While the IRS is rushing to hire 10,000 workers, the agency does not expect to clear its backlog of 24 million tax returns until the end of the year. The positions the agency is seeking to fill range from entry-level clerical workers to technology experts who will be tasked with upgrading computer systems. The IRS is also looking for tax attorneys who can lead complex audits. However, the wave of new hires will likely not come in time to alleviate the pressure for the 2022 tax filing season. A challenging labor market is also making it difficult to hire: the IRS recently advertised 5,000 clerical and customer service positions, but only hired 200.

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