Refund Delays, Stimulus Check Errors Foreshadow Rough Tax Season

Jan. 13, 2021, 3:15 PM

Tax-refund delays and stimulus-payment hiccups could spill into the upcoming tax season as the Internal Revenue Service continues to face challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic and as Congress considers yet another round of direct payments.

Millions of Americans waited months for refunds in 2020, and millions also have yet to receive some or all of the stimulus payment approved last spring, according to a report Wednesday from Erin Collins, head of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent office housed in the IRS.

The findings foreshadow what is likely to be a complicated and consequential tax season as taxpayers try ...

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