My circumstances have changed in the new year, so this is for me as much as anyone else. They say that there are four seasons in a year but I disagree because this season is one that you can't avoid...Tax season.

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It's that time of year...tax time. On Monday, January 23rd, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has started to take and process tax returns from 2022. If you haven't started yet, now is a good time to begin.

You want to get off on the right foot and make sure that your info is accurate and filed on time. This way, you can avoid extensive processing and refund delays and you won't have to file for an amended tax return.

Things To Know About The 2023 Tax Filing Season

The IRS has begun the processing and if you have a refund coming, you could get it within 21 days if your filing electronically.

The filing deadline to submit your 2022 tax returns or an extension to file and pay is April 18th. It's three days later (April 15th) because of Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. that falls of April 17th. Don't delay because the deadline will be here quicker than you anticipate.

If you ask for an extension, you'll have until October 16th to file. My advice (which is free and that might be all that it's worth), is don't put it off unless you absolutely have too. I've found that putting things off doesn't usually make it better.

If you made $73,000 or less in 2022, you could use the IRS's Free File program. Did you know that they offered this program? I didn't either but I'm glad that I know now. If you made less then $73,000 in 2022, then you are eligible.

If you have questions about filing or want to see how your refund is going, the quickest way is to go IRS.gov. According to the IRS, this is faster then calling because of the high volume of telephone calls that they get.

January 27th has been set aside as a special day to encourage you. The IRS wants to help people understand the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit that can help low and moderate income families. Go here to see if you qualify.

Finally, the IRS wants you to be aware of impersonation scams. The IRS will never contact taxpayers through text messages, social media or unsolicited emails or phone calls. If they are trying to get a hold of you, they'll contact you with a letter first.

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