Common filing errors on tax returns
Errors on tax returns may result in refunds of less than is due to you, delayed refunds, or additional tax, plus penalty and interest. Some common errors to avoid:
- using incorrect Social Security Numbers;
- calculation errors;
- failing to include all income;
- selecting incorrect filing status;
- failure to include dependent information;
- missing some allowable credits or deductions;
- failing to attach W-2s when mailing paper returns;
- mailing state returns and payments to the Internal Revenue Service;
- using incorrect forms or schedules, and
- missing signatures.
To receive a timely refund for the appropriate amount and to avoid owing additional tax, penalty and interest, you should thoroughly review your return before submitting it to the Department.