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Tax deadline looms for last-minute filers

Last-minute tax filers are urged to be careful not make mistakes before they mail their returns by tomorrow's midnight deadline.

Those who delay are more likely to make simple errors, said Carrie Resch, from the IRS office in St. Paul.

"It's typically a lot higher at the end of the season," she said.

Most of the mistakes are found in those filing paper tax returns. Nearly 20 percent of the paper tax returns filed in the last couple weeks will have errors, said Resch.

"People are in a hurry or they don't double- or triple-check," she said.

Most common mistakes are errors in math calculations, using the wrong tax table and forgetting to sign the returns.

All of those errors can be avoided if taxes are filed electronically, she said.

Other common mistakes are not writing social security numbers correctly and failing to apply for tax credits they might be eligible to receive this year if their jobs and incomes have been reduced.

Those who are unable to file their returns by tomorrow's deadline can request an extension, but they need to pay the estimated taxes due by tomorrow.

Those who are unable to pay all of their taxes by tomorrow can request an installment plan.

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Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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