Let's take a look at the 2021 filing season.
Millions of individuals still await refunds from timely filed 2020 tax returns. As of Sept. 18, IRS had a backlog of 7.8 million individual returns that require manual processing. Some need further review because of mistakes with refundable credits or math errors.
About 9 million math error notices were mailed to taxpayers from June 1 through July 15, compared with 628,997 for the same period last year. Others are paper returns filed this year that need to be manually processed by IRS.
The good news is that IRS is making progress on processing returns.
As of June 25, there were 16.7 million 2019 and 2020 Forms 1040 waiting for action.
Amended-return filers also need lots of patience this filing season.
As of Sept. 18, IRS had more than 2.8 million Forms 1040-X yet to process.
Unfortunately, there's not much you can do if you're affected by the delay, other than continuing to check the "Where's My Refund" tool on IRS's website.
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