For 2021 taxes, there is an earlier start date to file.
3 tax tips for filing your 2021 taxes.
As Rick Armstrong writes in WRAL’s Tech Wire https://www.wral.com/2021-tax-season-changes-earlier-start-date-and-later-deadline-beware-of-scams, “Before you file, there are important issues and changes you should be aware of. Doing it right will speed up refunds and prevent headaches. Last year, due to the pandemic, the IRS extended the tax filing deadline to May 17.”
For 2021 tax filers, an earlier start and an April 18 filing deadline are just 2 of the changes.”File Electronically
Due to IRS back-logs and staff shortages, it’s not a good time to mail in a paper return. In fact, IRS workers are still combing through 2019 and 2020 paper forms. Filing electronically is very easy
Claim the Child Tax Credit
For families seeking the Advance Child Tax Credit payments, the IRS is mailing out letters to help filers accurately complete that section of their tax return. If you did not receive the child tax credit, you can claim the full credit for 2021. Note, you do not have to pay taxes on this as it is not taxable income.
Beware of Scammers Posing as the IRS
Make a note that the IRS will never call you at your home or on your cell phone. The IRS does not call you on the phone. They send letters. This year more filers will receive a personal identification number in the mail to include on their tax form in order to beat the scammers.