The Top 12 Tax Return Preparation Errors

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Ed Mendlowitz, CPA and partner at Withum CPAs in New Brunswick, N.J., has survived more than 40 tax seasons and built a thriving book of business.

He knows a thing or two about how to run an office in busy season. Over the years, he has compiled this handy list of the most frequently found errors in tax return preparation:

1. Number transposition and spelling errors. This includes income and deduction amounts and client Social Security numbers, addresses and zip codes. Spelling errors should also be avoided – they indicate a lack of attention to what you are doing.