Summer is winding down and the filing deadline for people who requested an extension is quickly approaching. Everyone who still needs to file a 2021 tax return should do so as soon as possible.
Don’t wait until the deadline to electronically file a complete - and accurate - return.
Extension filers have until Oct. 17 to file but filing electronically helps reduce processing time and correct errors. Mistakes on a tax return can also lead to longer processing time or cause the return to be rejected.
Filing electronically can help taxpayers avoid many mistakes. Tax software does the math, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. It can also help eligible taxpayers claim overlooked credits and deductions.
Here are some of the most common errors taxpayers should avoid:
Taxpayers who file electronically and choose direct deposit get their refund faster. IRS Free File offers online tax preparation, direct deposit of refunds, and electronic filing—all for free to qualified individuals. Some options are available in Spanish. Many taxpayers also qualify for free tax return preparation from IRS-certified volunteers.