Earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) abruptly advised millions of taxpayers to hold off on filing their 2022 tax return. The reason? A number of states had issued one-time tax rebates, refunds, and other special payments last year, but the IRS was not sure if some or any of these payments were taxable at the federal level.
Now the agency has clarified the situation by issuing updated guidance on the matter, stating that “taxpayers in many states will not need to report these payments on their 2022 tax returns.”
This will no doubt come as a relief to millions of taxpayers, especially those who had filed their returns before the IRS said to hold off. At the same time, the IRS guidance contains some caveats. If you received one of these state-level payments in 2022, here’s what to know: