The IRS is reportedly set to go on a major hiring spree to clear up the major backlog that built up at the agency over the two years of coronavirus disruptions.

The Details: The Internal Revenue Service is now reportedly planning on hiring 5,000 new employees over the next several months and an additional 5,000 by the end of 2023. The agency currently has approximately 75,000 employees.

The agency’s tax return backlog is currently around 20 million pieces of correspondence, fifteen times more than is typical for a normal filing season. Tax season has been moving at a crawl, yet there are no plans to extend the deadline at this time.

The hiring binge will reportedly be focused around the cities of Kansas City, Mo., Austin, Texas and Ogden, Utah. In addition to hiring more employees the IRS is reportedly also looking into automating more of its processes.

Tax experts say the new hires are unlikely to make much of a difference this year, but they should benefit taxpayers next year.

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