Rivero Realtors News February 2024
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Here Are Eight of the Most Common Tax Filing Mistakes
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As tax season nears, beware of easily overlooked filing mistakes. Hereís a quick list of eight common errors to help you avoid them.

■ Missing Information or Typos: Double-check every detail on your tax return. Something as simple as a forgotten W-2 form or a small error can lead to bigger problems, like miscalculations and even audits. Take the time for a thorough review to ensure everythingís accurate and accounted for.

■ Mismatched Social Security Numbers: Ensure that the Social Security numbers you provide align with official documents. Mismatched or incorrect numbers can cause delays in processing your return and, in some cases, result in penalties. Itís a small but crucial detail to get right.

■ Choosing the Wrong Filing Status: Donít overlook the importance of selecting the right filing status. Whether youíre single, married, or head of household, picking the correct status is vital for determining your tax rates and deductions. Take a moment to evaluate your situation accurately.

■ Overlooking Deductions and Credits: Many folks miss out on valuable deductions and credits simply because theyíre not aware of them. Deductions for things like education expenses and energy-efficient home improvements can add up. Stay informed about potential tax breaks that apply to your circumstances.

■ Neglecting to Report Additional Income: With the rise of side gigs and freelance work, itís easy to forget to report all your income. Whether itís money from a side job, rental properties, or investments, accurate reporting is essential to avoid penalties and interest charges. Keep detailed records of all your earnings throughout the year.

■ Not Understanding Tax Law Changes: Tax laws can change, and not keeping up with the updates may lead to unintended mistakes. Regularly check reliable sources or consult with tax professionals to understand any recent changes that might affect your return.

■ Ignoring Electronic Filing Security Measures: As more people turn to electronic filing, itís vital to prioritize the security of your sensitive information. Use secure internet connections, update your software regularly, and avoid sharing personal details on unsecured platforms to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud.

■ Procrastinating: Waiting until the last minute to file your taxes can lead to rushed decisions and oversights. Starting early gives you the time to gather necessary documents, review your finances thoroughly, and seek professional advice if needed.

Debbi & Rich Rivero  -  (443) 386-1306 Rivero Realtors News  -  February 2024 

Debbi & Rich Rivero, Re/Max Advantage, 6021 University Blvd. #100, Ellicott City MD 21043
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