When You Can File Your Federal Tax Return for 2022

The IRS said Monday that it will begin accepting 2021 federal tax returns on Monday, Jan.

The tax filing deadline this year is Monday, April 18. This is the day you must have filed your 2021 personal return and paid any federal income taxes owed for the previous year.

Normally, the tax-filing deadline is April 15, but this year when Emancipation Day is celebrated in Massachusetts and Maine in Washington, D.C., the federal filing deadline will be April 19 because of the observation of Patriots Day on the 18th.

The federal filing deadline will be extended for anyone who files for a automatic 6 month extension, (Note: You will only be given an extension to file your return. But you will not be given an extension to pay what you owe.)

In addition, the tax filing and payment deadline will be extended for anyone living in federal disaster areas that have recently been declared due to natural disasters.

These include victims of tornadoes and hurricanes. Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky And Tennessee, as well as victims of forest fires Colorado, They will have time till May 16, 2022 to file various personal and business tax returns and make their payments. ,This IRS page Provides a complete list of who is provided a disaster-related tax extension.)

Those affected taxpayers will also have until May 16 to make a 2021 IRA contribution. Everyone else should make their 2021 IRA contributions no later than April 18.

While every tax season is busy for the IRS, the pandemic-induced backlog for the past two years combined with limited funds will make the current tax season even more so.

At the start of the normal tax season, the IRS may have a 1 million return backlog, but this year the number is “multiple times higher,” Treasury officials said in a briefing call on Monday.

Last week, IRS Commissioner Charles Ratig noted that there were delays in return processing and tax support because the agency was managing multiple COVID-19 relief efforts passed by Congress. Including issuing three rounds of economic impact paymentCreating a system for sending advance monthly payments child tax credit and making changes to the earned income tax credit.

“Despite a large portfolio and brave efforts by our employees to assume new responsibilities, we are still working through the tax returns filed in 2021 and we are unable to answer the unprecedented number of telephone calls. Simply put, in many areas we are unable to deliver the amount of service and enforcement that our taxpayers and the tax system deserve and need,” Ratig said.

One example: Last year, the agency was unable to answer more than two-thirds of calls. Tax filers are therefore encouraged to use the online tools provided at IRS.gov to get their questions answered before contacting the agency directly.

Most of the tax filers owe refunds.

Treasury officials note that the IRS is likely to deliver your refund within 21 days of receipt—its typical turnaround time—but only if you fill out your return accurately and completely, file it electronically and directly. Choose the option to give your refund through deposit.

For anyone expecting a refund due on the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit, the IRS is prohibited from issuing it before mid-February to give the agency time to stop fraudulent refunds from going out. can be given But affected filers can still file their returns from January 24.

Despite the anticipated disappointments, Rating said the agency is continuing to look for ways to improve. “We want to deliver as much as possible while protecting the health and safety of our employees and taxpayers.”

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