IRS to Start Spending Its $80 Billion Budget by Hiring People to Answer the Phone

From a Wall Street Journal story by Richard Rubin headlined “IRS to Start Spending Its $80 Billion Budget by Hiring People to Answer the Phone”:

The Internal Revenue Service is planning to spend the first big chunk of its $80 billion expanded budget to hire people who will answer taxpayers’ telephone calls during the 2023 tax-filing season.

The move is a mundane, patch-the-holes start for the transformation of the tax agency, which aims to beef up enforcement and modernize technology systems over the next decade using nearly $80 billion from the law that President Biden signed last week. That effort will take years as the IRS hires specialized enforcement staff, updates outdated computers and begins more intensive audits of high-income Americans and corporations.