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Check Individual Taxpayer Identification Number

The IRS issues ITINs to people who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who don't have, and are not eligible to obtain, a Social Security number. If ITIN was not included on a federal tax return at least once for tax years 2019, 2020 and 2021, the ITIN will expire on December 31, 2022.

Individuals only need to renew an ITIN if it has expired and is needed on a federal tax return.


Find information about retirement plans

IRS.gov has end-of-year tax information about retirement plans. This includes resources for individuals about retirement planning, contributions and withdrawals.


Contribute salary deferral

Taxpayers can make a salary deferral to a retirement plan. This helps maximize the tax credit available for eligible contributions. Taxpayers should make sure their total salary deferral contributions do not exceed the $20,500 limit for 2022.


Donate to charity

Taxpayers must have made any donation to a tax-exempt organization that they wanted to deduct on their 2022 return by December 31. Most charitable cash donations qualify for the deduction. However, there are some exceptions. Cash contributions include those made by check, credit card or debit card as well as unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses in connection with volunteer services to a qualifying charitable organization.

IRA owners age 70½ or over have the option to transfer up to $100,000 to charity tax-free each year. These transfers, known as qualified charitable distributions or QCDs, offer eligible older Americans a great way to give to charity before the end of the year. For those who are at least 72, QCDs count toward the IRA owner's required minimum distribution for the year.


Get banked and set up direct deposit

Direct deposit gives taxpayers access to their refund faster than a paper check. Eight out of ten taxpayers get their refunds by using direct deposit. It is simple, safe and secure. This is the same electronic transfer system used to deposit nearly 98 percent of all Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits into millions of accounts.

Combining direct deposit with electronic filing is the fastest way to receive your refund. There’s no chance of it going uncashed, getting lost, stolen, or destroyed. The IRS issues more than nine out of ten refunds in less than 21 days.

Direct deposit is easy to use. Just select it as your refund method through your tax software and type in the account number and routing number. Or, tell your tax preparer you want direct deposit.


Connect with the IRS

Taxpayers can use social media to get the latest tax and filing tips from the IRS. The IRS shares information on things like tax changes, scam alerts, initiatives, tax products and taxpayer services. These social media tools are available in different languages, including English, Spanish and American Sign Language.


Think about tax refunds

The fastest way taxpayers can get a tax refund is by filing electronically and choosing direct deposit, but no one should ever plan to get a refund by a certain date. This is especially true for those who want to use their refund to make major purchases or pay bills.


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