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Can You Amended a Tax Return?: How to Fix an Error

February 25, 2015 : Violeta Stauffer-Rodriguez – Past Contributor

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Editor’s Note: This is an update to one of our most popular posts – so you aren’t alone if you think you made a mistake on your tax return! 

Filing your taxes is one of those projects that may feel overwhelming and anxiety provoking, and when you get to the end you have to press that intimidating “file” button. Here is some information to help put you at ease if you make a mistake. For almost any kind of error, know this: it is fixable. You can file an amended tax return to correct errors and still go back three years to claim an additional refund if you missed a credit or deduction.

What is an amended tax form?

Most individual tax returns can be amended by mailing in a Form 1040X. This form amends a previously filed Form 1040, Form 1040A or 1040EZ Forms.

What kinds of changes warrant an amended return?

If there are changes in your filing status, income, credits or deductions, you will want to file an amended return. (Read more about common mistakes taxpayers make, and how to avoid them. The IRS does recommend that you wait until you have received your original refund prior to submitting an amendment.

How long do I have to amend?

There are time limitations to amending returns for past year’s returns that have already been filed, generally you have three years.

How do I file the amended tax return?

You will need to send an amended return by mail. You can access the Form 1040X on the IRS website. Check the Form 1040X Instructions to find your state’s IRS Service Center address. Or, of course, H&R Block tax professionals can help you file an amended return. Find an office close to you to get started.

When will I hear back after I file an amended tax return?

You can expect for your amendment to be processed in 8-12 weeks. You can use the IRS website to check in on your return’s status.

Rest assured, if you find an error, it can be fixed. Hopefully this post shed light on how to properly file an amended tax return!


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