(CBSMoneyWatch) As the United States tax code clocks in at 18,500, pages, it’s easy to see how taxpayers can make a mistake or two when filing federal income tax forms. And with over 97,000 full-time employees, you can bet it’s not going to go unnoticed.
Here are some of the guiltiest repeat offenders — steer clear of them and you’ll get your refund faster and can avoid having your IRS agent over for a cup of tea.
1. Sign on the dotted line.
Probably the easiest part of preparing your taxes is signing your John Hancock, but it’s still one of the most common mistakes year after year. The IRS will not accept your return if you fail to sign and date your income tax form. It delays the process and your refund. Remember also that when filing jointly, both spousesmust sign.