The IRS is reducing a backlog of unprocessed tax returns by about a million a week, agency Commissioner Chuck Rettig told the Senate Finance Committee.
The IRS has begun calling back employees to sort through a massive backlog of millions of documents stemming from pandemic-induced facility closures. About 8,300 employees are focused on paper returns, Rettig said during a hearing Tuesday.
- “The paper returns are a high priority for the Internal Revenue Service in terms of processing,” Rettig said.
- The agency had a backlog of about 4.7 million unprocessed tax returns as of mid-May, according to National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins.
- Another priority is electronic returns that might have been caught up in a fraud or identity theft filter, Rettig said.