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IRS: File early to avoid delay issues

Tax season is here and millions of Americans are preparing their returns to submit to the IRS.

IRS tax return form with cash from tax refund in front of dimly lit blue background

Starting Jan. 24, the IRS will begin accepting tax returns.

Taxpayers have already been warned that they can expect some major delays this year, similarly to last year.

Millions are still waiting for their 2020 tax refund in 2022.

The IRS is currently struggling greatly with paper tax returns from 2021.

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Tax return deadline for 2022

The deadline this year will be Monday, April 18, 2022.

Those is Maine and Massachusetts will have until April 19.

This is in observance of Patriot’s Day.

In 2020 and 2021, Americans saw major extensions thanks to the pandemic.

That’s not to be expected this year.

The IRS said if you file electronically with no issues on your return, you could see your refund in as little as 21 days.

IRS: Help prevent delays with tax refund

Letters from the IRS to avoid return mistakes

One major cause for delay this year is going to be if you submit a tax return with inaccurate information on it.

The IRS is urging people to double check their returns to be sure they’re correct the first time.

Failing to do so could result in delays for weeks or months.

In order to help diminish this possibility, the IRS is sending out two letters to help with claim amounts.

Letter 6475 will detail your third stimulus check, so if you can claim the recovery rebate credit, you can do so correctly.

Letter 6419 will detail the child tax credit payments you received in 2021, letting you know what you can claim for your tax return.

If you file your taxes prematurely without these letters but realize you did something wrong, it’s going to cause a delay.

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