How to Amend a Tax Return, Tax Amendment




In order to make changes, make corrections, or add information to an income tax return that has already been accepted by the IRS, you must file a tax amendment or amend your accepted federal or state tax return.

Should I File a Federal Tax Amendment (Amended Tax Return)?

If your federal tax return has been filed or efiled and accepted by the IRS, and you need to add more tax information to your income tax return or make any changes to that tax return, you will need to file a tax amendment or amend your tax return using Form 1040X, Amended Individual Income Tax Return.

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Should I File an Accepted State Income Tax Return?

Your state tax liability may be significantly impacted by changes made to your federal income tax return.

You can prepare amended state returns for some states on efile.com. Click on "State Taxes" on the left side of your efile.com account and find the amended form for your state. If the form is not listed, check your state's tax department website for information on how to amend your state return. The forms and instructions for completing an amended state return are avaliable from each state's tax department website. 

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Preparing and Filing Amended Tax Returns: Common FAQ's

When Should I Amend a Tax Return?

You should file an amended tax return if you need to change any changes to an already accepted tax return (e.g. your filing status, your dependent information, credits, deductions, income, etc.).

Important efile Tax Tip: Your submitted state tax return or state tax obligation might be be affected by changes made to your federal tax return. On efile.com, you can prepare an amended state return for some states. If your state is not included, please contact your state tax agency for assistance. 

When Should I Not Amend a Tax Return?

If you did not efile, you may have made simple math errors or forgotten to attach certain forms. The IRS will generally catch these mistakes and correct the errors or request additional information from you. If you efiled your return on efile.com, the online tax software will have already done the math for you correctly, and made sure you had the proper forms filled out.

Can I efile a Tax Amendment?

You can prepare a tax amendment online FOR THE MOST RECENT TAX YEAR on efile.com, regardless of where you efiled or filed your original tax return (earlier Tax Years cannot be prepared online). However, you must enter the same information that is on the original, accepted tax return. If you did not prepare and efile your original return on efile.com, we recommend working with one of our real live tax professionals. 

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How do I prepare a 1040X form on efile.com?

After you sign into your efile.com account, make sure all your current Tax Year federal information has been entered. In addition, make sure you print out your original, accepted tax return (click on "My Account" in your efile.com account and find links to all of the returns you prepared under the "My Returns" heading). That way, you can refer to it when you're preparing your tax amendment. 

On your efile.com account screen, click on -> Review (left side menu) -> scroll down to the "Add a federal form" search box -> enter "1040X" in the box and click "Add a form" next to it. 

The efile.com online tax software will generate a Form 1040X (federal tax amendment form) for you to print out, sign, and mail to the IRS (the address is on the FORM 1040X). Unfortunately, the IRS does not allow an amended return to be efiled, so you must print your completed Form 1040X and mail it to the IRS address provided on the form. Attach any schedules or forms that have been changed to your prepared 1040X form, but you do not need to send a copy of your original return.

Simply click one of the links below to start preparing your tax amendment online:

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Can I prepare a state tax amendment online?

You can prepare an amended state return for some states on efile.com. However, if your state is not listed, please contact your state tax department for information on how to amend your state return.

Can I have a tax professional or CPA help me prepare my amended return? 

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How do I prepare and file my own tax amendment on paper?

You can download Form 1040X, Amended Individual Income Tax Return, and complete the form with Adobe Reader. When you are done, just print the form, sign it, and mail it to the mailing address shown on the form. Attach any schedules or forms that have been changed, but you do not need to send a copy of your original return.

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What Is the Deadline to Amend My Return?

According to the IRS, a tax amendment has to be filed within 3 years the original tax return was due (including extensions), or within 2 years of the date you paid the tax, whichever is later.

If you owe taxes, you should file an amended return even if 3 years have passed. Refunds are forfeit after 3 years, but tax debts stay on the books for a minimum of 10 years.

How Long Will It Take for My Tax Amendment to Process? 

Once you have mailed in your federal tax amendment form 1040X it will take between 8 to 12 weeks from the IRS receipt date until the form is processed. To check the status of your amended return, call the IRS support line at 1-800-829-1040. Here's a tip for when you call: Press 1 (for English), press 0 (zero), press 0 (zero), and you should be able to talk to a live person at the IRS. The best time to reach the IRS is between 7-9 AM and 6-7 PM, Monday-Friday. 

Alternatively, you can check your amended tax return status on the IRS website by clicking the button below: 

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When Will I Get My Amended Refund?

If you are amending a return in order to get an additional tax refund, you can go ahead and cash or deposit any refund you get in the meantime. It generally takes the IRS 8-12 weeks to process an amended return, so you should wait at least 8 weeks before checking on the status of your new amended tax refund. The online "Where's my refund" service does not keep track of amendment refunds, so, after 8 weeks, you can find out more about your refund by calling the IRS customer support line at 1-800-829-1040 or checking your status online by clicking the "What is My Tax Amendment Status?" button above.

Can I Amend More than One Return at the Same Time?

Yes, but if you file two or more amended returns at the same time, you should use a different Form 1040X for each Tax Year. Make sure that you enter the correct Tax Year at the top of each 1040X. Sign each amended return and mail each one in a separate envelope.

What If I'm Amending My Tax Return Because I Owe Additional Tax?

You should pay your balance due as soon as possible to avoid further interest and penalties on unpaid taxes.

What If I Have More Questions About Tax Amendments?

Please contact efile.com.

How to Change or Amend an IRS Accepted Income Tax Return on efile.com

1. If you are expecting a tax refund, you should wait until you receive the refund before you amend your tax return. This allows for any changes or corrections the IRS may have made to your return. Please check the status of your efiled or filed federal tax return.

2. After you sign into your efile.com account, make sure you enter your Tax Year federal information from your original and accepted tax return.

If you efiled your tax return through efile.com and your return has been accepted by the IRS, please download and/or print your accepted return from your efile.com account. Sign into your efile.com account, click "My Account" (on the upper right-hand corner), and click the link for the appropriate tax return under the "My Returns" heading to download your return as a PDF. You will be able to print the return by clicking on the print button on the top menu of the PDF page. You can use the print out of your accepted return as reference when you complete your 1040X online.

For record keeping purposes, make sure you store your tax return safely on your computer and as a hard copy.

3. Click -> Review (left side menu) -> scroll down to the "Add a federal form" search box -> enter "1040X" in the box and click "Add a form" next to it. Complete this form and print and mail it in.

Important note: Currently, you can prepare a state tax amendment for some states on efile.com. Click on "State Taxes" on the left side menu and find the amended form for your state. If the form is not listed, check your state's tax department website for information on how to amend your state return.

4. If you are completing your 1040X form on paper, make sure you have a copy of your efiled/filed tax return in front of you. Then follow these instructions:

  • Retrieve/open or download the Federal Tax Amendment Form 1040X.
  • Fill in the form using your keyboard. Simply move your cursor over the field and use your keyboard to fill in the information. Make sure you have your tax return (1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) and Form 1040X in front of you.
  • In column A of Form 1040X ("Original amount"), enter the amounts from your original return.
  • In column C ("Correct amount"), enter the adjusted new amounts (the difference between columns A and C will be in column B, "Net change").
  • If you need to explain the specific changes that you made and give reasons for making these changes, you can type your explanation in a separate section (Part III, "Explanation of changes").

5. When you are finished preparing your 1040X form, PRINT, SIGN, and MAIL Form 1040X, including any schedules if necessary (postal address is listed on Form 1040X).

6. You are not quite done yet. If you efiled your return through efile.com and you are amending a return for a previous year, please make sure you sign in to your efile.com account and update or correct the original tax return to reflect the information that your entered on your amended return (you can do this by updating the different tabs of your current tax return). If you don't do this, your data for next year's return will not be up-to-date. Once you have done this, calculate the return and download and/or print a copy to keep with your tax records. Save the file as "Completed-Tax-Return-with-Amendment" or something similar.

When you sign off from your efile.com account, your tax information will be updated. Next year, your return on efile.com will show the correct amounts that you filed for the current Tax Year return. Again, remember to keep copies of the amended return and Form 1040X for your files.

Mailing Addresses for Amended Tax Returns

If you are filing Form 1040X in response to a notice you received from the IRS, mail it to the address shown on that notice. Otherwise, mail your 1040X to the address on the form. Attach any forms or schedules which have been changed.

Please refer to the following mailing addresses below if you have a specific tax situation: 

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Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0255

Mailing Amended Tax Return Along with Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215

For Residents in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301

Residents in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Fresno, CA 93888-0422

Residents in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Kansas City, MO 64999

Dual-Status Aliens, Live in a Foreign Country, Have a U.S. Possession or Territory, Use an APO or FPO Address, or File Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215 

Important: Remember to sign your amended return before you mail it!

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