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COVID tax relief: $1.2 billion in penalties being refunded by IRS


To help struggling taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service issued a relief to most people and businesses who file certain 2019 or 2020 returns late.


The IRS is also taking an additional step to help those who paid these penalties already. Nearly 1.6 million taxpayers will automatically receive more than $1.2 billion in refunds or credits.

To qualify for this relief, any eligible income tax return must be filed on or before September 30, 2022.


Relief is automatic; most of $1.2 billion in refunds delivered to eligible taxpayers by next month

Penalty relief is automatic. This means that eligible taxpayers need not apply for it. If already assessed, penalties will be abated. If already paid, the taxpayer will receive a credit or refund.As a result, nearly 1.6 million taxpayers who already paid the penalty are receiving refunds totaling more than $1.2 billion. Most eligible taxpayers will receive their refunds by the end of September.

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