WASHINGTON – Today is the deadline to file your taxes, a benchmark for the IRS who is working on a backlog of tax refunds and COVID relief payments.
The Monday deadline to file taxes is a month later than usual because of the pandemic.
However, the IRS says don’t expect your returns anytime soon. An unusually large backlog of returns from 2019 and 2020 are being processed and are likely to be delayed.
The agency also says it is taking longer to process mailed documents, such as paper tax returns, and related correspondence.
One million more Americans can also expect additional COVID-19 relief checks soon.
As part of the American Rescue Plan, 460,000 taxpayers are now eligible for more money now that their 2020 returns have been processed.
Those include individuals or households that didn’t qualify for a stimulus check based on their 2019 income, or got less than they were due.
The so-called “plus-up” payments which started last Wednesday apply to those whose 2020 income was significantly less than what they had in 2019.
Also eligible are parents who had a child or added a dependent between 2019 and 2020.
This is the ninth batch of COVID stimulus payments under President Joe Biden’s plan and the money is available by direct deposit or checks.
To find out if you are eligible or to track your payment, you are encouraged to use the IRS “Get My Payment Tool” at IRS.gov.