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Tips to avoid some of the most common tax return mistakes

With the deadline to file tax returns right around the corner, there are people all across Minnesota rushing to file theirs before April 15. In the interest of saving time and getting things filled out and submitted before then, people may end up trying to race through their forms and just get them in the mail.

However, people who do this could end up having their return delayed or even investigated by the IRS if there are mistakes or omitted pieces of information. In order to try and avoid getting into a messy situation with the government, it can be important to know what some of the most common mistakes are so that they can hopefully be addressed in time.

The IRS has a list of some of the most common errors that people make on their tax returns. The list includes:

  • Choosing more than one filing status
  • Inaccurate Social Security numbers
  • Listing too few or too many exemptions
  • Entering inaccurate information about income or putting it on the wrong line
  • Miscalculating deductions or other figures
  • Failure to include appropriate schedules
  • Missing W-2 forms

For the most part, these mistakes are clerical and may not raise and red flags. Avoiding these errors can be as easy as carefully reviewing the document before submitting.

However, there are some other very serious mistakes that a person could make which could be grounds for an investigation into allegations of tax fraud. This could be the case if a person leaves out sources of income, misrepresents deductions or files a return using someone else's information.

If you do believe that you have made a mistake on your tax return, it can be crucial to consult an attorney sooner, rather than later, even if you think it was an honest mistake. The IRS is typically extremely aggressive when it comes to investigating errors on tax returns, and it can be of great relief to have the support and guidance of an attorney if you are in the cross hairs of an investigation.

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