A problem with paper supplies has delayed the printing and distribution of Delaware’s personal income tax booklets. Public libraries got their first copies on Tuesday.
The state ordered 30,000 resident tax booklets and 10,000 non-resident tax booklets. “Paper copies of Delaware tax forms were delayed because the printer did not have the necessary paper available,” a representative of the Delaware Division of Revenue said.
Taxpayers who want the booklets mailed to them should call 302-577-8209 or email [email protected].
Most taxpayers file electronically, and state has over the years cut back on mailing tax booklets and delivering them to post offices and stores. Roughly 600,000 returns will be filed in 2022, and last year about 8% of returns were filed on paper.
“Due in part to the pandemic, the Delaware Division of Revenue anticipates delays in processing paper returns for the 2022 filing season,” according to the division website. “As a result, please consider filing your return electronically instead of submitting a paper return.”
Paper is one of the many products encountering logistical issues in the pandemic. The most famous case was with toilet paper, but problems have also occurred with paper towels, wedding invitations and wine labels.
“Paper mills and merchants are projecting allocations and continued limited supplies well into 2022,” according to Takach Paper. “However, as paper mills work to replenish inventories and demand levels off, most experts anticipate some relief after the second quarter, with pulp and wood prices likely to moderate.”
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