Electronic tax

No tax experience? Perfect, the taxman wants to hire you

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has confirmed that the agency will offer 5,000 job openings and add high-tech customer support features to deal with its massive backlog tax returns and correspondence.

“This is an exciting time to work for the Internal Revenue Service,” Ken Corbin, IRS taxpayer experience manager and commissioner of wages and investments, said in a statement. declaration. “Those who wish to work with customer service as their primary focus are encouraged to apply. It is a rewarding job as these newly hired individuals will process tax returns and remit refunds to taxpayers nationwide,” he added .

Positions available include temporary, term and permanent jobs. The agency noted that many of the openings are for tax clerks and examiners in the Payroll and Investments Division and that “no prior tax experience is required.”

“The IRS has opportunities for almost every profession, starting with these entry-level positions,” Corbin said. “Starting here today can guide you towards your future career, as it has been for me since high school.”

Career fairs

The career fairs will be held March 16, 23 and 30 at the agency’s processing centers in Austin, TX, Kansas City, MO and Ogden, UT. Qualified applicants will be offered jobs on the spot, the IRS said, adding that once the offer is accepted, applicants should expect to start within thirty to forty-five days.

The IRS has acknowledged that it also plans to hire another 5,000 workers in 2023. However, by CBS Newsthe IRS “may have difficulty attracting workers on the basis of salary alone”. The outlet noted that annual starting salaries for the IRS range from around $23,000 to $47,000, and non-full-time workers can expect at least fifteen dollars an hour.

Another Surge Team

In addition to new hires, the agency will deploy a second “top team”— reassigning 700 employees to its processing centers in Utah, Missouri and Texas — to settle its 24 million pending tax returns and other correspondence. Additionally, the IRS has also committed to hiring more contractors to staff phone lines and handle office work.

According to The Washington Post, “in recent days, it expanded customer callback features to 70% of its phone lines, a move that has already saved taxpayers 1 million hours of on-hold time.” Despite ongoing staffing and budgeting issues, the IRS has already released nearly 30 million tax refunds worth about $103 billion. This amounts to an average of $3,473, or about $450 more than what taxpayers received at the same time last year.

In recent weeks, the agency has announced that most Americans should receive their tax refunds within twenty-one days depositif they do not contain errors and file electronically.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington State-based science and technology editor who has held positions at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow him or contact him on LinkedIn.

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