The IRS ended the 2021 tax filing season with more than 35 million unprocessed tax returns, more than four times the amount at the end of the 2019 filing season, prior to the pandemic. According to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, a contributing factor is the difficulty of reconciling stimulus payments received by taxpayers with stimulus payments reported on tax returns. This backlog means that millions of taxpayers are still waiting for refunds.

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