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Millions of paper tax returns go
unopened at short-staffed IRS

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Posted By: MissMolly, 5/30/2020 4:51:48 AM

The IRS estimates that nearly 5 million unopened paper tax returns had piled up at the agency by mid-May amid the closure of its offices nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report that POLITICO has obtained. Overall, the IRS estimated it had a backlog of 10 million pieces of mail to open and process as thousands of workers begin returning to the offices on Monday. In addition to tax returns, the unopened mail includes taxpayer correspondence, information returns and payments, according to the report. Through May 22, the agency had processed 120 million returns, down 14 percent from the same point in 2019, when the filing deadline was April 15.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: globalwarmer 5/30/2020 4:58:53 AM (No. 426029)
Awww, they're short staffed. so sad.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 5/30/2020 5:08:32 AM (No. 426035)
I have begun to laugh uncontrollably...
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Reply 3 - Posted by: varkdriver 5/30/2020 5:32:26 AM (No. 426041)
Dang it! Why do I insist on using TurboTax and e-file at the speed of 'trons?? I will paper file from now on. It'll be months before they get to me.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DCGIRL 5/30/2020 6:13:42 AM (No. 426054)
I don't buy it. The government agencies have a problem with people that are either incompetent or lazy. Yes, there are very good people that work hard and take their job serious in the government but unfortunately there are many that should be fired. I say it's time to clean house and bring on people that really want to work. I was fortunate to have a good team working for me and we accomplished more than anyone else did in the agency that I worked.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Petronius 5/30/2020 6:40:58 AM (No. 426068)
Are they still wasting resources investigating conservatives? Everyone knows it's the liberals that cheat the most on taxes.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: petrichor 5/30/2020 7:11:28 AM (No. 426097)
Not just paper returns. I filed electronically with the gov site. Worksheet tax rate seems to be the difference. Still waiting. No Covid payment either. No biggie.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: franq 5/30/2020 8:04:00 AM (No. 426142)
We sent our State and Fed out about a month ago, certified mail. Got the State return receipt last week, still no Fed. SLO-O-OW.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Safari Man 5/30/2020 8:35:49 AM (No. 426168)
We need a dramatically simplified tax code. I spent dozens of hours trying to get mine “right”. A flat tax would eliminate all that and allow the IRS to cut its staff by 85%.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: hershey 5/30/2020 8:36:24 AM (No. 426169)
Ya know how to fix it right??? One page return...what you made, x 10%, = what you fancy tax breaks or any wierd accounting...just simple math...
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Reply 10 - Posted by: cor-vet 5/30/2020 9:04:00 AM (No. 426225)
Why can't the government paper pushers work from home? They're still getting paid. The media elites are working from home. The only ones that can't work from home are the actual producers of goods and services.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: msjena 5/30/2020 9:19:13 AM (No. 426244)
Coming soon to an election near you.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Philipsonh 5/30/2020 9:44:02 AM (No. 426284)
Insofar as New York state taxes, Governo Coumo wants the June estimated payment on the dot, though April's was delayed until July 15. It is inside out, like his scrambled brain.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: udanja99 5/30/2020 9:46:07 AM (No. 426289)
Well, gee. I must be the exception that proves the rule. I owed as I always do and they cashed my check within a couple of days of my mailing it.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Philipsonh 5/30/2020 9:46:46 AM (No. 426292)
Reply #9 - that is a partial VAT tax ( tax paid at every level from production to consumer purchase and no income tax ).
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Reply 15 - Posted by: stablemoney 5/30/2020 10:24:44 AM (No. 426355)
The IRS has been at home getting paid to do nothing for 2 months. So the work has piled up, and we are supposed to listen to them complain about it. Now we will have to buy the poor things lunches, provide bibs and napkins, and child care services at work.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: padiva 5/30/2020 10:25:20 AM (No. 426356)
I always file my taxes ASAP so no one can steal my identity and file in my name. I was settled up by Feb 20th.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Ribicon 5/30/2020 11:26:52 AM (No. 426455)
A simplified tax code would reap vast savings in time and money for nearly everyone, but the USA cares more about IRS workers, tax accountants, and tax software vendors. Land of the free, home of the brave.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: udanja99 5/30/2020 11:50:50 AM (No. 426487)
#17, don’t forget tax lawyers!
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Annalucia 5/30/2020 1:16:21 PM (No. 426590)
Sent in my Federal return in March because we have a fat refund coming. No sign of it yet. I guess this would explain matters ... wonder when we'll see the money. OTOH had to make a payment to the State of Wisconsin, and THAT got cashed quick enough.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 5/31/2020 12:43:21 AM (No. 427029)
You expected this particular group to pick up speed ? Most should have retired twenty years ago, but they keep clocking in to get paid.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: judy 5/31/2020 4:00:25 AM (No. 427085)
So government employees can shop, go to parks, Walmart, Lowe’s but can’t work??? Pelosi proved we don’t need the house. Politicians & government workers received. A 3 month paid vacation courtesy of the tax payer.
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