Money

Avoid common tax-filing mistakes

Don’t make careless errors

Mistakes like typing the wrong social security number because of thick fingers or long nails will cause delays in your return. Review before sending.

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Do choose the right filing status

Are you single or married? Filing jointly or separately? Choose correctly as it affects how much you’ll pay.

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Don’t forget to report income

Tell Uncle Sam about all the income you brought in last year. Side hustles included. The consequences for not doing so could be major.

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Do consider filing taxes yourself

Unless you have a complicated tax situation, save your money by filing yourself. Most times, if you make $66,000 or less, you can use a free tool like Turbo Tax.

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Don’t leave money on the table

Figure out which credits and deductions you're eligible for to reduce tax liability and get as much back as possible.

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Do stay organized

Some forms will come in the mail, while others can be retrieved electronically. Either scan paper files or print electronic files. Either way, keep everything together.

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Don’t procrastinate

While the actual deadline may vary, you know you have to send in your taxes every April. Just get it done.

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Do file a return, even if you think you don't have to

The IRS said it had $1.1 billion in unclaimed federal income tax refunds for around 1 million people who didn't file a tax return in 2014.

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