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The 10 Biggest Tax Mistakes I See: A CPA Tells All

CPA tax secretsBy Laura Shin

1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, Schedule C, Schedule B, 4868, 1099, W-2 ... doing your taxes can feel like trying to speak a foreign language that you've never taken a course in.

Given how complicated the tax code is, it's not surprising that people mess up when filing their returns -- and those mistakes can cost people thousands of dollars. (Learn how to avoid the top tax filing mistakes.)

As a Certified Public Accountant with his own boutique firm, Gary Craig has seen it all. He shared some of the most common tax blunders he witnesses to help you avoid them, and improve the odds that your own filing goes smoothly.

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