Wrong name

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Apparently many taxpayers can't spell their names correctly. The IRS says putting the wrong name on a tax form is one of the most common tax errors.

This mistake also comes up a lot after a person has changed their name -- after getting married or for other reasons -- and the name they write down on a return doesn't match the name in the IRS's system.

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To avoid this, make sure you've changed your name with all the relevant authorities, like the Social Security Administration, before filing your taxes, says Kathy Pickering, executive director of The Tax Institute at H&R Block.

First published April 8, 2014: 6:31 PM ET

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