Common Errors When Filing Income Taxes
These days, with the help of tax preparation software, it is easier to file annual tax returns. However, you should take note that with just a single mistake in putting in your information in filing up on a software it may end up costing you, either in the form of a larger tax bill or a smaller refund. Additionally, even when a mistake, either on your PC or paper forms, doesn’t cost you any money, it could delay the receipt of any refund you’re expecting.
One thing you have to remember is that tax changes can also complicate the annual tax-filing exercise. For example, during the 2015 tax year, reporting and filing requirements prompted by the Affordable Care Act have caused a myriad of problems for taxpayers, tax professionals and even the IRS. Whether or not are there are special taxes to be applied in the current year, there are still plenty of incidents that you may accidentally mess up a 1040 form.
Tax Math miscalculations
Each year, the top most common mistake that happens on tax returns are incorrect math. Any errors in arithmetic or in moving figures from one schedule to another will get you an instant correction sign. In addition, math mistakes also can lessen your tax refund or result in you owing more taxes than you thought. Your most important job is to get all the numbers correct since the IRS will be doing a double-check all of the numerical entries against its copies of your tax statements (W-2, 1099s and the like).
Another common math error are computation errors, here taxpayers or their tax pros make mistakes in figuring such tax-return entries as taxable income, withholding and estimated tax payments. In addition, credits and special deductions also pose problems.
One thing you need to remember, the IRS is not just all about numbers, but words too, especially correct names. Whenever the names of a taxpayer, his or her spouse or their kids don’t match with the tax identification number that the Social Security Administration has on record it may start different problems with the processing. Usually, this problem is a normal especially for women who are newly married. This is why women should announce to the Social Security Administration as soon as she can when she got married and will be changing surnames.
Additional Income Means Additional Filing Work
If ever you have any additional work or income, for example, as a contractor you will most likely receive a Form 1099-MISC detailing the extra earnings. You must never miss out on stating these vital details or the IRS will count this against your owed taxes. There are many other tax problems that you will bump into, it is crucial that you know how to amend them to avoid problems.
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