There are several important dates to keep in mind for this year's filing season:
• January 24: IRS begins 2022 tax season. Individual 2021 tax returns begin being accepted and processing begins.
• April 18: Due date to file 2021 tax return or request extension and pay tax owed due to Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C., even for those who live outside the area.
• April 19: Due date to file 2021 tax return or request extension and pay tax owed for those who live in MA or ME due to Patriots' Day holiday.
• October 17: Due date to file for those requesting an extension on their 2021 tax returns
According to the IRS; they anticipate that most taxpayers will receive their refund within 21 days of when they file electronically if they choose direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax return. To avoid delays in processing, people should avoid filing paper returns wherever possible.
Some returns may still need manual review, which could delay the processing and may take the IRS more than the normal 21 days to issue any refund.