(AP) — Are you one of those people who has shied away all this time from filing your income tax returns online? This is the year you might want to go digital. The Internal Revenue Service says a resurgence of COVID-19 infections and reduced funding from Congress will make the filing season a challenging one. Because of that, the IRS is urging people to avoid sending paper returns. Commissioner Chuck Rettig says filing electronically — and getting your refund through direct deposit — can help avoid delays. Another suggestion is to file returns as soon as possible. This year’s tax-filing season begins Jan 24 — that’s 17 days earlier than last year.
Photo: FILE – This Jan. 28, 2021, file photo shows a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak is seen in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)