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Data: National Taxpayer Advocate; Chart: Axios Visuals

The IRS wrapped filing season with more than quadruple the amount of unprocessed returns than the last pre-pandemic tax season.

The big picture: These returns — which include paper filings, ones that have been amended or set aside for additional review — need human touch to be processed, per a new report from an independent office within the IRS.

The backlog means these taxpayers "will not receive timely refunds."

  • Only 3 of every 100 callers on its most frequently dialed customer help line reached a representative — "historically poor service."

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Trump to fight release of tax returns to Congress

Former President Trump during a July rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

An attorney for former President Trump told the Wall Street Journal Monday he intends to fight a Department of Justice order to release his tax returns to the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee.

Driving the news: The DOJ said in a memo to the Treasury Department last Friday that the committee had a "legitimate legislative purpose" to access the returns. A judge has asked the parties to provide a time frame for written arguments by Wednesday, the WSJ notes.

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FDA authorizes mix-and-match for COVID booster shots

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The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Wednesday gave its approval for Americans to get booster shots that are different from the COVID vaccine they initially received.

Why it matters: The recommendation from the FDA, which also authorized booster shots for people who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Wednesday, paves the way for an expansion of booster shots.

GOP congressman forfeits committee seats after indictment

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) on Wednesday stepped down from his committee assignments after being indicted for lying to federal investigators amid a probe into illegal campaign donations.

What they're saying: In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Fortenberry said he is "grateful for the outpouring of support from my friends and colleagues as we work against the injustice confronting me."