IRS to hire 10,000 people to try to reduce backlog of tax returns

(The Hill) – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to hire 10,000 staff in a bid to fill a backlog of nearly 24 million tax returns, the majority of which date from the 2020 tax season , reported the Washington Post, citing four people. familiar with the plan.

The sources told the newspaper that the move came after the agency received approval from the Direct Hiring Authority, which removes certain requirements from the hiring process, in a bid to speed up recruitment.

A person familiar with the plan told the Post that 80 types of positions, ranging from tax lawyers to entry-level office workers, will have their recruitment accelerated. People familiar told the newspaper that the agency is looking for technology professionals who can help update the IRS’ infrastructure, among other things the agency is looking to recruit for.

The Post’s report follows another report the newspaper published last month, which found the IRS had a backlog of nearly 24 million tax returns.

In a letter to members of Congress in February, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said the agency faces a number of challenges, including a lack of funding to train and retain staff and a lack investment to improve its technology.

“The IRS continued significant actions during the 2021 filing season to address returns and correspondence inventory. But, because the IRS did not have the resources it needed to reduce inventory to a healthy level, we are entering filing season with a large inventory of unprocessed returns and correspondence,” Rettig wrote to the legislators.

Still, the backlog isn’t expected to be resolved until the end of this year, a government official told the Post. The development comes a month before the tax filing deadline for the 2021 tax season.

The Hill contacted the IRS for comment.


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