Taxpayers who discover they made a mistake on their tax returns after filing can file an amended tax return to correct it. This includes things like changing the filing status, and correcting income, credits or deductions. Taxpayers should also not amend if they forgot to include a required form or schedule.
What does it mean to file an amended tax return?
- An amended return is a return filed in order to make corrections to a tax return from a previous year. An amended return can be used to correct errors and claim a more advantageous tax filing. For example, one might choose to file an amended return in instances of misreported earnings or tax credits.
Is amending a tax return bad?
Amending a return is not unusual and it doesn’t raise any red flags with the IRS. In fact, the IRS doesn’t want you to overpay or underpay your taxes because of mistakes you make on the original return you file. Whenever someone files an original or amended tax return, the same audit selection process prevails.
What happens when you amend your taxes?
You will receive any additional refund you are owed. Amending to pay additional tax. If you’re filing an amended tax return because you owe more tax, you should file Form 1040X and pay the tax as soon as possible. This will limit interest and penalty charges.
What is the penalty for filing an amended tax return?
If you don’t pay the additional tax due on Form 1040X within 21 calendar days from the date of notice and demand for payment (10 business days from that date if the amount of tax is $100,000 or more), the penalty is usually 1/2 of 1% of the unpaid amount for each month or part of a month the tax isn’t paid.
How long does it take for the IRS to accept an amended return?
How long will it take to process an amended return? A Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return can take up to 16 weeks to process once we receive it.
Does TurboTax Do amended returns?
If you used TurboTax Online, simply log in to your account and select “Amend a return that was filed and accepted.” If you used our CD/download product, sign back into your return and select “Amend a filed return.” You must file a separate Form 1040X for each tax return you are amending.
Can I amend my 2019 tax return electronically?
You can now submit the Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return electronically using available tax software products. Only tax year 2019 Forms 1040 and 1040-SR returns can be amended electronically.
Can I amend my taxes after I get my refund?
Yes, you can amend your return after you’ve received a refund. In fact, the IRS doesn’t want you to amend until you’ve already gotten your tax refund. If you owe money after amending, you’ll have to include payment with your e-filed or mailed amendment form.
Does amending a tax return trigger an audit?
Amending your return will likely not result in an audit unless there is a substantial change in your taxable income without a reasonable cause. Of course, you’re more likely to be audited if you claim the IRS owes you money, rather than the other way around.
How do I know if my amended tax return was accepted?
You can check the status of your Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return using the Where’s My Amended Return? online tool or by calling the toll-free telephone number 866-464-2050 three weeks after you file your amended return.
How do you speak to a live person at the IRS?
Contact an IRS customer service representative to correct any agency errors by calling 800-829-1040. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, unless otherwise noted (see telephone assistance for more information).