Avoid These 10 Mistakes When Filing Taxes This Year

AARP BULLETIN | on Tue, Mar 28, 6:00 AM

1. Transposing numbers This is often the No. 1 mistake by filers. Tax software will catch math errors, but it won’t know that your $1,500 in interest income was accidentally inputted as $5,100, says Kay Bell, author of The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes. “Your software doesn’t know you transposed it. It’s just going to keep adding that wrong amount throughout all the process,” Bell says. The IRS likely will catch the mistake later. But if the error caused you to underpay your taxes, you could...

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