The IRS Is Facing a Historic Backlog: What Does This Mean for You?

Backlogs are nothing new for the IRS. From pandemic problems to staffing struggles during the Great Resignation, a variety of obstacles stand in the way.

Unfortunately, the delays will be even worse in 2022. Keep reading to learn what can be expected this year — and for our take on whether the IRS will ever get caught up.

What’s Causing the Backlog?

We’ve touched on the backlog’s causes in previous blogs, but it’s worth repeating: numerous factors are at play. The pandemic’s complications have definitely played a role, with new incentives and programs creating more work for already busy IRS employees. The agency certainly hasn’t been immune to the staffing shortages seen in other industries — and its aging workforce has accelerated these issues.

When Will the Backlog End?

Despite all the concerns outlined above, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig claims that the backlog will soon be behind us. He expects it to clear by the end of 2022. This reversal will be enabled, in part, by plans for hiring over 10,000 new employees, along with significant increases to the agency’s budget.

How Should Taxpayers Deal For Now?

An end to the backlog may finally be in sight, but taxpayers will still need to deal with delays for the time being. The easiest way to avoid trouble? File tax returns electronically and on time. Double-check for avoidable errors such as math mistakes or typos. Consider working with a professional to expedite the process.

Have you been negatively impacted by the IRS backlog? It’s important to have a skilled advocate in your corner. Contact the Highland Tax Group today to learn how we can help.