Treasury Department Officials Warn American Taxpayers Could Face ‘Frustrating’ Tax-Filing Season

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American taxpayers could be in for a “frustrating season” when it comes to filing their taxes this year due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and budget cuts to the IRS, Treasury Department officials warned on Monday.

The IRS will start accepting and processing 2021 returns on Jan. 24 and the filing deadline for most taxpayers will be April 18 rather than April 15 because of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, the agency announced on Monday. Taxpayers in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 19, due to the Patriots’ Day holiday in those states.

“Planning for the nation’s filing season process is a massive undertaking, and IRS teams have been working non-stop these past several months to prepare,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in Monday’s news release. “The pandemic continues to create challenges, but the IRS reminds people there are important steps they can take to help ensure their tax return and refund don’t face processing delays,” Rettig said.

IRS officials are urging taxpayers to file their taxes electronically with direct deposit and avoid using a paper return. Officials called for “extra attention” for individuals who received an Economic Impact Payment or an advance Child Tax Credit in 2021. “People should make sure they report the correct amount on their tax return to avoid delays,” officials said.

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