Last week, the Washington Post reported that the IRS plans to hire 5,000 new employees in the next month.
Along with the implementation of a second “surge team” of reassigned employees and contractors, the move represents the agency’s most aggressive effort yet to address its massive backlog of tax returns and correspondence — a result of lagging operations during the pandemic.
These developments, however, could signal the dawn of a new era of IRS enforcement, as I explain in our latest video.
The IRS plans to hire an additional 5,000 people by the end of 2023, bringing in a total of 10,000 new employees. Once they have worked their way through the current backlog, these full-time workers are going to need somewhere else to spend their time.
The federal government is already signaling that it wants to invest more in the IRS, aiming to upgrade its operations and infrastructure following a period of what many see as lax enforcement. With this influx of new workers, the IRS could become more aggressive in its collection actions in the coming years.
At Boxelder, we’re advising taxpayers to get out ahead of this new push — in other words, don’t be the low-hanging fruit for the new era of IRS case workers. If you have missing tax returns or you’ve been putting off your tax issue for awhile, now is the time to rip the bandaid off.
Don’t wait for the knock at the door — call Boxelder today!