Tax season starts two weeks earlier due to virus, IRS funding

WASHINGTON (AP) – This year’s tax filing season will begin Jan. 24, 17 days earlier than last year, the Internal Revenue Service said on Monday.

The IRS warns that a resurgence of COVID-19 infections in addition to a lower Congressional funding clearance than requested by the Biden administration could make this filing season particularly difficult.

“The pandemic continues to create challenges, but the IRS is reminding people that there are important steps that they can take to ensure that their tax returns and their refunds don’t experience processing delays,” the commissioner said. IRS, Chuck Rettig.

Avoiding a paper tax return will be more important than ever this year to avoid processing delays, Rettig said. He urged taxpayers to file their returns electronically and get their refunds by direct deposit.

It is also important for taxpayers who received an Economic Impact Payment of COVID-19 relief last year or who received a child tax credit advance payment to ensure that they report the amount. correct on their tax returns to avoid processing delays, Rettig said.

The IRS will send letters to recipients of impact payments and child tax credit advance payments, and taxpayers can also check the amounts they have received on the website.

The deadline for filing income tax returns is Monday, April 18 of this year, three days later than the normal April 15 deadline for filing taxes. The later date is the result of an emancipation holiday in the District of Columbia. By law, in Washington, DC, statutory holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in the same way as federal holidays.

April 18 is the deadline for filing income tax returns or requesting an extension. which gives taxpayers until October 17 to file their returns for 2021.

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