IRS URGES TAXPAYERS TO
AVOID COMMON MISTAKES
The Internal Revenue Service urges
taxpayers to review their tax returns for common errors that could delay
the processing of their return and refund.
are some ways to avoid common tax return errors:
electronically. If you
choose to e-file, many of the common errors are avoided or corrected by
the computer software. If your income is under $52,000, you may be able
to e-file for free using IRS Free File.
Use the peel-off
label if you choose to
mail a paper return. You may line through and make necessary corrections
right on the label. Be sure to fill in your Social Security number in
the box provided on the return. If you do not have a peel-off label,
fill in all requested information clearly, including the Social Security
Check only one
filing status on the tax
return and check the appropriate exemption boxes. Enter the correct
Social Security numbers for each of those exemptions.
Use the correct
Tax Table column for
your filing status.
all figures on the
return. Math errors are common mistakes.
that the financial institution routing and account numbers you have
entered on the return for a direct deposit of your refund are accurate.
Incorrect numbers can cause the refund to be delayed or misdirected.
Sign and date
the return. If filing a
joint return, both spouses must sign and date the return.
all Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and other forms that reflect tax
withheld to the front of the return. Attach all other necessary forms
request the Telephone Excise Tax Refund.
Don’t short-change yourself. Most
households are eligible for a special, one-time only Telephone Tax
Refund, typically between $30-$60, that you can request on your 2006 tax
Do you owe tax?
If so, enclose a check or money order made payable to the “United States
Treasury” and Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher, if used. Or, you may choose
to pay by credit card by contacting one of the credit card service
a complete checklist and a listing of some of the most common errors,
see Tax Topic 303, Checklist of Common Errors When Preparing Your Tax
Return, on the IRS Web site at IRS.gov
or call the IRS TeleTax number at 800-829-4477. For more information
about e-file, Free File and the Telephone Tax Refund, visit IRS.gov.