On 3/1/2022, the IRS, addressed the backlog of unprocessed tax return by announcing it is planning to hire 10,000 employees over the next two years in order to help deal with the backlog of millions of tax returns. The agency reportedly plans to do this by accelerating recruiting in the coming weeks for 80 different positions that range from entry level to advanced positions with the goal of increasing its workforce by 14%. Targets for these positions include technology professionals to modernize digital infrastructure. The new hires would be paid through the IRS’ existing budget and remaining COVID-19 stimulus funding. The IRS is aiming to resolve the 24 million unprocessed paper returns and correspondence backlog by the end of 2022.