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U.S. IRS plans 10,000 hires to help clear millions of unprocessed tax returns -Breaking


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WASHINGTON (Reuters] – In order to process millions of tax returns unprocessed, the Internal Revenue Service intends to hold job fairs.

Additionally, the IRS will establish a 700-person surge team to handle new returns at its three campuses in Kansas City (Texas), Ogden, Utah and Austin (Texas).

According to the National Taxpayer Advocate, the IRS has a backlog totaling 23.5 millions tax returns. This includes 13.5million individual returns and 7.2million business tax returns. There are also 2.8 million unspecified filers.

Due to delays in filing season over the past 2 years, COVID-19 has caused a backlog. Additionally, the Treasury blames 10 years of IRS budget reductions that have left it with an agency workforce as small in 1970 even though the U.S. population has grown by 60%.

To fill the 5,000 vacant positions as well as 5,000 additional positions, IRS announced that it would hold job fairs in Ogden, Austin, and Kansas City.

According to the Treasury, overtime is mandatory for employees who process original returns. Overtime pay is also available for 10,000 employees that are processing taxpayer correspondence and amended returns.

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