Most Common Mistakes on Tax Returns

If you have not yet filed your tax return, you should be aware of some common mistakes that the IRS says occurs on tax returns. These simple mistakes could delay the processing of your return or delay your expected refund. The IRS lists the following as the most common mistakes:

  • Choosing the wrong filing status
  • Failing to include or using incorrect Social Security numbers
  • Failing to use the correct form or schedules
  • Failing to sign and date the return
  • Claiming ineligible dependents
  • Failing to file for the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Improperly claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Failing to pay and report domestic payroll taxes
  • Failing to report income because it was not included on a Form W-2, Form 1099, or some other information return
  • Treating employees as independent contractors
  • Failing to file a return when due a refund
  • Failing to check liability for the alternative minimum tax

The IRS calls this list their “dirty dozen.” You can find more about common mistakes made on tax returns by visiting the IRS’s web site at


About benefitsboard

Art Rhodes is the President and CEO of the Church of God Benefits Board, Inc. - the administrator of the Ministers' Retirement Plan and the Church Loan Fund, Inc. The corporate offices of the Benefits Board are in Cleveland, TN.
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