2022 Tax Time Guide: Maximize Your Money at Tax Time
March 10, 2022
This tax season, we want to make sure you receive every dollar you deserve. That’s why we’re sharing tax filing resources that are 100% FREE for you. Browse our one-stop guide to master tax time and make it your bonus season.
We will continue to update this guide as more resources become available, so make sure to bookmark it.
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Quick Facts & News
- Jan. 24 – When the IRS will start processing tax returns filed in 2022
- April 18 – Deadline to file your tax return
- Possible delays in 2022: Your tax return could be delayed this year. File as early as possible, and check the status of your refund using Where’s My Refund and IRS2go app.
- IRS says the earliest Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) tax refunds will hit people’s bank accounts or prepaid debit cards is by the first week of March.
- Use your Child Tax Credit payment info in your IRS.gov account. According to the IRS, it is more accurate than Letter 6419 or the Child Tax Credit portal.
- Your Child Tax Credit (CTC) will not be garnished if you have student loans in default, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Click here to learn more.
- The IRS will begin Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) audits soon. If you receive an audit notice, it’s crucial to respond proactively. Learn more about the audit process, what you need to provide if audited, and what to do if the IRS denies your EITC claim on the Tax Payer Advocate Service website.
New for 2022
Timely Tax Tips
- What Documents Do I need for the 2022 Tax Season?
- What Tax Breaks End in 2021?
- 5 Tips to help navigate 2021 changes to filing taxes
- Tax tricks to navigate problems with Child Tax Credit, retirement withdrawals, and rental property sales
- NEW – 2022 Improvements: How to Use Your Tax Account on IRS.gov
Tax Filing Tips
- NEW – 4 Ways to get help with IRS issues
- How do I know if I should file taxes online or get help from a tax preparer?
- How do I safely find and pick a tax preparer or online tax software?
- How to get legal help this tax season
- 5 Ways to make sure your tax return is processed ASAP
- Operation Hidden Treasure: Cryptocurrency and taxes
- What Should I do with an IRS Letter?
- How to fix your tax return after making a tax filing mistake
- Tax Tips for Gig Workers and Self-Employed Taxpayers
- When can I deduct travel expenses on my federal tax return?
- Avoid tax scams and overcome identity theft this tax season
- What to do when you didn’t receive your tax refund
- NEW – What should I do if I owe taxes and can’t pay?
- NEW – How to get a smaller Tax Refund in order to keep more each month
Earned Income Tax Credit & Recovery Rebate Credit Tips
Child Tax Credit Tips
- NEW – What if Letter 6419 or IRS records don’t match what I received for Child Tax Credit payments?
- 2021 Changes to Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
- What should I do if my Advance Child Tax Credit Payments were Wrong?
- Tax Tips: Someone else received my dependent’s Child Tax Credit
- What to do when the IRS sends you Letter 6419
- How the Child Tax Credit will affect your tax return
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Can I file taxes if my income was only SS and SSI?
How does Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) work?
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How Does Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) work?
VITA: A Free Way to Get Help With Your Taxes
Get Tax Filing Help
Tax Time Allies connects you with IRS-certified volunteers who provide free help with basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.
Getyourrefund.org provides free tax prep services to families earning less than $66,000 a year. Trained, IRS-certified volunteers will help you prepare and double-check your tax return before filing. These volunteers can also help you file for previous years and make sure you receive tax credits you qualify for.
Stay Alert for Fraud & Scams During Tax Time
Many people receive a lot of money in their tax refund. Unfortunately, scammers know this and often try to take advantage of people during this time. It’s important to be vigilant and know what to expect during tax time so you stay one step ahead.
- Be extremely careful about what you share on social media related to your taxes and make sure you’re going to official sources like the IRS website to get information. The IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate Service is a great resource to find reputable tax information and tips.
- There are some common scams that we often see related to tax time. Read more on tips on how to recognize a tax scam and what to keep an eye out for.