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Tax Tips for Procrastinators: The Top 8 Last-Minute Filing Blunders

Taxes are due - filing tipsHaste makes waste: It's an adage that best describes the fate that often befalls last-minute taxpayers, who, in a mad dash to meet the IRS deadline, make filing flubs that result in smaller refund checks or shelling out more to the government than they owe.

If you're among those last-minute filers, first, take a breath. Then take note of eight common filing mistakes to avoid.


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Does Everyone Need to File an Income Tax Return?

Not everyone is required to file an income tax return each year. Generally, if your total income for the year doesn't exceed the standard deduction plus one exemption and you aren't a dependent to another taxpayer, then you don't need to file a federal tax return. The amount of income that you can earn before you are required to file a tax return also depends on the type of income, your age and your filing status.

How to Write Off Sales Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) permits you to write off either your state and local income tax or sales taxes when itemizing your deductions. People who live in a state that does not impose income taxes often benefit most from this deduction. However, you might also be better off deducting sales taxes instead of income taxes if you make large purchases during the year and your total sales tax payments exceed those for state income tax. You can use either the actual sales taxes you paid or the IRS optional sales tax tables.

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sr1moments

What's the difference between head of household & claiming a child as a dependent who does not live w/you?

April 17 2012 at 1:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rory

Understand, sometimes it is best in the long run to leave out a deduction or two. If you are middling folk, small business and can't afford to be lawyered up to the max, then leaving out a deduction or two out, when audited comes in handy, I have been audited and being able to come back with those additional deductions saves me time and headache when I have been audited. Not a crime to over pay, but it is a crime to underpay.
Just a thought!

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