Businesses are still waiting for pandemic relief made available to them during the COVID-19 outbreak amid ongoing processing delays at the Internal Revenue Service, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

According to an August 31, 2022, report posted to the TIGTA web site, the IRS “did not begin processing claims for qualified Sick and Family Leave Credits and the Employee Retention Credit for 12 months and claims for the Social Security Tax Deferral for 16 months after the pandemic relief legislation was enacted.”

“As of February 1, 2022, there were 447,435 Forms 941-X waiting to be processed,” the report states. “Over 90 percent (402,814) of these Forms 941-X were over-aged, i.e. have not been processed within 45 calendar days. In addition, 60,885 (13.6 percent of the Forms 941-X were not processed within 180 calendar days.”

TIGTA recommends that IRS develop a plan to prioritize processing backlogged claims, update the examination referral process, and update training for IRS employees regarding referrals. IRS did not agree with the latter recommendations, but did all others stated in the report.

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