IRS kicks off the 2022 tax season

The IRS kicks off the 2022 tax season: all the important dates

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the 2022 tax filing season will begin on Monday, April 23, and end on April 18, 2023.

The 2022 income tax season begins next Monday, January 23, 2023, as announced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), through a press release.

This means that it is from that date that the tax agency will begin to accept tax returns for income that has been obtained in the year 2022. The agency said that more than 168 million individual tax returns are expected to be sent this year and that the vast majority of them will be filed before the tax deadline, which is April 18. People have three extra days to file this year due to the calendar.

With the previous three tax seasons dramatically impacted by the pandemic, the IRS has taken additional steps for 2023 to improve service for taxpayers. As part of the passage of the Reduce Inflation Act in August, the IRS hired more than 5,000 new telephone assistants and added more staff to help taxpayers.

“This tax filing season marks the first to benefit the IRS and our nation’s tax system with multi-year funding in the Reducing Inflation Act,” said Acting IRS Commissioner Doug O’Donnell.

“With these additional new resources, taxpayers and tax professionals will see improvements in many areas of the agency this year. We have trained thousands of new employees to answer phones and help people. While a lot of work remains after several difficult years, we hope that people will experience improvements this tax season. That’s just the beginning as we work to add new long-term transformation efforts that will make things even easier for years to come. We are very excited to start providing what taxpayers want and our employees know what we can do with these funds,” he added in the press release.

Although many software providers and tax professionals are already accepting tax returns, they will submit the forms and all related documentation to the IRS by January 23.

Other Important Tax Season Dates

-January 13th
The Free File platform is opened to declare taxes for free, if you are low-income.

The IRS Free File program, only available on IRS.gov, allows taxpayers who earned $73,000 or less in 2022 to file their taxes electronically for free using software provided by commercial tax filing companies.
Free File Fillable Forms are available for any income level and provide free electronic forms that individuals fill out and file at no cost.

-January 23
The 2022 tax season officially begins.

-January 31
Deadline for employers to have delivered the W-2 form, which is the one where all the income you obtained during the year is detailed. One more copy goes to the IRS.

-February 15
As of this date, the IRS can begin sending out the first tax refunds for those who are claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

-April 18th
It’s the day the 2022 income tax season ends. If someone needs an extension, that’s also the deadline to apply. Taxes should have been paid by now.
It’s also the last day that people can make contributions for 2022 to certain tax-deferred accounts, like IRAs and health savings accounts (HSAs).

-October 16
It is the deadline for the tax returns of taxpayers who requested an extension to be sent.

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