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Swalwell Leads Democrats in Pushing for IRS to Resolve Tax Return Backlog

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) led 81 House Democrats in writing to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to urge the IRS to address and eliminate the massive backlog in mailed tax returns, and to assist Taxpayer Advocacy Services in the hiring and training of new taxpayer advocates.

The letter comes as the IRS continues to experience significant delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The backlog at the IRS is not only delaying refunds for millions of Americans and small businesses, but it’s also threatening taxpayers who may not be able to complete their mortgage paperwork or apply for student loans because they cannot provide the required tax transcript,” said Swalwell. “With the new tax filing season right around the corner, it’s critical the IRS address this backlog and ensure it is prepared for the upcoming season.”

As of December 18, 2021, the IRS had 6.3 million unprocessed individual returns and 2.3 million unprocessed amended returns. 

In December, House Democrats passed the Build Back Better Act, which would have increased the IRS’ budget by $80 billion. Democrats remain committed to increasing funding for the IRS to help the agency expedite the processing of tax returns and increase staff recruitment and retention.

To read the full text of the letter, click here.

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