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Biggest mistakes people make at tax time

Filing your tax return can be one of the most stressful times of the year. You might have heard horror stories of others who suffered invasive tax audits or penalties & interest.

The truth is that most individuals and businesses file their tax returns without any issues or comebacks. Understanding some of the most common mistakes will increase the chance you, too, experience problem-free filing. Here are some errors to watch out for:

Misunderstanding allowable deductions

You or someone in your company may try to deduct expenses that are not legally allowed. If the IRS sees one ineligible item, they may assume there are more. You also want to make sure you use all available tax deductions. There is no point in failing to claim the deductions you are entitled to receive.

Filing late

Despite the sufficient warning everyone has for the tax deadline, many individuals and businesses leave it until the last minute. Some of them do not make it in time. Late payments will cost you money in both interest and penalties, so start early on your paperwork to be safe.

Do not be afraid to get legal help if you have questions about your individual or business tax return. It could save you a lot of problems in the long term.