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Procrastination could cause tax return errors

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 4, 2013 3:58 AM
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(Camp Hill) -- The filing deadline for income taxes is a little over a week away, but some experts say waiting to submit a return could be costly.

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association says scrambling to meet a last-minute deadline may increase the chance of errors on tax returns.

Camp Hill-based psychologist Doctor Pauline Wallin says certain strategies can motivate taxpayers.

"Set yourself a deadline, your own deadline, well before taxes, and reward yourself for completing it ahead of time," Wallin recommends. "Notice how much relief you feel, so much more relief, from actually doing the tax, than promising you'll do it."

Wallin says taking just 15 minutes to work on returns will likely help break any anxiety tax preparers are feeling.

Last-minute filing causes other concerns, as well.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a 6 percent increase in traffic deaths on the Apirl 15 tax day.

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