Do You Need To File An Amended Tax Return? Here’s How.
If you made an error on a tax return over the last three years, you can amend it by filing an IRS Form 1040-X.
It happens more often than you might think. Millions of individuals have to make one or more changes on a tax return they’ve already filed every year. The IRS has a special form for just that purpose, the Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. You can use this form to report corrections to your filing status, income, deductions, credits, or tax liability.
Sometimes the IRS makes changes to a return on its own. For example, the agency might discover a mathematical or other clerical error. Or you may have failed to complete a required form or schedule. When this occurs, the IRS will notify you of its modifications, but you’re not required to file a Form 1040-X.
The Form 1040-X
You can file a Form 1040-X by using tax software (only for tax years2019and 2020, and only if the original return was filed electronically) or on paper to amend Forms 1040 and 1040-SR.You can also correct Forms 1040-A, 1040-EZ, 1040-NR, and 1040-NR EZ with a Form 1040-X.
You’ll have to provide three sets of figures on the Form 1040-X.
Can I find out whether my Form 1040-X was received? Yes. You can start checking three weeks after you mailed it. Use the IRS’ online tool, Where’s My Amended Return? This service is updated daily. If you want to check the status of your return for the current tax year, go to Where’s My Refund? or use the IRS’ mobile app, IRS2Go.
Keep in mind that it can take the IRS up to 16 weeks to process an amended return after it’s been received. Don’t file a second Form 1040-X or call the IRS.
Why would it take longer than 16 weeks to process an amended return? A Form 1040-X may need to be reviewed further because it, for example:
- Hasn’t been signed.
- Isn’t completed.
- Contains errors.
- Can’t be processed without more information.
- Was affected by fraud or identity theft.
A Precise Process
It’s very important that you fill out the Form 1040-X with absolute accuracy. You don’t want to have to amend an amended return. We can help you complete this form and answer any related questions you might have. Contact us, and we’ll schedule some time
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