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If you waited until the last day to file your income taxes, take solace: You probably have plenty of company. The 2022 tax season has been especially kind to procrastinators because the filing deadline is April 18 instead of the usual April 15, thanks to the Emancipation Holiday in the District of Columbia.
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If you are filing on the last day, it’s especially important to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips to make filing your tax returns easier.
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Filing your returns electronically rather than manually can help you cut down on mistakes, according to the IRS. Doing so also ensures that your return will be processed faster. Use electronic filing options such as IRS Free File or commercial tax software. In many cases the math will be done for you. You might also be flagged about missing information or common tax errors.
Double-Check Your Work
One of the most common mistakes taxpayers make is not putting in the right information. This can range from entering wrong names and Social Security numbers to simple math errors. Even though you might feel rushed, it’s still important to take a couple minutes to double-check your information to ensure it’s correct before submitting your return.
If your return is wrong, it will get kicked back to you and you’ll have to file it again — and maybe face a penalty.
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Gather All Your Documents
Before sitting down to do your taxes, make sure you have all the documents you need to complete the return. These include all 2021 income forms for you and your spouse, if applicable (W-2, 1099, Interest Income, etc.); IRS correspondence such as letters showing your amounts for Economic Impact Payments or Advance Child Tax Credit payments you received in 2021; and documents detailing deductible expenses such as mortgage interest, home repairs, home insurance, and the like.
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Claim Your Child Tax Credits
You might be eligible for child tax credits of $3,000 to $3,600 per child for the 2021 tax year. Many taxpayers received half of their available credits as advance CTC payments between July and December. You can claim the remaining half using …….