A watchdog report released Wednesday shows the Internal Revenue Service struggles to quickly distribute refunds to

A watchdog report released Wednesday shows the Internal Revenue Service struggles to quickly distribute refunds to

Millions of taxpayers, disproportionately those over the age of 65, still file their returns manually.

Millions of taxpayers, disproportionately those over the age of 65, still file their returns manually.

According to National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins. As Commissioner Charles Rettig's term ends this fall,

According to National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins. As Commissioner Charles Rettig's term ends this fall,

And a depleted workforce, the agency has also been unable to meet the needs of its taxpayers. 

Although Rettig vowed to crush the backlog this year, the growth of the backlog of paper returns is a setback.

According to Collins, the backlog is still crushing tax personnel, the IRS and, most importantly, taxpayers.

Millions of taxpayers are facing unprecedented financial hardships due to these processing delays.

IRS officials disputed the Advocate's report on Wednesday, stating that total paper returns have fallen to 19.1 million from 19.9 million last year. 

In the statement, the National Taxpayer Advocate said that the inventory numbers presented were neither the most accurate nor 

the most recent figures. As of June 10, the IRS processed tax returns more efficiently than it did a year ago, according to newer numbers.

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