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With tax deadlines fast-approaching, many people are in a rush to gather documents and get things done. However, you want to make sure that you are doing your taxes right. Making even a small mistake could end up costing you far more than you bargained for. To make sure you don't end up paying a bunch of penalties and fees, here are a few tax mistakes you don't want to make.
Not filing on time.
Many individuals end up waiting until the very last second to file their tax return. You want to make sure your return is postmarked by the date the government has set forth. Otherwise, you could end up being hit with a bunch of penalties and fines for filing later than you should. In the event you aren't able to file your return by the April deadline, you need to file at least Form 4868 by that date. This will give you an additional six months to file your return and get your documentation in to Uncle Sam. In doing so, you can prevent being hit with late-filing penalties.
Not completing the charitable contributions section properly.
If you donate to charitable causes, you want to make sure you are deducting them properly on your return. Make sure to go through all of the different rules before deducting just everything. First, the organization that you donate to has to be qualified as tax-exempt. Anything you donate has to be in good condition to claim the deduction. Also, you have to determine what the fair market value of the items is. Stop and think about how much someone would be willing to pay for the items if you were to sell them right now. This will help you determine what to deduct. You cannot deduct what you paid for them, only what someone else would in their current state right now.
Forgetting about additional income.
Make sure you include all 1099 information on your tax return. Things like interest statements, miscellaneous income and divided statements are critical and can affect the amount of money you are going to pay in or get back. The IRS knows what you received. Not disclosing it will end up causing it to come back at you down the road. Report anything and everything you received. It is far better to be safe than it is to have something come back on you later on down the road.
By not making one of the mistakes above, you can save yourself a lot of trouble down the road when filing your taxes.
For a tax attorney, contact a law firm such as Wiesner & Frackowiak, LC.Share