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The 1 Tax Mistake You Must Not Make

No one wants to get audited on their taxes. But making some mistakes can almost guarantee that your tax return will get extra attention from the IRS.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, talks about the one thing you need to be sure you do on your taxes: match up the figures on your return to those that get reported directly to the IRS. Dan notes that everything from wage income on W-2s to investment and other income on 1099s goes directly into IRS computers, and if your return fails to match up with those records, it can raise a red flag that could cost you money in interest and penalties. He also recommends checking tax withholding and other figures to ensure you don't slip up with math errors that could get you audited.

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Dan Caplinger
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Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on Fool.com. With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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