Common efile Mistakes and IRS-Rejected Tax Returns
How Do I Correct an efile IRS Tax Return Rejection?
If your efiled tax return was rejected, don't panic! In most cases a rejection is due to a simple typo or a math error. Just sign in to your tax return on efile.com and follow the instructions on how to fix the problem. Once you have corrected the error, you may efile your tax return again free of charge. You can resubmit your tax return until it is accepted by the IRS without additional charges.
Federal Return: Detailed instructions on how to correct mistakes on your efile Federal Tax Return.
State Return: Detailed instructions on how to correct mistakes on your efile State Tax Return.
If your tax return was already accepted by the IRS and you need to make changes you will have to file a tax amendment. Learn more about amending your tax return.
How Do I Correct an efile Mistake on My Online Federal or State Tax Return?
One of the benefits of filing electronically is that most simple mathematical errors will be found and corrected by the tax software. The IRS itself will often correct mathematical errors, and the service will contact you if you are missing any required information.
If YOUR RETURN HAS NOT YET BEEN SUBMITTED/ACCEPTED, or if YOUR RETURN HAS BEEN REJECTED BY THE IRS, you can still make changes. If you are a registered efile.com user, just go to www.efile.com and sign in to your account. Once you have signed in you will find detailed instructions on how to resolve any problems. Please resubmit your return; you can efile as many times as it takes until your tax return has been accepted.
ONCE YOUR RETURN HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE IRS, you must allow them time to process it before making any changes. You cannot correct a mistake on an electronically filed federal tax return once it has been accepted. Instead, you will need to file an amended return using the paper Form 1040X (PDF), Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, and attach copies of any schedules and forms that have been changed or which you previously forgot to include. Although you cannot electronically file an amendment, you can use the efile software to prepare your 1040X and print it free of charge.
You can use Form 1040X to claim credits and deductions which you forgot or were not aware of when you filed your original return. An amended tax return can be filed up to three years after the day you filed your original tax return, or two years after the day you paid the income tax (whichever applies).
Learn more about amending your tax return.
What if My Tax Return Was Rejected by the IRS after the Deadline?
If your tax return was efiled on time, but it was rejected after the tax deadline, don't worry. Your return will still be considered on time if you correct it and efile again within 5 business days. You have 10 days if you wish to print your return and mail it to the IRS.
With efile.com, you can correct your return online and efile again for free until your return is accepted by the IRS.
Common IRS Federal Income Tax efile Error Reject Codes (ERCs)
Click here and enter your Federal efile Income Tax Rejection Code and find simple detailed instructions on how to correct your IRS Income Tax Return.
Below is a list of commonly reported and easy-to-fix Federal Error Reject Codes used by the IRS.
Explanation / Solution
||Your name or your spouse's name was entered incorrectly -- check the spelling and make sure it matches the Social Security Administration's information
||Your street address was entered incorrectly -- Double check the number, the spelling, and any abbreviations used
||Your zip code was entered incorrectly -- double check it
||Your direct deposit information is invalid -- double check the routing and account numbers
||Your state abbreviation was entered incorrectly -- double check it
||You have filed as head-of-household with no qualifying dependent or relative -- change your filing status or add a qualifying person
||You may not efile with a filing status of married filing separately in a "community property" state (AZ, CA, ID, LA, NM, NV, TX, WA, and WI) -- you may change your filing status to head-of-household if you qualify, or you may print your completed tax return and physically mail it
||The child for which you are claiming the Child Tax Credit does not qualify
||You have claimed more than one type of education credit for the same student -- you may only claim one per student; if you are claiming different credits for different students, make sure you did not enter the same SSN more than once
||Your last name does not match the IRS data -- make sure you entered the correct SSN
||Your Earned Income Credit qualifying child's name does not match the IRS data -- make sure you entered the SSN correctly
||An Employer Identification Number or payer identification number was entered incorrectly -- check your W-2(s) and any W-2G's, 1099-G's, and 1099-R's
||Your spouse's name was entered incorrectly or misspelled -- verify the name and SSN
||A dependent's name was entered incorrectly or misspelled -- verify the name and SSN
||The SSN you entered for a qualifying child has already been used on someone else's tax return to claim the Earned Income Credit -- you may not claim the same SSN
||The SSN you entered for a dependent has already been used on someone else's tax return to claim exemptions -- you may not claim the same dependent
||Your SSN was also reported as your spouse's SSN -- verify both numbers
||Your SSN was also reported as your dependent's SSN -- verify both numbers
||Qualifying student's name or SSN was entered incorrectly -- verify them
||Your date of birth was entered incorrectly -- double check your entry
||Your spouse's date of birth was entered incorrectly -- double check what you entered
||Your dependent's SSN was already used on another return to claim the Credit for Dependent and Child Care Expenses -- you may not claim it for that dependent
||The student's SSN was already used on another return to claim an Education Credit -- you may not claim one for the same SSN
||Earned Income Credit qualifying child's date of birth or SSN is incorrect -- verify them
||You have incorrectly claimed the EIC in the past and so have been disallowed from claiming it in the future -- you must fill out Form 8862 to claim the EIC after a disallowance
||You have entered your PIN signature incorrectly -- make sure you entered all 5 digits correctly or get a new PIN
||Your Prior Year Adjusted Gross Income was entered incorrectly -- double check it or get a new PIN
||Your spouse's Prior Year Adjusted Gross Income was entered incorrectly -- double check it or get a new PIN
||Your Prior Year PIN was entered incorrectly -- make sure you entered all 5 digits correctly or get a new PIN
||Your spouse's Prior Year PIN was entered incorrectly -- -- make sure you entered all 5 digits correctly or get a new PIN
||The SSN you entered was used on someone else's tax return -- verify the number and make sure you have not been claimed as a spouse or a dependent on another return
||The IRS only allows the direct deposit of one refund into any one account per tax year (unless you are married filing separately), and your name must be on the account receiving the deposit -- verify the account information or choose another account
||The SSN entered for your spouse was used on someone else's tax return -- verify the number and make sure your spouse has not been claimed as a spouse or a dependent on another return
||You cannot claim the tuition and fees deduction because you have already been claimed as a dependent on someone else's return
||You cannot claim both a tuition deduction and an education credit for the same student -- choose one, and make sure you did not enter the same SSN for multiple students
|1132 or 1133
||You indicated that you received no Economic Recovery Payment in 2009, but the IRS has records that you did -- check with the SSA or the IRS
NOTE: If you receive an error code concerning incorrect data but are sure that the data you entered was indeed correct, please contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.
Find detailed descriptions of Federal efile Income Tax Error Rejection Codes and simple instructions on how to correct your Federal Income Tax Return.
A List of State Income Tax efile Error Reject Codes (ERCs)
Find a detailed solution for correcting an online State Income Tax Return efile Rejection.