The IRS swung into its peak season with an expanded service team and upgraded technology. To fund the rollout, the agency is drawing upon the $80 billion Congress assigned it last year, of which half is earmarked for optimizing operations to make filing easier for taxpayers.
That’s a 13.4% increase on the number the tax department received by this time last year (February 4, 2022). The tax department is getting through them faster, too, having already processed 16.7 million of those returns, nearly 30% more than the previous year.
Users will still need to register for electronic filing separately. Going online allows easy access to a simple one-stop portal. It also opens the door to the Free File Program for individuals with Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) income under $73,000.