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Tax season starts two weeks early due to virus, IRS funds

This year's tax filing season will begin on January 24, 17 days earlier than last year, the Internal Revenue Service announced Monday.

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

"The pandemic continues to create challenges, but the IRS reminds people that there are important steps they can take to help ensure that their tax return and refund do not suffer from processing delays," said IRS Commissioner 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 a COVID-19 relief economic impact payment last year or who received a child tax credit advance payment to ensure they report the correct amount on their tax returns to avoid delays in filing. prosecution, Rettig said.

The IRS will send letters to the recipients of the Child Tax Credit impact payments and advance payments, and taxpayers can also verify the amounts they received on the website.

The deadline for filing tax returns is Monday, April 18 of this year, three days after 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, holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in the same way as federal holidays.

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

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