House Democrats push IRS to resolve 2022 tax return backlog

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A group of 81 House Democrats pressured the IRS on Friday to develop a plan to address what the agency itself has called a significant “frustrating” backlog in tax returns that threatens to delay refunds for the 2022 filing season.

Led by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), the lawmakers warned a delay in refunds due to the processing backlog is “causing taxpayers severe financial hardships and loss” — with many missing key tax documents needed to place a down payment on a mortgage or apply for student aid.

“No taxpayer should have to lose out on the opportunity to purchase a home and or enroll in college because they are waiting for their returns to be processed,” the lawmakers said in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig.

Both the IRS and its watchdog agency, the Taxpayer Advocate Service, have warned of likely processing delays for…

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