Tax Tips for December 2021

Get ready for taxes: Here’s what's new and what to consider when filing in 2022

COVID Tax Tip 2021-187, December 16, 2021 — The IRS encourages taxpayers to get informed about topics related to filing their federal tax returns in 2022. These topics include special steps related to charitable contributions, economic impact payments and advance child tax credit payments.

Publications help taxpayers get ready and stay ready for tax filing season

Tax Tip 2021-186, December 15, 2021 — With the tax filing season almost here, taxpayers should check out two IRS publications available on These publications can help people get prepared and stay organized with tips for year-round tax planning.

Tips to help taxpayers choose a reputable tax return preparer

Tax Tip 2021-185, December 14, 2021 — As taxpayers get ready to file their 2022 tax return, they may be considering hiring a tax return preparer. The IRS reminds taxpayers to choose a tax return preparer wisely.

Tax professionals should review data safeguards

Tax Tip 2021-184, December 13, 2021 — With the tax filing season around the corner, the IRS and its Security Summit partners remind tax pros to review their security measures. The Taxes-Security-Together Checklist can help tax professionals identify the basic steps they should take to safeguard their clients and their business.

Tax benefits of making a business accessible to workers and customers with disabilities

Tax Tip 2021-183, December 9, 2021 ― Businesses that make structural adaptations or other accommodations for employees or customers with disabilities may be eligible for tax credits and deductions.

Security tip for tax pros: Remember to safeguard EFINs

Tax Tip 2021-182, December 8, 2021 ― Tax professionals are prime targets for criminals. These criminals not only want to steal client data, but also the professionals' data, such as their electronic filing identification numbers.

New online identity verification process for accessing IRS self-help tools

Tax Tip 2021-181, December 7, 2021 ― The IRS recently launched an improved identity verification and sign-in process that enables more people to securely access and use IRS online tools and applications.

Highlights from 2021 National Tax Security Awareness Week

Tax Tip 2021-180, December 6, 2021 ― The IRS and its Security Summit partners recently held the annual National Tax Security Awareness Week. One of the key messages this year was even if someone doesn't file a tax return, their online interactions can lead to scammers stealing sensitive information and using it to try and get a tax refund.

Small security measures that make a big difference when it comes to online safety

Tax Tip 2021-179, December 3, 2021 ― Cybercrime is a constant concern in the online world which means everyone must be mindful of risks when they share devices, shop online and interact on social media. A few small security measures can lower the risk of exposure to online safety threats.

Holiday scam reminder: Gift cards are never used to make tax payments

Tax Tip 2021-178, December 2, 2021 ― This holiday season the IRS reminds taxpayers, the agency won't ask for or accept gift cards as payment for a tax bill. However, that doesn't stop scammers from targeting taxpayers by asking them to pay a fake tax bill with gift cards.

What taxpayers can do now to get ready to file taxes in 2022

COVID Tax Tip 2021-177, December 1, 2021 ― There are steps people, including those who received stimulus payments or advance child tax credit payments, can take now to make sure their tax filing experience goes smoothly in 2022. They can start by visiting the Get Ready page on

Tax Tip Archive

IRS Tax Tips from January 2011 forward.