The Internal Revenue Service is alerting taxpayers about common mistakes made by individuals while preparing their federal income tax returns.

Among those mistakes are a number of perennial problem-areas, including a taxpayer failing to:

  • Include, or using an incorrect, Social Security number for themselves or a dependent;
    Use the correct forms and schedules;
  • Sign and date the return;
  • File for the Earned Income Credit, or improperly claiming the credit;
  • Report and pay domestic payroll taxes;
  • Report income because it was not included on a Form W-2, Form 1099, or other information return;
  • File a return when due a refund;
  • Check liability for the alternative minimum tax;
  • Request the federal telephone excise tax;
  • Accurately use or compute the Schedule D Tax Worksheet or Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet; and,
  • Enter the correct amount of taxable Social Security benefits.

Other common mistakes are taxpayers choosing the wrong filing status, claiming ineligible dependents, treating employees as independent contractors and mailing a return to the wrong address.Additional taxpayer resources, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found at www.irs.gov. Taxpayers can learn more about common mistakes and find an error checklist on page 64 of the instructions to this year’s Form 1040 return.

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