The Internal Revenue Service is accepting and processing your 2021 tax returns as of Monday, January 24th.

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said "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. 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. 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. People should make sure they report the correct amount on their tax return to avoid delays."

This year, for most tax payers, the filing deadline to submit either your 2021 tax returns or an extension is Monday, April 18, 2022. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Monday, October 17, 2022, to file.

The IRS encourages everyone to use online resources before calling. As a result of  pandemic challenges last filing season, the IRS phone systems received more than four times more calls than in an average year.

IRS Commissioner Rettig said "Our phone volumes continue to remain at record-setting levels. We urge people to check IRS.gov and establish an online account to help them access information more quickly. We have invested in developing new online capacities to make this a quick and easy way for taxpayers to get the information they need."

The IRS anticipates most taxpayers who file electronically, choose direct deposit and do not have issues with their tax return will receive their refund within 21 days.

For the latest tax information, visit IRS.gov.

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