Tax Day has arrived

The annual dreaded day has arrived. The Christian Science Monitor shares Tax day 101: top mistakes to avoid on your tax return

As Americans pore weary-eyed over spreadsheets and instruction booklets, sometimes it’s easy to overlook important mistakes. Many are easy to avoid, if you take a moment to review some basics before tax day.

In honor of April 15, here are 15 common tax-return mistakes to avoid, according to tax experts and the Internal Revenue Service itself.

I won’t copy the entire article but these are the headlines you might want to check out. To read the whole article in its entirety, check it out online.

1. Being ignorant about the “making work pay” credit. …

2. Not taking the home-buyer tax credit. …

3. Passing up the opportunity for tax-free retirement savings. …

4. Not attaching W-2 forms. …

5. Letting your refund go astray. …

6. Rushing to “get it over with.” …

7. Thinking that filing for an extension exempts you from paying. …

8. Making a math error. …

9. Not boosting your standard deduction if you’re over 65. …

10. Mixing up where things are deductible. …

11. Forgetting to keep your own copy. …

12. Failing to sign and date the return. …

13. Forgetting a state tax refund from 2008. …

14. Not adding enough paperwork with your state income-tax return. …

15. Sending your return to the wrong address. …

Or if you are like me and have a bunch of complications and not everyone has sent their information for you to complete your taxes, it is time to send in that extension request (link to IRS extension info). Just don’t forget mistake #7 – if you owe, you gotta pay today.

Our taxes make our country run – don’t ignore them, no matter what some radical groups are suggesting.

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