Filing your own expat return can be confusing and stressful which can lead to making mistakes. Here are some of the more common to avoid…
- The name on file with the Social Security administration does not match the name on the tax return. Please sure to check all spellings, all numbers inputed and be sure if your name has changed, that you are using the correct one associated with your Social Security number.
- Are you using the correct filing status? Single, head of household, married, married filing separately and qualifying widower all have specific meanings and requirements. Be sure that you investigate your correct status before filing, as each one has a tremendous effect on the outcome of your return.
- Check and double check the math!
- If you are doing direct deposit, make sure your routing and account numbers are correct so that the money goes to the right person and the correct account.
- Don’t forget to sign …a “wet” signature is required for all paper filed returns.
Correct returns make for happy taxpayers and a much happier IRS.