Why does Tax Day fall on April 18 this year? What are some scams to look out for this tax season? Find the answers to these and more questions in this comprehensive guide to tax day 2022.
1. When Is Tax Day?
This year, Tax Day will be on Monday, April 18, 2022.
As you probably know, Tax Day is traditionally held on April 15. However, the District of Columbia observes Emancipation Day on April 16, which this year falls on a Saturday. As a consequence, the holiday will be celebrated on April 15, pushing Tax Day to the 18.
For more details, check out our previous blog, When is tax day in 2022?
2. Make Sure to Get These Details Right
Want to avoid delays with your return? Make sure to double-check these details before filing:
- Date of birth
- Social Security Number (SNN)
- Filing status (single, married filing jointly, married filed separately, head of household, qualifying widow(er) with dependent child)
- Your return must be signed and dated
3. What Happens if I Can’t File My Taxes on Time?
If you can’t file on time, you can request an extension to get an extra six months to file.
Remember, however, that an extension to file is NOT an extension to pay. You still have to pay all or at least part of your estimated taxes by April 18.
4. What Happens if I Can’t Pay My Taxes in Full?
If you can’t pay all the taxes you owe, file your rate and pay at least a portion by the April 18 deadline. This way you will avoid the failure-to-pay penalty and will reduce interests on the unpaid balance.
Talk with a tax expert you trust to determine if you qualify for an online payment plan or for an installment agreement.
5. Checking the Status of Your Refund
Once your return is filed and your payment is made, you can check the status of your refund using the online tool Where’s My Refund.
You can start checking the status of your refund 24 hours after filing electronically or four weeks after mailing a paper return.
6. Beware of Tax Scams
Every year, scammers take advantage of tax season to deceive unsuspecting victims. Stay safe by watching out for these red flags:
- Someone contacts you by text or social media.
- You are asked to pay a supposed tax bill urgently.
- Someone threatens you with calling the police or immigration authorities if you don’t pay.
- They ask you to pay your taxes by using a specific payment method.
- They ask you to settle your tax bill with gift cards.
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