The Internal Revenue Service still has to process an estimated 2.5 million hard copy income tax returns within a pile of unopened mail that stands at 5.3 million pieces.
That’s according to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, who testified Wednesday on the agency’s efforts to dig out from a mountain of unopened mail that accumulated during coronavirus-related IRS office shutdowns in the spring.
Rettig spoke to lawmakers, who have been getting an earful about the backlog. “We are hearing from our constituents right and left” about the status of returns and refunds, said Rep. Jody Hice, a Republican from Georgia.
Though there’s still a ways to go, the IRS has come a long way from the spring.
There was a time in the March and April period when the IRS