You gather all your paperwork, finalize your tax return, and you’re ready to go. But just as you’re about to send it off to the IRS, you wonder, “Should I check my math again? Did I take all the deductions I should have?” As taxpayers scramble to complete their tax paperwork and file their return by the April 18 deadline, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers these do’s and don’ts that will help minimize your tax filing headaches.
Do check your facts
The IRS reports that some of the common errors it sees on tax returns include wrong or omitted Social Security numbers, math mistakes, misspelled names, and forms that aren’t signed or dated. Taxes can be stressful, but if you take a deep breath and review your work before you send it in, it could save you time (and possible penalties) later.