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Tax Tips for Procrastinators: The Top 8 Last-Minute Filing Blunders (+ Take a Poll)

submitted on April 13, 2012 by HouTex in "Member's Lounge"
Still working on your 2011 tax return? Even though we get 2 extra days to get them filed this year (deadline is April 17), lots of people haven't submitted their returns yet. Don't get in a last-minute hurry and make mistakes that cost you money.

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

1. Using an incorrect filing status
2. Missing, incorrect, or illegible numbers
3. Math errors
4. Choosing standard deduction vs itemizing - don't forget some losses can be carried forward from prior years
5. Misunderstanding what an extension means
6. Forgetting to account for all income
7. Messing up state tax deductions
8. Forgetting to sign and date the return

I also heard on the news that the post office won't be open as late this year....
So if you're planning a near-midnight run to the nearest post office to mail it yourself,
see USPS information at
Click on "Find Post Offices open later than 6:00 PM on Tax Day"
1. I've already finished my tax return
2. I normally send it in...
 At the last minute
3. When I prepare my tax return, I use...
 Free tax software
 Purchased tax software
 A paper form
 An accountant
4. If you use software, which program do you prefer?
 H&R Block
 Other (describe in comments)
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    Posted by clover on April 13, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Panic mode because I have to pay this year. It's not much but I don't make that much as a Paraprofessional so I am waiting until the last minute. Eeek
  • 148085
    Posted by YanBz on April 13, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Still have not done my taxes... Sad

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