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Rejection Codes For IRS, State Returns

IRS tax return rejection codes

If your e-filed a 2019 or 2020 Tax Return was rejected by the IRS and/or the state tax agency - eFile.com (or any online tax site) does not reject tax returns -  please don't panic over this rejection. Usually, it requires a simple correction of a birth date, a Social Security Number, or a PIN or AGI number. Make the correction and re-eFile at no extra charge. There are cases that will require you to PRINT and MAIL your tax return (click the "Details, Instructions" links below for more information). 

Please don't think that if you prepared and eFiled your tax return on a different site and entered the exact same information, you would not get an IRS or State tax return rejection or error code. The IRS rejects tax returns not eFile.com. Our eFile.com Taxperts are here to guide you through correcting and re-filing your return.

Below is a list of the most frequent IRS rejection codes with instructions on how to make the correction.

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There you will find detailed instructions on how to correct your eFile.com tax return and re-efile at no additional charge. These correction instructions are only for eFile.com tax returns not for H&R Block® and/or TurboTax® filed returns.

IRS or State Rejection Code Instructions

If a IRS or State rejection code is not listed above, search for IRS or Federal and State tax return rejection codes.

For personal assistance with your tax return  or contact eFile.com support via your Personal Support Page.

Why You Should Correct and E-file Your Tax Return

One of the benefits of filing electronically is that most simple mathematical errors will be found and corrected by eFile.com. The IRS itself will also often correct mathematical errors, and they will contact you if you are missing any required information.

If your return has not been submitted and accepted yet, you can still make changes and efile your tax return to the IRS so they can accept it. If you are a registered eFile.com user, just sign into your eFile.com account, click "Review" on the left side of your account screen, and click the "Show the forms I've completed" link to see and edit any forms you've completed. Then, click "File" on the left and follow the on-screen prompts to efile your return.

If you efiled your return on time, but it was rejected after the tax deadline, your return will generally still be considered on time if you correct it and efile again within 5 business days. If you decide to print your return and mail it to the IRS, you have 10 days to do this in order for the return to be considered on time.