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Tax filing rush can cause mistakes on returns

IRS spokeswoman Lea Crusberg warns filers against common mistakes
by Paula Burkes Published: April 10, 2013

Q&A with Lea Crusberg

Rushing can cause mistakes

on your income tax returns

Q: The April 15 tax filing deadline is only days away, causing many — I'm sure — to rush preparations. What happens if you make a mistake on your tax return?

A: If you make a mistake on your tax return, it usually takes the Internal Revenue Service longer to process it. The IRS may have to contact you about that mistake before your return is processed. This will delay the receipt of your tax refund.

Q: What is the best way to decrease potential errors?

A: The IRS reminds filers that e-filing their tax return greatly lowers the chance of errors. In fact, taxpayers are about 20 times more likely to make a mistake on their return if they file a paper return instead of e-filing their return.

Q: What are the eight common errors taxpayers make?

A: Wrong or missing Social Security numbers; names wrong or misspelled; filing status errors; math mistakes; errors in figuring credits/deductions; wrong bank account numbers; forms not signed and or dated; electronic signature errors.


by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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