IRS Incorrectly Sent Notices to Taxpayers Regarding Unfiled 2019 Returns

March 1, 2021

A few weeks ago, the IRS issued notices to over a quarter of a million taxpayers stating they haven’t filed their 2019 federal tax return. These notices are issued annually at the beginning of each year to taxpayers who have failed to file tax returns due the prior calendar year.

Due to pandemic-related shutdowns, the IRS has not completed processing all 2019 returns at this time. Therefore, the notices should not have been sent because some portion of the recipients may have filed a return that is still being processed.

People who filed their 2019 returns but nevertheless received the notice can disregard the letter and do not need to take any action. There is no need to call or respond to the notice because the IRS continues to process 2019 tax returns as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions about the status of your 2019 return, contact your Cherry Bekaert advisor.