13 Common Tax Mistakes

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You have your no. 2 pencil, a calculator and this year's W-2. Now what? That's the thought that crosses many self-preparers' minds as they get ready to tackle their taxes. Veteran CPA Steve Duben says it's a tale as old as time. "The truth of the matter is that the law is complex and not easy to understand," Duben said. "The IRS claims that the average tax return self-prepared will take an individual 21 ½ hours to complete. This includes information gathering and understanding and preparing the return." If you're willing and able to put in the time and effort to prep your own taxes this year, here are some of the most common (and unfortunately, the most common-sense) tax mistakes that filers make year in and year out. Photo Credit: Getty Images