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Last Minute Checklist For Filing Your Taxes

By Erik Folgate

So, you’re pulling an all-nighter to get your taxes done? The worst thing you can do is make a mistake that you don’t catch. Your cramming efforts will be washed away with one mistake. Here are some things to remember if you’re one of those procrastinators rushing to get your taxes filed by the end of tomorrow.

  1. Be sure to fill in your social securiity number. The IRS only identifies you by your SSN.
  2. Sign and date your return. Make sure both you and your spouse sign it if you file jointly.
  3. If you owe money, make sure you send a check or money that is made out to “United States Treasury” and NOT “IRS”
  4. Run through your deductions and credits one last time and make sure you qualify for them.
  5. Make sure you’re taking the correct amount of exemptions. Don’t forget to include yourself!

Okay, I just realized that many of these tips are for those of you that will paper file. But honestly, if you’re reading this blog right now, why would you not efile? Filing electronically is so easy and it will save you a lot of time. The best part about is that you won’t have to fight mobs of crowds at the post office. I know some of you have taxes too complicated to file online, but many software/web applications can handle many complex situations. Good luck, and don’t hurt anyone while trying to muscle your way through the post office crowds!

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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  • http://www.fairtax.org/ Farmer

    I wish we had the FairTax so we didn’t have to spend our time on this, and so that America could be on the road to a prosperous economy once again!

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