Much of the news this tax-filing season has been about the changes in tax law, as well as the average refund amount. But there are other tax filing issues making news. In fact, that’s the exact problem. The 2019 tax season has been full of issues.
According to statistics from the IRS National Taxpayer Advocate, taxpayers are making way more mistakes on their returns than last year. In fact, common mistakes are up by 200 percent compared to 2018.
The good news is most of these mistakes are simple clerical issues. However, the bad news is the IRS still has to notify every taxpayer. And every taxpayer has to resolve each issue. That creates more work for the IRS, which creates a backlog of problems they have to resolve.
Although there are clerical mistakes to deal with every year, with a 200 percent increase this year, plus a delayed tax season due to the government shutdown, the increased issues in 2019 prevent the agency from processing tax returns faster.
If you have a refund coming, you’ll still get it. But if takes a little longer it just might be because IRS employees are extra busy correcting clerical errors.
Contact GROCO if you want to avoid clerical errors and other issues on your tax return. Leave it to the pros to get your return filed correctly the first time.