COVID Drowns IRS in New Filings

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Data for the week ending April 17, 2020.
* Total includes returns filed to obtain Economic Impact Payments by those who would not usually file income tax returns.

Why not? Submissions are way down.

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By Beth Bellor

Coronavirus hit IRS data in a couple of ways this week.

People who don't ordinarily file income tax returns, but did so to obtain economic impact payments, boosted filings higher than they might have been for the week ending April 17, the latest data. In addition, visits to IRS.gov shot up 77 percent over 2019 – the Get My Payment link surely was part of that picture.

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The Internal Revenue Service reported receiving 116 million individual income tax returns, down 15.5 percent. It had processed 106.6 million returns, up 18.5 percent.

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Beth Bellor has served CPA Trendlines as a senior editor, researcher and production director since 2013. Her background includes a distinguished career in journalism, ranging from newspapers and magazines to books and new media.

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