WASHINGTON — The new Internal Revenue Service computer system has refused to accept many income tax returns, meaning more people than usual may have to file duplicate returns this year, the IRS said today.
Spokesman Rod Young said it is impossible to determine how many returns were temporarily laid aside because of computer problems "but we're certainly not talking about millions."
This does not mean that those returns have been lost, Young said, but only that their processing has been delayed. Eventually, the IRS will work its way through the returns and notify taxpayers of the problem, he said.
But for a person wanting a refund as quickly as possible, Young said, filing a duplicate probably is the best solution.