The IRS continues to have a backlog of unprocessed tax returns, amended returns and payroll tax returns due to the Pandemic.  Below is a breakdown and update of unprocessed returns from the IRS.

The IRS has updated information on their “What You Can Expect” section of

  1.  As of 05/14/22, the IRS has 9.8 million unprocessed individual returns before 2022.
  2.  The breakdown is 7.4 million paper returns waiting to be processed and 2.4 million requiring error correction and other special handling.
  3. The IRS also has 2.2 million unprocessed Form 1040-X (Amended Individual Tax Returns).  Filers of these amended tax returns should expect a longer delay than the normal 16 weeks.
  4. Also, 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).

The IRS did not give an estimated timeframe for processing these returns.  For more information click on the link or go to

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