Thanks to the pandemic, 2020 was a tax year like no other. Now it’s time to tackle your return for Uncle Sam.
This filing season millions of taxpayers will have to cope with new or unfamiliar provisions, whether they involve charitable donations, remote work from different states, retirement-plan withdrawals, or other issues.
For now the tax deadline is April 15, though some House Democrats are urging a postponement. The date could also change if Congress mandates another round of stimulus payments that require Internal Revenue Service resources. But a delay is far from certain—so don’t procrastinate.
The 2021 Wall Street Journal tax guide, a 67-page ebook that’s free to subscribers, has updated information on a wide range of topics. Here’s a roundup of pandemic-specific changes, with tips for handling them on your 2020 return.