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Tax Tip: Check Your Return Carefully Before You Send It

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's the little things that can trip you up when filling out a tax return.

"It's always best to make an early start on your tax returns," said Eric Smith of the IRS. "That's because people who wait until the last minute are much more likely to make mistakes," which can lead to delays and questions from the IRS about your return.

After filling out the forms, Smith advises that you "put the return aside for a day or two, maybe check it over with kind of a fresh perspective, and then you're in a much better position to say 'hey, you know something's missing here' or 'something's not missing, I'm ready to go.'"

Check more than just income and deductions, says Kathy Pickering of the tax firm H&R Block.

"Make sure your Social Security number is right, that your children's social security numbers are right, that your name is spelled correctly."

Doing your returns early may also be less stressful.

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