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Rettig Says IRS Focused On Lowering Paper Tax Return Backlog

June 30, 2020, 5:51 PM

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.

  • Another priority is electronic returns that might have been caught up in a fraud or identity theft filter, Rettig said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kaustuv Basu in Washington at kbasu@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Patrick Ambrosio at pambrosio@bloombergtax.com; Colleen Murphy at cmurphy@bloombergtax.com

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