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2022 TAX FILING SEASON

Tax Deadline 2022: when is the last day to submit the documentation?

The IRS has been accepting tax returns for 2021 since Janaury but filers now have little more than two weeks to complete their submissions before the deadline.

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The IRS has been accepting tax returns for 2021 since Janaury but filers now have little more than two weeks to complete their submissions before the deadline.

You have a little over two weeks left to submit your returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax season 2022.

The filing deadline for 2021 tax returns or to request an extension to file is Monday, 18 April for most taxpayers. Filers have until the end of that day to submit their returns.

Usually the deadline is 15 April but the filing process is impacted upon by Washington, DC holidays, and this year’s Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia falls on that date. As such, the deadline has been moved to 18 April.

Some states issue tax return deadline extension for disaster victims

While the IRS has repeatedly stated that there will be no tax return extension on a federal level, the agency has announced a limited number of deadline postponements for states and counties who have suffered a severe natural disaster.

Kentucky has been hit by a succession of tornadoes causing substantial damage and affected the infrastructure in areas. The IRS has announced that residents and businesses in the following counties will have until 16 May to submit their returns: Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Meade, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor, Todd, and Warren.

Likewise, victims of wildfires in Colorado and storms in Tennessee will also have until 16 May to complete their filing.

IRS requests help from filers to speed up the returns process

With a variety of pandemic-era relief programmes to be accounted for and the IRS unable to work at full capacity for some of the past year due to covid-19 restrictions, there is a danger of longer than usual waits for tax returns to be processed. Filers are advised to submit their returns as promptly as possible.

"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," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig wrote in a statement. "Filing electronically with direct deposit and avoiding a paper tax return is more important than ever this year. And we urge extra attention to those who received an Economic Impact Payment or an advance Child Tax Credit last year.”

The distribution of the Economic Impact Payment (also known as stimulus checks) and the advance Child Tax Credit in 2021 gave the agency a huge additional workload to contend with and millions of people are expected to claim missing payments on the tax return this year.

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