Not too many people enjoy doing their taxes, but the 2022 tax season could potentially be one of the worst tax years ever.
Why is this year going to be so rough?
The IRS is expecting to face many refund delays and filing discrepancies as Americans now have to include pandemic-related government stimulus payments and much more when filing their 2021 tax returns. Here's more info from ABC Action News.
As a result, more people than ever are expected to seek help from the IRS to either file their taxes or to check up on refund processing. Last filing season, the IRS received more than 145 million calls from Jan. 1 to May 17, more than four times the calls than in an average year, the IRS said. (source)This year the IRS want's people to look for help elsewhere — from its online tax filing resources to free third-party options. For example, one resource is The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. This program offers free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. You can learn more about this program here from the IRS.
If you live in California, you can likely find tax assistance at your local libraries. Here is a helpful tool you can use to locate a library near you in California.
But let's say you are really, really in a bind. You can't get an answer on an important tax issue. What can you do?
What If You Still Want To Call The IRS?
Here's a handy video if you still want to get in touch with the IRS. Again, if you can avoid this choice, you will likely save some time. But if you really want to talk to an IRS employee, here is the best way to do it.
Have you filed your taxes yet for this year?