HomeStretch wrote: ↑Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:19 am
It appears that the IRS has a large backlog of unprocessed paper filings due to the COVID shutdowns. I expect the backlog to be reduced over the next couple months as IRS personnel return to their offices.
I am in the same situation (2019 1040X filed early April, refund not received) and so are others on the forum based on recent threads about delays. I know my 1040X was received as I sent it via USPS certified mail.
The IRS is facing many challenges that are contributing to this backlog. The fact that there was a COVID shutdown is only one of them. They also:
- Are processing all the stimulus checks. That took priority over processing taxes.
- Are operating on old computers with old software that is more difficult to update with all the changes to the tax code, changing deadlines, and new taskings.
- Are operating under budget cuts. Their budget is smaller than it was 10 years ago (the last time they had to process stimulus checks and taxes at the same time).
The IRS is inherently an unpopular agency because nobody likes paying taxes. But this is an example of where defunding an enforcement agency is affecting their ability to perform their job efficiently and effectively. They're having problems processing taxes, but they're also not conducting audits and other enforcement actions that well, either.
The actionable part of this is to be aware of these issues that they're having (and will continue to have). Avoid paper filing, and use the automated/electronic filing systems as much as possible. If you have to file paper, then expect very long delays.