Some of the most common errors in tax preparation are preventable. If you are filing your own taxes this year, avoid these errors and save yourself any hassles or delays in receiving your tax return.
According to the IRS website, some of the most common errors are:
- Incorrect or missing social security numbers.
- Incorrect tax entered based on taxable income and filing status.
- Computation errors: taxable income, withholding and estimated tax payments, earned income credit, standard deduction for age 65 or over or the blind, the taxable amount of social security benefits, and child and dependent care credit.
- Missing or incorrect identification numbers for child care providers.
- Withholding and estimated tax payments entered on the wrong line.
- Math errors.
Before filing your 2013 tax return, be sure to do the following:
- Write legibly.
- Enter names and social security numbers for yourself, spouse, and dependent and qualifying children exactly as they appear on their social security cards.
- Check only one filing status.
- Enter income, deductions, and credits on the correct lines and total lines correctly.
- Sign and date the return. If you filed jointly, be sure your spouse signs as well.
- Verify the account number and routing number for direct deposit.
Remember to make a copy of the signed returned and all the accompanying forms for your records. For more information about common errors in tax preparation, visit the IRS website.
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