Tax Deadline Approaching! Here Are Some Last-Minute Tax Tips

Don't make these common errors on your forms

If you haven’t filed your tax forms, it’s time to hurry. The tax deadline is quickly approaching. Even though it’s almost time to get your paperwork in, make sure that you’re careful. Mistakes will surely delay the process.

The Internal Revenue Service says it’s important to double-check your tax returns to make sure there are no errors.

The IRS gives advice for avoiding some common mistakes.

File your return electronically. The tax software through e-file or IRS Free File can do calculations, flag errors, and highlight missing information.

Pay attention to tax tables. Make sure to use the correct column for the filing status you claimed.

Clearly fill in your information. Take your time when filling in numbers. Make sure everything is correct and legible. Furthermore, check only one filing status and the appropriate exemption boxes.

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Double-check your numbers. The IRS says math errors are common on paper returns.
Enter the correct routing and account numbers. Having your federal refund deposited directly into your account is very convenient and fast. However, it can be a problem if your banking information is not correct. Do everything you can to make sure your bank’s routing and account numbers entered on the return are accurate. If the numbers are wrong, your refund could be delayed or deposited into the wrong account.

Don’t forget to sign and date the return. If filing a joint return, both spouses must sign and date the return. E-filers can sign using a self-selected personal identification number (PIN).

Make sure you have the right address. If you’re filing a paper return, check IRS.gov or the form instructions for the appropriate address for sending forms in order to avoid processing delays.

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