Kennedy Introduces RETURN Act to Address IRS Backlog of Tax Returns




US Senator John Kennedy

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today introduced the Require Employees To Uniformly Return Now (RETURN) Act to require telecommuting Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees to return to work in the office so to solve a huge backlog of IRS tax returns. .

“IRS employees are working from home as it faces a mountainous backlog of tax returns. The law of return would bring those employees back to the office so the IRS could clear the backlog and get tax refunds for working Americans,” Kennedy said.

The IRS is facing a backlog of nearly 24 million tax returns as of 2020. The IRS says one of the factors behind the backlog is the pandemic, which has forced employees to the IRS to work from home. As of January 2022, nearly 70% of IRS employees are still telecommuting full-time despite the federal workforce being 98% compliant with the vaccination mandate.

The law of return would require all IRS employees telecommuting due to pandemic precautions to return to full-time work in the office until the IRS commissioner determines the backlog is resolved.

The bill would maintain telecommuting options that existed in certain circumstances before the pandemic and provide a five-day grace period after enactment to allow employees to return to the office.







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