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Unopened Tax Refund Requests

The IRS is drowning in unopened tax refund requests amid pandemic. 

 

The IRS is piling unopened business tax refund requests into storage trailers and advising companies to file by fax instead. It’s stopped answering phone calls on taxpayer assistance lines. And it’s not processing millions of paper tax returns filed by individual Americans

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.politico.com/amp/news/2020/04/20/irs-tax-refund-delays-snail-mail-1...

 


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Re: Unopened Tax Refund Requests

Thank you for sharing the information!

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What a mess. I do believe this will carry on into the 2020 tax year - I'll be surprised if they manage to dig out from this massive hole before then. 

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Re: Unopened Tax Refund Requests

eFile for the win




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Re: Unopened Tax Refund Requests


@Nomad3 wrote:

eFile for the win


We efiled and we're still waiting on our refund.

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@Nomad3 wrote:

eFile for the win


e-fax Smiley Very Happy

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Re: Unopened Tax Refund Requests

Thanks @CreditInspired for postingSmiley Happy ...

 

What a mess!

 

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Re: Unopened Tax Refund Requests

Then it also pay not to wait till the last minute to file. As well as buy into the whole "delay" till June BS. They simply made the situation worse IMO. Because they're trying to manage two programs at the time time, normal Tax filing and then ramrod that stimulus package through. 






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Re: Unopened Tax Refund Requests

another example of something the pandemic is Accelerating

 

the fact that there is 

1. a paper option still around for filing financial documents

2. that a large amount of people are still using the paper option

 

is a HUGE problem in 2020

 

this should have been phased out almost entirely by now - that they recieve so much that it takes storage containers is craziness

 

efile yourself

go to a tax prep company that will efile for you

have a computer at the DMV or similar govt office that allows you to efile if the above 2 options are too expensive for you

 

i am sure i am missing other options - but something has to move this type of antiquated system forward

 

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@RSX wrote:

another example of something the pandemic is Accelerating

 

the fact that there is 

1. a paper option still around for filing financial documents

2. that a large amount of people are still using the paper option

 

is a HUGE problem in 2020

 

this should have been phased out almost entirely by now - that they recieve so much that it takes storage containers is craziness

 

efile yourself

go to a tax prep company that will efile for you

have a computer at the DMV or similar govt office that allows you to efile if the above 2 options are too expensive for you

 

i am sure i am missing other options - but something has to move this type of antiquated system forward

 


Let's be real. We should have moved past having to file tax returns period ages ago. Most countries they do the tax return for you and you only have to file if you have certain deductions.

 

The system we have here is purely due to lobbying by tax preparation companies. In fact the IRS was going to launch their own software to let everyone file their taxes for free when TurboTax and H&R Block lobbied to be able to offer a free product to income under $69K (some offerings are considerably less than that) in exchange for the IRS holding off their own software being released and killing those companies. 

Fortunately the IRS has backtracked from the agreement after TurboTax and others were caught trying to steer people eligible to file for free to paid products and will be developing their own software which is the first step to simplifying taxes in this country finally. 




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