Recent Report Highlights IRS Hiring Challenges, Antiquated Equipment and Inefficient Practices…Expect Processing Delays

The IRS is not immune to the current staffing challenges facing the country. In a recent report, the Treasury Inspector General found that these problems caused the IRS to face an unprecedented backlog of unprocessed tax returns heading into the 2021 filing season. The IRS usually carries over approximately 1 million returns into the new filing season; that number is closer to 24 million for the current season according to a recent report by the Taxpayer Advocate. Continued processing delays are expected while the IRS and Congress work to resolve these concerns.