The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has confirmed the official start date of tax season.
January 23, 2023 is the date on which the IRS hopes to have enough staff to fully assist taxpayers.
Denver's ABC 7 news noted that recently, "it has often been a struggle for Americans to reach the IRS amid staff shortages. The IRS said it has hired 5,000 new staffers to answer questions on the phone and in person."
"This filing season is the first to benefit the IRS and our nation's tax system from multi-year funding in the Inflation Reduction Act," Acting IRS Commissioner Doug O'Donnell shared.
"With these new additional resources, taxpayers and tax professionals will see improvements in many areas of the agency this year," O'Donell continued, "We've trained thousands of new employees to answer phones and help people. While much work remains after several difficult years, we expect people to experience improvements this tax season. That's just the start as we work to add new long-term transformation efforts that will make things even smoother in future years.”
Americans who earn under $73,000 annually can use the IRS's free online e-file system today without waiting for January 23 to arrive.
Last summer, the IRS released details of a five-year plan designed to improve the taxpayer experience.
In an official release, the IRS shared details about its goal to help taxpayers over the coming years:
The IRS Strategic Plan FY2022-2026 will serve as a roadmap to help guide the agency's programs and operations. The plan will also help meet the changing needs of taxpayers and members of the tax community.
"Through the Strategic Plan, we want to share our priorities and how they shape the important work that takes place at the IRS, year in and year out, to help taxpayers," said [then] IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "We serve and interact with more Americans than nearly any other public or private organization. The IRS has undergone tremendous change over the last five years, and we continue to evolve to better serve the nation's taxpayers."
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