Covid-19 Pandemic Forces Tax Season to Start Two Weeks Early

The Internal Revenue Service announced on Monday that this year’s tax filing season will kick off on Jan. 24; 17 days earlier than last year.

USNews reported that the Tax authorities warned that a resurgence of COVID-19 infections, combined with fewer funding authorizations from Congress than the Biden administration had requested, would render this filing season particularly challenging.

“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,” said Chuck Rettig, IRS commissioner.

In order to avoid processing delays, it will be more important than ever this year to avoid paper tax returns.

Taxpayers were urged to file their returns electronically and have their refunds deposited directly into their bank accounts.

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Those who received a COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment last year or who received a Child Tax Credit advance payment also need to ensure that they report their taxes correctly to avoid delay delays, Rettig said.

You can check for your impact payments and advance child tax credit payments at

Taxpayers will receive letters from the IRS about their impact payments and child tax credit advance payments.

This year, tax returns must be filed by Monday, April 18.

The formal deadline for filing taxes was April 15.

The date changing in the District of Columbia is due to an Emancipation Holiday.

Holidays in Washington, D.C., have the same impact on tax deadlines as federal holidays.

You have until April 18 to file your tax returns or request an extension.

By this deadline, taxpayers must file their 2021 returns by or before Oct. 17.

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