March 14, 2022 - Douglas Myser

IRS adding 10,000 to catch up tax returns. The IRS intends to use an expedited hiring process to hire about 10,000 workers for processing tax returns and managing taxpayers accounts, according to a union that represents employees in the Service and other federal agencies. The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) National President Tony Reardon said that the NTEU was notified that the IRS has been granted direct line authority to hire roughly 10,000 entry level positions in its submission processing and accounts management functions. The expedited process apparently is intended to address concerns that the agency's hiring process is difficult and slow. It is clear that understaffing in these areas continues to be a contributor to the backlog in processing of tax returns and taxpayer correspondence. The IRS is now behind nearly 17 million tax returns from the last two filing years. IRS adding 10,000 to catch up tax returns.

If successful, the plan appears capable of helping the IRS with its daunting tasks of clearing an unprecedented backlog of prior years tax returns and related correspondence as it manages the current filing season, which imposes major challenges of its own, including such novel issues for the 2021 tax year as reconciling advance child tax credit payments received by taxpayers with the full year credit they qualify for. As of last month, the backlog included 17.6 million tax returns and nearly 6 million items of taxpayer correspondence, according to National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins testimony to the Senate Finance Committee. The backlog is going to persist will into 2022--depending largely on how many paper returns taxpayers file going forward, Collins said last week. The IRS has announced a surge team of employees that have been reassigned to its account management function to attack the backlog. If you need tax help and can't wait for the IRS backlog, call a good Tax Resolution Services firm, or click the last link for help.

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