Walorski Renews Concerns Over IRS Backlog of 11 Million Unprocessed Returns

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Walorski Renews Concerns Over IRS Backlog of 11 Million Unprocessed Returns

Signs Letter Asking IRS Commissioner for Plan to Resolve Backlog as New Tax Filing Season Begins 

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today renewed concerns over the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) backlog of 11 million unprocessed tax returns and 1.3 million pieces of unopened mail as the new filing season begins.

Congresswoman Walorski joined Republican members of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee in sending a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig asking for a plan to resolve the backlog and deliver refunds still owed to individuals and businesses.

“Based on the latest numbers we have received, over 11 million individual and business returns remain unprocessed, even as the new tax filing season has already begun,” the members wrote. “We have heard from many constituents who filed their taxes last spring but are still awaiting refunds.”

Walorski also addressed the backlog of 1.3 million pieces of unopened mail during a subcommittee hearing on free tax preparation services available to taxpayers during the pandemic.

“I continue to hear from constituents who are being directly impacted by the mail backlog,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Over the course of the past year, my caseworkers and I have heard stories from Hoosiers in my district who are facing financial difficulties due to the pandemic but have yet to receive the tax refund they’re owed. These are folks who need their refunds urgently and can’t afford any delays. They need swift action so they can continue to put food on the table and provide for their families.”

Video of Walorski speaking at the Oversight Subcommittee hearing is available here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a number of serious challenges for the IRS, continuing into this year’s tax filing season, which opened on February 12. To help deal with these challenges, taxpayers are advised:

  • To get your tax refund in a timely way, file your tax returns as soon as possible and, if possible, electronically.
  • Taxpayers who never received an economic impact payment, or who received an incorrect amount, can claim those payments on this year’s tax returns.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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