IRS's Top Tax Mistakes of 2012
The Internal Revenue Service's list of the most common errors it sees from taxpayers and paid preparers on tax returns is a sobering reminder that nobody is perfect. Here's what the IRS had to do to fix the most prevalent mistakes.
Social Security Benefits
The IRS needed to change the amount of taxable Social Security benefits because there was an error in the taxable amount.
Capital Gains Tax Rates on Dividends
The IRS had to change the amount of tax because the tax rates on qualified dividends and capital gains are generally lower than the standard rates.
The amount of tax entered was incorrect based on the taxable income and filing status.
The IRS needed to change the amount of total income because there was an error in the computation.
The IRS needed to change the adjusted gross income section because the entry for one half of self-employment tax was missing or incorrect.
Wrong Age to Claim the EITC
The IRS didn't allow the amount claimed as Earned Income Tax Credit because the taxpayer or spouse must be at least 25, but less than 65 years old, on December 31st of the tax year for which the tax return is being filed.
Incorrect Amount on Business Income or Loss
The IRS had to change the amount of business income or loss because there was an error on Schedule C/C-EZ.
Repayment Installment for First-Time Homebuyer Credit
The IRS has needed to calculate the amount of the repayment installment for the First-Time Homebuyer Credit that is due and added it to the total tax.
Health Savings Account Deduction
The IRS had to change the amount of the health savings account deduction because there was an error on Form 8889.
Too Many Dependents
The IRS didn't allow one or more of the claimed exemptions because for one or more dependents, the SSN or ITIN was missing.
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