Last-minute tax filing mistakes: 11 things to avoid
Last-minute tax filing can lead to plenty of costly mistakes. If procrastination got the better of you this year, here are 11 last-minute tax filing blunders to avoid.
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File electronically. Filing electronically, whether through e-file or IRS Free File, vastly reduces tax return errors, as the tax software does the calculations, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. And best of all, there is a free option for everyone.
Take a close look at the tax tables. When figuring tax using the tax tables, taxpayers should be sure to use the correct column for the filing status claimed.
Write information clearly. When entering information on the tax return, including Social Security numbers, take the time to be sure it is correct and easy to read. Also, check only one filing status and the appropriate exemption boxes.
Review everything. While software catches and prevents many errors on e-file returns, math errors remain common on paper returns.