Mistakes do happen. IRS Form 1040X is used to make corrections to any 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ return that has already been filed.
Returns for any tax year can be amended. If you are owed a refund, you’ll need to submit your amended return within three years after you filed the original return to get your money back from the IRS. If you’ll owe taxes, file your Form 1040X and make your payment as soon as you can. This will stop interest and penalties from adding up.
Did you make a simple math mistake? In that case, you probably don’t need to file an amended return. Those types of errors are automatically corrected by the IRS.
If you choose to mail your amended return: Create and print a PDF of your amended return, including the amended Form (1040X for the Federal) and a copy of any forms that were changed or affected. Be sure to sign your amended return, too. Simple mistakes like a forgotten signature will slow down the processing time.
Once you have printed, reviewed, and attached all necessary forms to your amended federal return, mail it to the Internal Revenue Service Center for the state that you live in. Click here to find the address for your state.
Note: Any amended state returns must be filed by mail separately.
It will take the IRS twelve weeks or so to process your federal amended return. Your state’s processing time may be shorter or longer.
There is a good chance that the changes you make to your federal return will also affect your state return. Most states calculate taxable income based on information you provide on your federal return. For this reason, you may need to amend your state income tax return, too.
Find out more about filing an amended return in your state.
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