No matter how hard we try, from time to time we find the need to correct a past mistake or pick up an extra deduction that we missed on the first tax filing go around. Fortunately filing an amended tax return is easier than you might think. With the help of Taxbrain, you can quickly make the changes to your existing filed return and prepare the 1040X Amended Return Tax Return. One thing to keep in mind, amended returns cannot be filed electronically and can take up to three months for the IRS to process.
If you already filed and realize you need to make a change, here are some helpful tips on where to start!
Making changes is easy with these simple steps:
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1. Use Form 1040X if you filed your tax return using one of the following Forms: 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. Along with this form, you’ll need to include:
2. Complete it by paper and mail it to the IRS address for filing Form 1040X.
3. For each year you are correcting, you’ll have to file and mail a separate amended return. Be sure to enter the year of the return you are amending at the top of Form 1040X.
4. If the changes involve another schedule or form, attach them to the amended return.
Finally, if you’re expecting a refund from a recently filed tax return, you must wait until you receive it before filing an amended return. Once you receive it, you may cash that check while waiting for any additional refund. Processing time for amended returns typically take 8-12 weeks.
If you owe additional balance, to avoid further late fees and penalties, include your payment with the 1040X Amended Return. Otherwise, contact the IRS directly to arrange a payment plan.
For complete details, see the IRS Instructions for 1040X.
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