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8 common tax-time goofs that can delay your refund

Waiting until the 11th hour to file your tax return suggests your main goal is just to make sure it gets done on time. But if you slip up, it may be simply a case of hurry up and wait — for your refund.
By The Associated Press Published: April 12, 2012

• Math errors.

When preparing paper returns, review all math for accuracy. Or file electronically; the software does the math for you.

• Careless errors.

Take your time. Many taxpayers make mistakes when figuring their taxable income, withholding and estimated tax payments, Earned Income Tax Credit, Standard Deduction for age 65 or over or blind, the taxable amount of Social Security benefits and the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

• Incorrect bank account numbers for direct deposit.

Double-check your bank routing and account numbers if you are using direct deposit for your refund.

• Forgetting to sign and date the return.

An unsigned tax return is like an unsigned check — it is invalid. Also, both spouses must sign a joint return.

• Incorrect adjusted gross income.

If you file electronically, you must sign the return electronically using a Personal Identification Number. To verify your identity, the software will prompt you to enter your AGI from your 2010 federal income tax return or last year's PIN if you e-filed. Taxpayers should not use an AGI amount from an amended return, Form 1040X, or a math-error correction made by the IRS.


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