The 2022 tax filing season begins on January 24

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The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will begin on Monday, January 24, 2022, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing tax year 2021 returns.

The January 24 start date for individual tax filers gives the IRS time to perform the programming and testing that is critical to ensuring IRS systems are running smoothly. The updated schedule helps ensure that eligible individuals can claim the proper amount of the Child Tax Credit after comparing their 2021 advance credits and claim any remaining stimulus money as a Recovery Refund Credit when they file their 2021 tax return. .

“Planning for the nation’s tax filing season process is a huge undertaking, and IRS teams have been working nonstop for the past few months to prepare,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “The pandemic continues to create challenges, but the IRS is reminding people that there are important steps they can take to help ensure their tax return and refund are not delayed in processing. Electronic filing with direct deposit and avoiding a paper tax return is more important than ever this year. And we urge paying special attention to those who received an economic impact payment or advance child tax credit last year. People should make sure they report the correct amount on their tax return to avoid delays.”

The IRS encourages everyone to have all the information they need on hand to ensure they file a complete and accurate return. Having an accurate tax return can prevent processing delays, refund delays, and subsequent notifications from the IRS. This is especially important for people who received advance payments of Child Tax Credit or Economic Impact Payments (stimulus payments from the American Rescue Plan) in 2021; They will need the amounts of these payments when they prepare their tax return. The IRS is sending special letters to recipients and they can also check the amounts received on IRS.gov.

Like last year, there will be tax filers who, although not required to file, must file a 2021 return to claim a Recovery Refund Credit to receive the tax credit from the 2021 stimulus payments or reconcile advance payments of the Child Tax Credit. People who don’t normally file a return may also get other credits.

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