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Recent Tax Updates

Tax Season 2022 Start Date and other Reminders

The IRS announced in a News Release on January 10, 2022 that the start of the 2022 tax filing season begins on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Below are additional reminders for the 2022 Tax Season.

EITC Election to Use 2019 Earned Income

Taxpayers who qualify for EITC may elect to use their 2019 earned income to figure their 2021 EITC if their 2019 earned income is more than their 2021 earned income.

For more details see the Form 1040 instructions for line 27a.

Charitable Contributions 2021

Taxpayers who do not itemize may take a deduction on Form 1040, line 12b of up to $300 ($600 if MFJ) for cash charitable contributions that they made in 2021.

2020 Coronavirus related Retirement Distribution

Where to report amount that is taxable on the 2021 return

Those taxpayers who took a Coronavirus related distribution from their retirement account and elected to have the distribution taxed over three years will report the amount that is taxable in 2021 on Form 8915-F (Qualified Disaster Retirement Plan Distributions and Repayments).

See the draft Form 8915-F instructions for more details.

EITC for taxpayers with no children

For Tax Year 2021, the following individuals with no children may be eligible for EITC (depending on their income):

  • Individuals over 18
  • Students attending school over 23
  • Former foster youth or qualified homeless youth over 17

For more info see page 7 of the Form 1040 instructions.

Elimination of Tuition and Fees Deduction

The Tuition and Fees Deduction (Form 8917 and Form 1040 Adjustment to Income) is no longer applicable for 2021. It has been replaced by increasing the income limitation to $180,000 for Married Filing Joint filers ($90,000 for single, head of household or qualifying widow(er)) for the lifetime learning credit on Form 8863 (Education Credits).

For more information, see the Federal Tax Law Changes for 2021 article or the following on the IRS website:

Mark Castro, CPA

Mark Castro, CPA

Mark has been with CrossLink Professional Tax Solutions (CPTS) since 2008, but has been in the tax industry since 1990. As the government/tax industry liaison for CPTS, Mark has been very active in working with the IRS, States, and other tax industry members to help improve communications, promote standardization, and simplification of eFile systems. Mark has also been active with industry associations as a board member of the National Association of Computerized Processors (NACTP) and the Council of Electronic Revenue Communication Advancement (CERCA) for many years. These two associations work with the IRS and States to help solve key eFile and electronic tax system issues and work to improve the operations of the State and IRS eFile systems.

Recent Tax Updates

2024 IRS Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

The IRS has released its annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams for 2024. This list serves as a warning to taxpayers and tax preparers about various schemes, abusive tax transactions, and tax avoidance strategies. It aims to raise awareness and prevent individuals from falling victim to fraudulent practices. Below are some of the most relevant scams highlighted by the IRS this year:

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2024 Federal Filing Deadline and Extensions for Tax Year 2023

This guide simplifies the federal filing deadlines for 2023, including extensions for disaster-affected areas, IRA contributions, and health savings account contributions. Whether you’re filing for yourself or advising clients, this article provides a clear roadmap for meeting tax obligations in 2024.

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Safeguarding Tax Professionals: Watch Out for Tax Season Scams

In today’s digital era, tax professionals are prime targets for cybercriminals. With sophisticated schemes lurking around every corner, it’s crucial for tax experts to stay alert and informed about the latest threats in their field.
Read now to learn about three prevalent scams that tax professionals should be wary of.

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