Wyden, Merkley urge IRS to provide penalty relief amid major processing backlogs – KTVZ

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) — Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., this week joined colleagues to call on the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service para proporcionar alivio de multas para los contribuyentes en Oregón y en todo el país en medio de extensos y continuos retrasos en el procesamiento en el IRS.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has strained every federal agency, the impact on the IRS has been particularly severe,” Wyden, Merkley and the lawmakers wrote Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. “As of December 23, 2021, the IRS continued to have a backlog of 6 million Forms 1040 (Individual Income Tax Returns) and 2.3 million amended individual tax returns. In addition, the IRS has 2 million Forms 941 (Employer Quarterly Tax Returns) that must be processed before the nearly 500,000 amended Forms 941 can be processed.”

Los legisladores señalaron que el procesamiento retrasado de las declaraciones enmendadas ha sido particularmente devastador para las pequeñas empresas cuyas solicitudes de préstamos de emergencia de la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas han quedado atrapadas en el limbo casi dos años después de que comenzara la pandemia de COVID-19.

“Recognizing the extraordinary challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the IRS operating with antiquated technology and a constrained budget, we find the current situation alarming. We stand ready to support the IRS and look forward to hearing how we can help you address any obstacles facing the agency. However, we respectfully request the IRS consider the following measures to bring immediate relief to taxpayers, and reduce the backlog, during this tax filing season,” the lawmakers added. “…While we recognize no single action will alleviate issues that have resulted from difficulties at the IRS spanning administrations of both political parties, these steps would provide our constituents with greater certainty as we enter this year’s filing season.”

La carta fue encabezada por los senadores Bob Menendez, DN.J. y Bill Cassidy, republicano por Los Ángeles. Junto con Wyden y Merkley, fue firmado por los senadores Cory Booker, DN.J., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Ben Cardin, D-Md. , Tom Carper, D-Del., Chris Coons, D-Del., Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Joe Manchin, DW.Va., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., Debbie Stabenow , D-Mich., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Mark Warner, D-Va., y Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.

El texto completo de la carta es AQUÍ.