We're exactly one month away from the deadline to file taxes, and this year the IRS is making sure people who are filing, especially those who claim dependents, aren't trying to fool the system.
“If they are claiming dependents, make sure that they have proof that those dependents are related to them or that they authorized to claim those dependents by court, they have custody, that those dependents lived with them for at least 6 months out of the year and they provided more than half of their care,” said Mayerlyn Cordero, owner of MJ & Associates in Allentown.
All those requirements have to met in order to file for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
The amount of the credit varies depending on level of income and number of dependents.
"The EIC is the one that pays the most, that's why the IRS is making sure we use due diligence to make sure a tax payer is eligible to claim that credit," said Cordero.
Even though those same requirements had to be met before now tax preparers face a fine if the checklist isn't met.
There's also the delay.
Since the IRS began processing returns 15 days late this year some tax payers were made to wait before getting certain credits.
"Delays with residential energy credits, business tax credits, depreciation, people that claim those credits, there was a delay," she said.
However just because the fed was 15 days late doesn't mean you can be too, if you want to avoid any penalties you'll want to file by April 15th.
If you are getting your taxes done by someone else make sure they're registered with the IRS and have a Preparer Tax ID number.