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Punctuation matters.

Sometimes, punctuation--or lack thereof--can foil an e-fling effort.

At the 2004 IRS Liaison Meeting in November, John DiCarlo, CPA, of Long Beach, said that a missing hyphen in a client's federal identification number caused rejection of an e-filed return.

And Redwood City CPA Michael O'Connor said that when he e-filed his own 2003 tax statement, the IRS website bounced it several times. Apparently, the system would not accept the apostrophe in his name. He noted that he always had included the apostrophe on paper returns in previous years.

IRS employees never enter apostrophes in names when transcribing paper returns, according to Ted Meyer, compliance program manager for the IRS Small Business, Self-Employed Division.
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Title Annotation:E - FILE TIPS
Publication:California CPA
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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