Unfortunately it doesn’t look like things are going to get any better anytime soon. The IRS is extremely behind and that is not going to change with the opening on the new filing season. A few statistics from the Tax Adviser.
IRS overwhelmed: Over the past two years the IRS has dealt with such challenges as pandemic-related disruptions for staff and the need to quickly administer several large and complicated relief packages enacted through the tax code:
• In 2021, the IRS telephone service had an answer rate of about 11 percent.
• The IRS has a backlog of over 8 million unprocessed returns from the 2021 filing season.