There are a lot of factors that websites and analysts have cited for the ever increasing number of last minute tax filings, and those numbers are pretty shocking.
In August, the IRS announced changes to the ITIN program that stem from the Protecting Americans from the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act that was signed into law in December of 2015. Renewals began in October for ITINs that have not been used on a federal tax return over the past three years, as well as ITINs that were issued prior to 2013.
In December of 2015 the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH Act) was signed into law. The PATH Act made a handful of tax extenders and incentives permanent, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).
A Tax Administration report from the Treasury Inspector General estimates that $15.6 billion in Earned Income Tax Credit payments were wrongfully paid out in fiscal year 2015.