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19 Mistakes the IRS Says Filers Must Avoid

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4. Failure to correctly list all dependents

Taxpayers must list all names and taxpayer identification numbers for each person listed on the return. If the tax filer is using social security numbers, the corresponding names must appear exactly as they do on the corresponding social security card.

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3. Failure to correctly declare exemptions

In order to benefit from spousal and dependency exemptions, the IRS requires certain information. For spousal exemptions, both you and your spouse’s age as well as their gross income amounts must appear. For dependents, taxpayers must disclose their relationship to the dependent and the amount of support provided.

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2. Choosing the incorrect filing status

Filing status is used to determine certain filing requirements, deductions, and credit eligibility. Despite being essential to correctly filing taxes, choosing the incorrect filing status remains a relatively common mistake among American taxpayers.

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1. Tax return is illegible

It should come as no surprise that if the IRS cannot read your name, taxpayer ID number, or address, agents cannot process your return. Still, illegible penmanship is a common problem among those who do not file electronically.

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