© . A sign in front of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is seen in Washington, US, Sept. 28, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott WASHINGTON () – The Internal Revenue Service plans to launch job fairs and other efforts to attract 10,000 new employees over the coming months to help clear millions of unprocessed tax returns, the Treasury Department said Thursday. The IRS will also create a new “surge team” of 700 people to process new returns at its campuses in Kansas City, Austin, Texas and Ogden, Utah, the Treasury said. On Feb. 5, the National Taxpayer Advocate’s office said the IRS had a backlog of approximately 23.5 million tax returns that still required some form of manual processing, including 13.5 million from individuals, 7.2 million from corporations and 2 .8 million from unspecified proposers. The backlog is partly due to delayed filing seasons over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Treasury also blamed a decade of IRS budget cuts that left the agency with a workforce the same size it was in 1970. , despite a 60% increase in the US population and a more complex US economy. The IRS said it will hold job fairs at its Kansas City, Austin and Ogden locations to fill 5,000 open positions and 5,000 new positions. The Treasury said the agency also requires mandatory overtime for more than 6,000 employees who process original returns, and that overtime is also available for about 10,000 other employees who process amended returns and taxpayer correspondence. Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data on this website is not necessarily real-time or accurate. All CFDs (Stocks, Indices, Futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and therefore prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price meaning prices are indicative and not suitable for trading purposes . Therefore, Fusion Media does not bear any responsibility for any trading losses that you may incur as a result of using this data. Fusion Media or anyone associated with Fusion Media accepts no liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any information, including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals on this website. Be fully informed about the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest forms of investment possible.