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Congressman Tim Ryan Presses IRS to Clear Tax Refund Backlog ASAP

August 12, 2021
Press Release
Ryan: Ohioans Need Their Money Now; IRS Has Backlog of 16 Million Paper Returns

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) presses the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to move swiftly to clear the IRS tax refund backlog so Ohioans receive their money as soon as possible. Ryan joined a letter with 34 of his House colleagues to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig urging him to quickly provide tax refunds to deliver economic relief to taxpayers. The processing center where Ohio residents send paper returns had a backlog of at least 1.6 million paper returns as of July 6, 2021. That processing center serves around half of the United States. The total number of backlogged paper returns is 16 million according to the IRS.

“Hardworking Ohioans have dutifully paid their taxes to the federal government. Now, their refunds are being held hostage by this backlog at the IRS. At a time of financial uncertainty for so many working people, it’s vital this backlog gets cleared as soon as possible. Ohioans need their money now,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.

“Members of our community have paid their fair share of taxes to the IRS. It is imperative that the IRS provide these Americans with the refund of the amount they overpaid, which can be effectively used to cover the costs of everyday expenses and bills,” the lawmakers wrote in their letter.

According to a recent GAO report, the IRS is experiencing significantly more returns being held for manual review than in prior years. This has created a backlog of millions of returns and refunds – amid the economic stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group of lawmakers is urging the IRS to quickly resolve these issues and get funds dispersed to Americans across the nation.

The full letter is available HERE and below:

Dear Commissioner Charles P. Rettig,

As our nation continues to address and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, many American families face increased financial uncertainty. According to a survey by Bankrate, only 39 percent of Americans could comfortably cover an unexpected expense of $1,000.

While we have heard similar figures in the past, this year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax refunds can play a vital role as utility bills, student loans and mortgage payments begin to resume from the past 18 months.

Recently, we have heard countless stories from constituents of all backgrounds concerned about the delay of IRS tax refunds this year. These are members of our community who have paid their fair share of taxes to the IRS. It is imperative that the IRS provide these Americans with the refund of the amount they overpaid, which can be effectively used to cover the costs of everyday expenses and bills.

We understand that the IRS has faced new challenges in the wake of COVID-19, including reduced staffing and increased workload with the issuance of stimulus payments and implementation of the Child Tax Credit; however, it is essential to provide expeditious tax refunds to all Americans, provided the economic uncertainty for much of the population.

We look forward to hearing about the steps the IRS is taking to get through its current backlog, and its plan to provide tax returns for all those who qualify in a timely manner.

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