The deadline is looming for filing 2011 tax returns and the IRS says people should take their time completing them.
IRS Spokesman Michael Define says the most common errors on tax returns are incorrect or missing social security number, incorrect spelling of the name, math errors, and no signature. About 80 percent of returns are e-filed, so the software does the math.
But Devine says anyone preparing a paper return should review arithmetic for accuracy. And, if arried, both spouses must sign a joint return. Because, Devine says, “an un-signed tax return is like and un-signed check. It’s invalid.”