The deadline to file taxes is looming. By Monday, tax returns should be finished, mailed, and sitting on the Internal Revenue Service‘s desk. This is the time for procrastinators to race the clock filling out those forms and running to the post office. The IRS has some tips for the last minute filers to avoid errors and mistakes.
*If you’re still not online with the rest of the world and are filing a paper return, be sure to have the correct address on the envelope. Visit www.irs.gov and look under “Where to file” for the correct address.
*For those living in this century and filing online, you are saving a lot of time and preventing many errors. E-file, IRS Free File software and software such as Turbo Tax, finds errors, makes all calculations, and lets you know when you are missing any info.
*Make sure to check all the right boxes including filing status and the correct exemption boxes.
*While you’re checking that the right boxes are checked, check that the correct Social Security number is entered as well. Check that all numbers are entered correctly and that all the calculations add up.
*Make sure your bank information is entered exactly. All account numbers and routing numbers should be correct if you want to receive your refund.
*If filing a paper return, be sure to include all the right forms such as W-2s and all schedules.
*If you can’t make the filing deadline, request an extension on the IRS website. Those that owe the government money still need to pay by the Monday deadline.