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Shaheen: Many still have unprocessed 2019 tax returns

January 10, 2021 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says she’s hearing from “numerous” constituents who say their 2019 tax returns haven’t been processed and, if owed, refunds haven’t been issued.

The coronavirus pandemic delayed the processing of tax returns for many last year.

“That we have entered calendar year 2021 and there are 2019 returns and refunds that remain to be processed and issued is unacceptable,” Shaheen, a Democrat, said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig.

With the 2020 tax filing season rapidly approaching, Shaheen asked how may 2019 individual and business tax returns remain to be processed; what steps has the IRS taken to expedite them; and how have funds appropriated by the federal CARES Act been deployed to the IRS.

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She also wants to know and if there are additional resources the IRS needs and what the impact will be for taxpayers who file their 2020 returns in a timely fashion with an outstanding unprocessed 2019 return.