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Millions of taxpayers awaiting refund from IRS could face 'extreme delays'
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Millions of American taxpayers are waiting for the Internal Revenue Service to process their federal income tax returns — and could face "extreme delays" in getting their refund, according to a recent report.
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In a report to Congress, the National Taxpayer Advocate said the IRS had a backlog of 4.7 million returns for the 2019 tax year as of mid-May because the agency had temporarily suspended processing paper returns.
"Taxpayers who filed a 2019 paper return and are entitled to refunds may be in for a long wait," the report, authored by Erin Collins, said.
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