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Form 1040-X, 1040X Tax Amendment

Tax Year 2020 income tax returns are due on April 15, 2021, however they can be e-Filed until October 15, 2021, here on eFile.com. During that time, you can also prepare a 2020 Tax Amendment, and soon you will also be able to e-File the Form 1040-X. Until then, you can complete the form on eFile.com but can only mail it in. See the additional options below, e.g. previous tax years, state taxes, Form 1040-X, etc. for tax amendment instructions. See instructions for state tax amendments.

Select from one of the following 2020 and previous year tax amendment instructions options

Tax Amendment for eFile.com Only Taxpayers

This assumes that you have prepared and eFiled an IRS accepted 2020 Tax Return. Instruction on how to prepare a 2020 Tax Amendment only if you eFiled a 2020 Tax Return via eFile.com. For all other tax years, please visit this back taxes page.

Tax Amendment Instructions for Non eFile.com Users

If you prepared your 2020 IRS Tax Return on a different site other than eFile.com, (H&R Block® or TurboTax®, etc.) you can still prepare your 2020 tax amendment here on eFile.com by following these step-by-step instructions:

  • Have a copy of your completed 2020 tax return in hand as it was accepted by the IRS. You should be able to download this PDF file from the site where you filed your 2020 return.
  • Create a free eFile.com account.
  • Enter your 2020 IRS Tax Return data on the eFile.com tax app. Do not attempt to e-File this return as it would be rejected. When done, compare the 2020 Tax Return results as shown by the 2020 Tax Return PDF file in "My Account" on eFile.com with the 2020 Tax Return PDF file you filed. Important: The 2020 Tax Return results have to be 100% identical in order to file a 2020 IRS Tax Amendment.
  • More detailed Form 1040-X instructions.
  • Once you have verified the identity of both PDF files, follow the steps as listed under STEP 1 on the amendment preparation page.

Tax Amendment Instructions for Previous Tax Years

You can load and complete Form 1040-X by visiting this searchable page of tax forms. On that page, search for the 1040-X and click on the Tax Amendment Link to open the document.

Regardless of where you filed the tax year in question, the instructions for the amendment are the same for all tax payers:

  • Have a copy of your tax return for the tax year in question at hand as it was accepted by the IRS. You should be able to download this PDF file from the site where you filed your tax return for the tax year in question.
  • Load the Form 1040-X into the eFile.com PDF Editor. You can either complete, sign and download the form or download the form and complete it offline.
  • Load the tax year forms for the tax year in questions here and correct the respective form or schedule.
  • When done, compare the new updated or changed tax forms with the associated forms and schedules of the associated tax year as filed with the IRS. Important: You must have the exact same copy of the tax return you are now amending as it is on file with the IRS in order to get the IRS Tax Amendment accepted.
  • State tax amendment instructions by state. Select the state and follow the instructions.
  • Additional PDF based detailed instructions for Tax Amendment Form 1040-X.

Mailing Addresses for IRS Tax Return Amendments

If you are amending IRS tax form 1040 (for form 1040-NR see below) by 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 listed below for any tax year you are amending. If you are amending Form 1040 for any given tax year, attach all the 1040 forms or schedules etc. which have been changed as well as your Form 1040-X Tax Amendment to the Internal Revenue Service Center address shown below that applies to you. Find state amendment addresses here.

All other regular IRS tax return mailing addresses are linked here and not be confused with these tax amendment addresses below as of February 12, 2021:

Your Address, Form Type
Mailing Address
  • If you reside abroad, foreign address.
  • If you reside in a US possession or territory: American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or the Northern Mariana Islands review Publication 570).
  • Have an APO or FPO address.
  • File Form 2555, 2555-EZ, or 4563.
  • You are or were a dual-status alien.
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215

Private Delivery Service Address:
Austin - Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center
3651 S IH35
Austin TX 78741
Tax Amendment in response to an IRS notice regarding: Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215

Private Delivery Service Address:
Austin - Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center
3651 S IH35
Austin TX 78741

If none of the above applies to you,
use the addresses below and mail in your federal tax amendment form 1040-X
and associated documents e.g. Form 1040 etc.
Details about State Tax Amendments.

Your Resident State
Mailing Address
Alaska, California, Hawaii
Until June 18, 2021: Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888-0422
Starting June 19, 2021: Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Ogden, UT 84201-0052

Private Delivery Service Address:
Ogden - Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center
1973 Rulon White Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84201
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888-0422

Private Delivery Service Address:
Fresno - Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center
5045 East Butler Avenue
Fresno, CA 93727
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington Wyoming
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Ogden, UT 84201-0052

Private Delivery Service Address:
Ogden - Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center
1973 Rulon White Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84201
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Kansas City, MO 64999-0052

Private Delivery Service Address:
Kansas City - Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center
333 W. Pershing
Kansas City, MO 64108

Your IRS Tax Amendment Status

Once you have mailed in your federal tax amendment Form 1040X, it will take up to 16 weeks from the IRS receipt date until the form is processed. You can check the status of your amended return on the IRS Amended Return Status tool by clicking the button below and clicking on What Is Your Federal Tax Return Amendment Status?. You can also call 1-866-464-2050.

Check Your IRS Tax Amendment Status

 

Note: The IRS "Where's My Refund" online service does not keep track of amendment refunds.

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. However, do not file your amended return until after you receive the refund. It generally takes the IRS 16 weeks to process an amended return, so you should wait at least 10 weeks before checking on the status of your new amended tax refund. Once your amended return has been processed, you will receive any additional refund you are owed.

If it has been over 12 weeks and you still have not received your amended refund check, you can find more information about your refund by calling the IRS customer 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.

Refund From Amendment

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. However, do not file your amended return until after you receive the refund. It generally takes the IRS 16 weeks to process an amended return, so you should wait at least 10 weeks before checking on the status of your new amended tax refund. Once your amended return has been processed, you will receive any additional refund you are owed.

If it has been over 12 weeks and you still have not received your amended refund check, you can find more information about your refund by calling the IRS customer 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.

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