The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aims to hire 10,000 people to help with a significant backlog of over 20 million unprocessed returns, including those from previous years.
In the next months, IRS plans to fill 5,000 available positions, with another 5,000 new staff to be hired during the next year.
IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said: “To ensure inventory is back to a healthy level for next filing season, we are leaving no stone unturned — taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to ensure as many employees as possible are dedicating time to return processing,”.
“This includes bringing on new employees and reassigning current IRS employees to process inventory,”
National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins said the hiring frenzy may not give a boost for the current filing season.
Speaking during a Tax Policy Center event on Thursday, March 10, said: “If you hire somebody tomorrow, maybe by summer they’ll be up and operational.”
She explained there was a 12-week training course “just for the basics” and added: “If you hire somebody tomorrow, maybe by summer they’ll be up and operational,”
Nonetheless, because many Americans file extensions, the infusion of new employees may help process the applications beyond the Monday, April 18 tax deadline.