Here are some last-minute tax-filing tips

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The April 15 deadline is less than a week away

Millions of taxpayers – especially those not receiving a refund – wait until the last minute to file their federal income tax return. But the last-minute rush can often result in mistakes.

The IRS says using IRS efile to file electronically is a good way to save time and ensure accuracy. It’s available to all taxpayers, regardless of income.

Here are some other last-minute tips from the IRS:

  • Check the identification numbers: Specifically, this means checking the accuracy of Social Security numbers for each person listed on the return. This includes you, your spouse, dependents and persons listed in relation to claims for the Child and Dependent Care Credit or Earned Income Tax Credit. Missing, incorrect or illegible Social Security numbers can delay or reduce a tax refund. 

  • Double-check your figures: If you are filing a paper return, double-check that you have correctly figured the refund or balance due. 

  • Consult the tax tables: If you e-file, the software will do this for you. If you are using Free File Fillable Forms or a paper return, double-check that you used the right figure from the tax table for your filing status. 

  • Don’t forget to sign your form: You must sign and date it. If you’re filing a joint return, both you and your spouse must sign it, even if only one of you had income. A paid tax preparer must also sign.

  • Use the correct IRS address: If you are mailing a return, find the correct mailing address at www.irs.gov. 

  • Pay electronically: Electronic payment options are convenient, safe and secure methods for paying taxes. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal or use a credit or a debit card.

Read the instructions

Make sure you carefully follow instructions when mailing a payment. If you are sending a check, make it payable to the United States Treasury and should enclose it with, but not attach it to, the tax return or the Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher, if used. 

The IRS would also like you to print the Social Security number of the person listed first on the return, daytime phone number, the tax year and the type of form filed.

If you don’t think you can get everything done by April 15, you can request an extension. If you think you will owe taxes, make sure you send a payment when you file the request for an extension.

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