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Common Mistakes on Federal Income Tax Form

There are some common mistakes that can occur on federal income tax form that taxpayers should be aware of and ensure that they don't make those mistakes. Use the common mistakes on federal income tax form below as a checklist to be used before you file your tax return by mail or electronically. Many of the common mistakes on federal income tax return can be avoided if the taxpayer uses good tax filing software such as TurboTax or TaxCut.

Using peel off Labels

If any peel off labels are used on the tax return form for any corrections or otherwise, make sure that all information on the labels are correct and the labels are properly placed in the right space on the tax return. A lot of the time, tax returns are rejected by the IRS because of mistakes regarding where the social security number is put or mistakes in writing the social security number. Pay particular attention to where you enter your social security number as well as ensure that you have entered the correct social security number.

Entering taxpayer's correct personal information

Make sure that all your personal details such as:

  • name,
  • social security number,
  • address are correctly places on your tax return.
Entering correct spouse, dependents and qualifying children information

Not only your personal information needs to be correct and properly entered on your federal income tax return with no mistakes, personal information of:

  • your spouse's,
  • your dependents, and
  • your qualifying children (such as for earned income credit)

need to be correct and entered in the right section of the IRS federal income tax form exactly as they appear on the social security cards. If anyone whose information needs to be entered on your tax return has had name change, you need to call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 before filing your tax return.

Checking only one filing status only

Each taxpayer has to file using only one filing status even if he or she feels like he or she qualifies for more than one filing status. If necessary, the taxpayer needs to consult IRS publications or instruction booklets to determine the correct filing status.

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