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Captain’s backlog

  • The Tax Times (https://www.thetaxtimes.com): The Internal Revenue Service closed the most recent filing season with more than 35 million in unprocessed returns, as the agency’s backlog grew markedly amid a crush of challenges related to the pandemic and economic relief efforts, according to the National Taxpayer Advocate. This backlog represents a fourfold increase from 2019, the most recent year before the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Wandering Tax Pro (http://wanderingtaxpro.blogspot.com/): In reaction/response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS totally closed down all operations and offices for many months in 2020. During this period, the IRS did not process tax returns — current and amended. The “correctness” of the extent and duration of the IRS closure is open to interpretation. But it happened…

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