The IRS continues to struggle with tax return processing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 5/14/22 , the IRS had 9.8 million unprocessed individual returns received before 2022 as well as new tax year 2021 returns. The backlog includes 7.4 million paper returns waiting to be processed and 2.4 million unprocessed individual returns requiring error correction and other special handling. In addition, the IRS had 2.2 million unprocessed Form 1040-X(Amended Individual Tax Return).
Filers of amended returns should expect their returns to be processed more slowly than the normal 16 weeks. According to the IRS, they had 3.7 million unprocessed Form 941 (Employer Quarterly Federal Tax Return) and 264,000 unprocessed Form 941-X (Amended Employer Quarterly Federal Tax Return). No estimated timeframe for processing these returns was offered.