The commissioner of the IRS has committed to eliminating its historic backlog of returns and other communication by the end of 2022, before the start of the next filing season. The backlog was caused by shutdowns during the pandemic and other changes related to COVID-19. The IRS recently received $80 billion in new, more flexible funding intended to allow it to hire more employees and modernize its technology. However, it will be a while before the effects of this new funding are fully realized. In the meantime, one thing taxpayers can do to help the IRS reduce its backlog is to avoid adding to it by using electronic means to file returns, make payments, and communicate with the IRS when possible. Interacting with the IRS electronically will be timelier and more accurate for taxpayers.