Tax Tips

At the Eau Claire IRS office, this is by far the busiest time of year.

The IRS says they see the most mistakes made when returns are filed close to the April 15 deadline. IRS employee Patty Henry says, even if you feel rushed, it pays to take a few minutes and look everything over before you send your returns in.

If you haven't filed your taxes yet, and you need some help or a 4-month extension, you can visit your local IRS office.

Or check out their Web site at www.irs.gov.

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Tips for Last-Minute Filers

  • Take your time. More mistakes are made by people who file at the last minute.

  • Double check your math. The most common tax return errors are not complex issues; the errors are usually related to incorrect addition or subtraction.

  • Use your label. It does speed your refund and has no affect on the likelihood of being audited.

  • Be sure to sign your return and if married filing jointly, both spouses must sign the return.

  • Attach all W-2 forms.

  • If someone else is preparing your tax return, be sure you know who you're dealing with first. Ask for an explanation of items on your return. Remember, if you sign the return, you are personally responsible for it.

Source: http://www.sctax.org/pressrel/1998/04109801.html (South Carolina Department of Revenue).


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