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the IRS system. The service’s website states that it is “here to treat every taxpayer fairly and to know and understand your rights”.
The guard’s horrific forecast came after a similar warning from IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig, who warned taxpayers that they could be disappointed this transfer season.
“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. “IRS staff want to do more, and we will continue to do everything possible in 2022 with the resources we have.”
The IRS has set April 18 as the deadline for most taxpayers to file an application. The agency encourages residents to apply electronically and allow direct deposits to be made in a timely manner.