Bloomberg Tax
Free Newsletter Sign Up
Bloomberg Tax
Welcome
Go
Free Newsletter Sign Up

IRS Is Six Months Behind on Refunds for People Who File by Mail

May 5, 2022, 8:20 PM

Taxpayers will have to wait at least six months to get refunds on paper tax returns filed this year, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins said.

The IRS’s well-documented problems with a backlog of unprocessed paper returns are the culprit for the delay, Collins said. Even if returns were filed in January, refunds for paper-filed returns may arrive in June, she said, speaking Thursday at a D.C. Bar conference.

Collins also said amended returns, even if they were filed electronically, are being processed as if they were paper. Amended returns, she said, are “just as backlogged as the original ...