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Tax extension filers don't need to wait until October 17

Taxpayers who requested an extension to file their 2021 tax return don't have to wait until mid-October to file. If a taxpayer has all the necessary information to file an accurate return, they can file electronically at any time before the October deadline and avoid a last-minute rush to file.

Taxpayers who requested more time to file an accurate return have until October 17, 2022. Those who have what they need to file, however, should file as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing their return.

Tax season alerts and planning ahead for 2023

Taxpayers face a number of issues due to critical tax law changes that took place in 2021 and ongoing challenges related to the pandemic. The IRS continues to share updated information for people now filing their 2021 tax returns and those planning for the 2022 return they will file next year, as well as anyone who has previous year tax returns awaiting processing by the IRS.

This special alerts page is designed to help anyone whether they are now preparing their tax return or are awaiting processing of a return or refund and the latest updates on IRS letters, or notices. Newer updates will be placed at the top of this page; the IRS will also provide critical updates through social media.

Coronavirus Tax Relief

For the latest information about coronavirus tax relief, see the Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments page.

Visit our Coronavirus and Economic Impact Payments: Resources and Guidance page for our latest content including news releases, Tax Tips, frequently asked questions, multilingual partner materials and more.

To learn about IRS operations during COVID-19, visit our operations page for up-to-date status on affected IRS operations and services.

Outreach Connection

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Taxpayer Bill of Rights

All taxpayers have a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them.

Tax Withholding

The IRS encourages taxpayers to perform a quick "paycheck checkup" by using the Withholding Estimator to check if they have the right amount of withholding for their personal situation.

Consumer Alerts on Tax Scams

‪Note that the IRS will never:

Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.

  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

For more information on tax scams, please see Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts. For more information on phishing scams, please see Suspicious emails and Identity Theft.

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