Tax Day: Here are Mistakes Late Filers Should Avoid

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers to review their tax forms for errors that could delay the processing of their returns.
April 17 is the tax filing deadline.
Filing electronically, either through e-file or IRS Free File, vastly reduces tax return errors, the IRS said. The tax software flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information.
Make sure to mail a paper return to the right address. Paper filers should check the appropriate address where to file in IRS.gov or their form instructions to avoid processing delays.
For taxpayers who cannot meet the April 17 deadline, requesting a filing extension is easy and will prevent late filing penalties. Either use Free File or Form 4868. But keep in mind that while an extension grants additional time to file, tax payments are still due April 17.
Here are more last-time minute tips:

  • Take a close look at the tax tables when figuring your tax; taxpayers should be sure to use the correct column for the filing status claimed.
  • Fill in all requested information clearly when entering information on the tax return, including Social Security number.
  • Get the right routing and account numbers when requesting direct deposit of a federal refund into one, two or even three accounts.
  • 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).
  • Attach all required forms. Paper filers need to attach W-2s and other forms that reflect tax withholding, to the front of their returns. If requesting a payment agreement with the IRS, also attach Form 9465 or Form 9465-FS to the front of the return. Attach all other necessary schedules and forms in sequence number order shown in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Keep a copy of the return. Taxpayers should make a copy of their signed return and all schedules for their records.

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