2022 Tax-Filing Season Begins Jan 24

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that taxpayers can begin filing their 2021 tax returns on Monday, January 24, 2022

The Jan. 24 tax-filing start date for 2022 is 19 days earlier than 2021’s start date of Feb. 12.

At the same time, the IRS warns that the upcoming filing season could be frustrating for taxpayers and tax preparers alike due to pandemic-related delays, a backlog of unprocessed returns from 2021, and years of budget cuts that have made the agency’s job more difficult.


  • Taxpayers can begin filing 2021 tax returns Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, 21 days earlier than last year.
  • The IRS has warned there could be delays in issuing refunds in 2022 due to issues related to the pandemic, budget cuts, and unprocessed returns from 2021.
  • The tax agency cautions taxpayers to file as early as possible after Jan. 24 and to make sure they have their paperwork in order.
  • The IRS suggests taxpayers look for help online and use phone lines only if necessary.
  • The agency says if you file electronically, choose direct deposit, and, assuming there are no issues with your return, you should get your refund within 21 days.

To avoid processing delays and speed refunds, the IRS urges people to follow these steps.

  • Gather your 2021 tax records including Social Security number, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number, and this year’s Identity Protection Personal Identification Number for calendar year 2022.
  • Check IRS.gov for the latest tax information, including the latest on how to reconcile advance payments of the Child Tax Credit or claim a Recovery Rebate Credit for missing stimulus payments.
  • Make sure you report correct amounts for any Economic Impact Payments or advance Child Tax Credits received in 2021.
  • If you need help, use online resources such as MKG Tax Consultants registered return tax preparer Tax Filing Mobile App instead of calling. Calling the IRS should be a last resort.
  • Even if you are not normally required to file a tax return, you need to do so in order to claim a Recovery Rebate Credit, to receive a tax credit from 2021 stimulus payments, or to reconcile advance Child Tax Credit payments.
  • File electronically and request direct deposit.

If you request an extension to file by April 18 (or 19), you have until Monday, October 17, 2022, to submit your 2021 tax return. You must pay your estimated taxes, however, by the regular tax filing deadline of April 18 (or 19)

Things That May Delay Your Refund

Even though you can file your tax return as soon as Jan. 24, 2022, by law the IRS cannot issue a refund involving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. The purpose of the law is to prevent fraudulent refunds from being issued.

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Venmo, Cash App And Other Payment Apps To Report Payments Of $600 Or More

If you receive $600 or more payments in total for goods and services through a third-party payment network, such as Venmo, Cash App, or Zelle, these payments will now be reported to the IRS.

The new rule results from the American Rescue Plan signed into law in March 2021 and will mainly impact business owners using third-party payment network providers. The IRS is cracking down on payments received through apps, such as Cash App, Zelle or Paypal to ensure those using the third-party payment networks are paying their fair share of taxes.

Previously, the IRS only required third-party payment networks to report payments that met both of the following reporting requirements:

  • Gross payments that exceed $20,000, AND
  • More than 200 transactions within the current year.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, third-party payment networks will be required to send users Form 1099-K for transactions made by mail or electronically. This means you don’t have to worry just yet: The new tax reporting requirement will impact your 2022 tax return filed in 2023.

Here’s how the new tax reporting will work.

Your New 1099-K Tax Reporting Requirements

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, You will receive Form 1099-K from third-party network providers for income received through electronic forms of payments by Jan. 31 of the following year.

In the near future, companies like PayPal, Zelle or Cash App may request additional information from you to properly report your transactions on your Form 1099-K. You may be asked to provide your Employer Identification Number (EIN), Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) or Social Security Number (SSN) if this information is not on file.

Your Form 1099-K will include payments from credit cards and online payments. You are required to report any income listed on your Form 1099-K from your taxable transactions on your income tax return.

Will Venmo, Cash App and Zelle Users Have to Pay a New Tax?

For Venmo, Cash App and other users, this may sound like a new tax—but it’s merely a tax reporting change to the existing tax law.

Form 1099-K is a tax form sent to users that may include both taxable and nontaxable income sources. A taxable source of income is included in your income, such as wages, rents, tips, and retirement income. Whereas a nontaxable source is excluded from your income and you will not need to report on your tax return.

Some examples of nontaxable income are:

  • Money received from a friend as a reimbursement
  • Money received from a roommate to pay their share of the rent
  • Money received from a loved one as a gift

Also, if you receive money from selling a personal item at a loss, you are not required to report the amount on your tax return. For example, if you purchased a dress for $100 and sold it for $50, the amount is not taxable.

But while the new law does not create a new tax, you must keep good records of any taxable income received.

How to Keep Good Records for Tax Reporting

Since your Form 1099-K may include both taxable and nontaxable income, keeping good records is essential. You want to select a recordkeeping system that clearly reflects your income.

You should maintain records such as bank statements, receipts, invoices and other financial documents to reflect taxable income. You can consider saving your records either in electronic form or manually.

If you are a business owner, it is a good idea to set up a third-party network platform, such as Cash App, Zelle, or Venmo, separately for both your business and personal transactions. This way, you can easily track business transactions.

Also, keeping good records can be beneficial to prove both taxable and nontaxable income sources if the IRS audits your tax return.

Child Tax Credit Letter 6419-2021

Watch for advance Child Tax Credit letter

To help taxpayers reconcile and receive all of the Child Tax Credits to which they are entitled, the IRS will send Letter 6419, 2021 advance CTC, starting late December 2021 and continuing into January. The letter will include the total amount of advance Child Tax Credit payments taxpayers received in 2021 and the number of qualifying children used to calculate the advance payments. People should keep this and any other IRS letters about advance Child Tax Credit payments with their tax records.

Families who received advance payments will need to file a 2021 tax return and compare the advance Child Tax Credit payments they received in 2021 with the amount of the Child Tax Credit they can properly claim on their 2021 tax return.

The letter contains important information that can make preparing their tax returns easier. People who received the advance CTC payments can also check the amount of their payments by using the CTC Update Portal available on IRS.gov.

Eligible families who did not receive any advance Child Tax Credit payments can claim the full amount of the Child Tax Credit on their 2021 federal tax return, filed in 2022. This includes families who don’t normally need to file a tax return.

Economic Impact Payment letter can help with the Recovery Rebate Credit

The IRS will begin issuing Letter 6475, Your Third Economic Impact Payment, to EIP recipients in late January. This letter will help Economic Impact Payment recipients determine if they are entitled to and should claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on their tax year 2021 tax returns that they file in 2022.

Letter 6475 only applies to the third round of Economic Impact Payments that was issued starting in March 2021 and continued through December 2021. The third round of Economic Impact Payments, including the “plus-up” payments, were advance payments of the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit that would be claimed on a 2021 tax return. Plus-up payments were additional payments the IRS sent to people who received a third Economic Impact Payment based on a 2019 tax return or information received from SSA, RRB or VA; or to people who may be eligible for a larger amount based on their 2020 tax return.

Most eligible people already received the payments. However, people who are missing stimulus payments should review the information to determine their eligibility and whether they need to claim a Recovery Rebate Credit for tax year 2020 or 2021.

Like the advance CTC letter, the Economic Impact Payment letters include important information that can help people quickly and accurately file their tax return.

More information about the advance Child Tax CreditEconomic Impact Payments and other COVID-19-related tax relief may be found at IRS.gov.


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