FARGO — If you haven't gotten your tax return yet, you are not alone. Experts estimate the IRS still has to process millions of returns, after their office closed down in March because of the pandemic.
Devon Liljenquist, a CPA and wealth manager with Arrow Advisors in Fargo, said even he couldn't get in touch with the IRS call center.
"I couldn't call and ask any questions if I had any on IRS notice. There was really nobody to call," Liljenquist recalled. "So it's just under staffing, and now they're just working on catching up. I can't even imagine the amount of paperwork that is piling up there."
Liljenquist said in the later half of summer, staffing issues at the IRS have gotten better. But they are still working through a massive backlog of paper and digital tax filings.
So people can expect paper returns to take much longer.
"That's always going to have to go past an actual person rather than a computer system," Liljenquist said. "So there's no person to process that or even pull it out of the mailbox, then there's going to be some deficiencies in how fast they get it out."
If you filed by paper, and it's been a few months, he said there is no need to panic. You can check the status of your return on the IRS website. If it says the return is processing, the best thing to do is wait.
If it has been more than a month since you filed electronically, and the website doesn't show it is processing, contact your tax consultant.
Tax deadline was Wednesday, July 15. The IRS website says you can still file for an extension.