The IRS has encouraged taxpayers to take important actions this month to help them file their tax returns in 2022, including special steps related to Economic Impact Payments and advance Child Tax Credit payments. As a part of a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season, the IRS highlighted a special page the outlines the steps taxpayers can take to make the tax filing season easier.
Advance Child Tax Credit Payments
The IRS advised families who received advance payments to compare the advance Child Tax Credit payments that they received in 2021 with the amount of the Child Tax Credit that they can properly claim on their 2021 tax return. Taxpayers who received less than the amount for which they’re eligible can claim a credit for the remaining amount of Child Tax Credit on their 2021 tax return. Similarly, taxpayers who received more than the amount for which they’re eligible may need to repay some or all of the excess payment when they file. Additionally, eligible families who did not get monthly advance payments in 2021 can still get a lump-sum payment by claiming the Child Tax Credit when they file a 2021 federal income tax return next year. This includes families who don’t normally need to file a return.
The IRS announced that it would send Letter 6419 in January 2022 with the total amount of advance Child Tax Credit payments taxpayers received in 2021. Taxpayers should keep this and any other IRS letters about advance Child Tax Credit payments with their tax records.
Economic Impact Payments and Recovery Rebate Credit
Individuals who failed to qualify for the third Economic Impact Payment (EIP) or did not receive the full amount may be eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit based on their 2021 tax information. Accordingly, these individuals will need to file a 2021 tax return, even if they do not usually file, to claim the credit. Further, individuals will also need the amount of their third EIP and any Plus-Up Payments received to calculate their correct 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit amount when they file their tax return.
Charitable Deduction Changes
Finally, taxpayers who do not itemize deductions may qualify to take a charitable deduction of up to $600 for married taxpayers filing joint returns and up to $300 for all other filers for cash contributions made in 2021 to qualifying organizations.