Form 1040-X, 1040X Tax Amendment

Until October 15, 2020, you can prepare a Tax Amendment for Tax Year 2019 on eFile.com. See the additional options below e.g. previous tax years, state taxes, Form 1040-X etc. for tax amendment instructions.

Select from one of the following 2019 and previous year tax amendment instructions options:

Before you start your Tax Amendment, answer this question: Did you prepare and eFile a Simple, Stimulus, or Non-Filer Return in order to receive your Stimulus Payment from the IRS OR did you prepare and eFile a Full or Regular 2019 Tax Return in 2020? Only if you are certain that you prepared and eFiled a Full or Regular tax return on eFile.com, you can go to STEP 1 below to get started on your 2019 IRS Tax Amendment.

If you are not certain what you prepared and eFiled on eFile.com, read this notice: 

Notice for Simple, Stimulus, or Non-Filer Tax Returns

Remove Stimulus Return

Sign into your eFile.com account and on the left side menu click Name & Address. If you see the green Remove stimulus return button, you know you have filed a Stimulus, Simple, or Non-Filer Tax Return. Then, click the green Remove stimulus return button and click the green Save button at the bottom of the Name & Address screen. Once you have done this, you will be able to continue to prepare your Tax Amendment using the steps below - skip sign in as you have done so already and click on My Account.

STEP 1. Sign into your eFile.com account and click the My Account link on the upper right-hand corner of your account screen. There, you will see up to 3 years of completed and eFiled Tax Returns. Click on 2019 Tax Year Download PDF and download the 2019 Tax Return to your device. Important: If you made any changes to your 2019 return in your eFile.com account after it was e-Filed and accepted by the IRS, you CANNOT use this return for your tax amendment, unless you can revert any changes in your eFile.com account to the original state as your 2019 IRS Tax Return was accepted by the IRS.

Only if you are 100% certain that the 2019 PDF file you have in your account or your device is indeed your 2019 IRS Accepted Tax Return should you continue with the tax amendment process. In other words, your 2019 IRS Accepted Tax Return you have in your hands now must match what the IRS has on file as your 2019 IRS Accepted Tax Return. 

STEP 2. Add Form Page 1040X in the eFile.com app by clicking Federal Taxes on the left side menu and then Review. Then click the I'd like to see all federal forms link and in the federal form search box, enter 1040X and click "Add Form" next to the 1040X form. Complete the 1040X form using the information from your 2019 IRS Accepted Tax Return as shown on the left side in the image below.

Here are the line items from the Form 1040X in your account and how they map to your 2019 IRS Accepted Tax Return - the instructions or line items in orange on the right can be found on your 2019 IRS Accepted Tax Return mentioned under STEP 1 above. Simply enter the exact same amounts as found on your PDF file into the fields on your Form Page 1040X below on the left. DO NOT enter the changed or amendment values here!

1040X Form Page on eFile.com

Enter Amounts from Original Return
Click image above to enlarge - eFile Tax App 1040X Form Page

Value Mapping: 1040X Form Page with your 2019 Tax Return Form 1040

For your reference, below is a repeat value mapping as shown in the image or screen view as shown above.

1040X Form Page
Your 2019 IRS Accepted Tax Return
Adjusted gross income
Form 1040, Line 8b
Itemized or standard deduction
Form 1040, Line 9
Qualified business income deduction
Form 1040, Line 10
Tax
Form 1040, Line 12a
Credits
Form 1040, Line 13b
Other taxes
Form 1040, Line 15
Federal income tax withheld
Form 1040, Line 17
Estimated tax paid
Schedule C, Line 8
Earned income credit
Form 1040, Line 18a
Refundable credit
Form 1040, Line 18e
Amount paid with original return or 4868
Form 1040, Line 19
Overpayment
Form 1040, Line 20

Part I - Exemptions as seen on the 1040X eFile.com Form Page

The entries on the right in orange are as seen on your 2019 IRS accepted tax return.

Amendment Dependents
Click image above to enlarge - eFile Tax App 1040X Page

Enter the exact same number of Dependents here as you did on your 2019 IRS Accepted Tax Return Form 1040.

Amounts and information for AMENDED return

Provide any information in this section that are applicable to you, and were included in your 2019 IRS Accepted Tax Return.

Part II - Presidential Election Campaign Fund on the eFile.com 1040X Form Page

Presidential Election Campaign Fund
Click image above to enlarge - eFile Tax App 1040X Page

Check any of these if you wish to change it from your 2019 IRS Accepted Tax Return.

Part III - Explanation of Changes on the eFile.com 1040X Form Page

Amendment Explanation
Click image to enlarge - eFile Tax App 1040X Page

Explain the specific changes why you are amending your 2019 Tax Return (e.g. what has changed) and give reasons for the changes.

Leave blank any information on the 1040X Form with either no entry on the 1040 Form or you don't want to change.

Click Save the form in your eFile.com 1040X Form Page.

STEP 3. Add, change, or delete any forms or schedules in your account that you need to correct your return.

STEP 4. When you have competed your changes, click File on the left menu and then click on the Free Return Preview button. This will update all the forms and schedules in your current 2019 Tax Year Tax Return PDF file as well as the 1040-X form under My Account. From My Account, click on 2019 Tax Year Download PDF and download the 2019 Tax Return again to your device. This now has the updated forms including the 1040-X form as PDF.

STEP 5. After Step 4, print the changed forms - only the forms that changed compared to the previously 2019 Accepted IRS Tax return - and the new 1040-X form. Be sure to SIGN the Form 1040-X. The IRS does not allow amendments to be e-Filed anywhere. The mailing address for the Form 1040-X and the changed forms are here: IRS address tax amendment mailing address. It is based on your tax return address and whether you are are enclosing a tax payment check with your tax amendment or not. .

STEP 6. Tip: Include a letter with your tax amendment and explain why you are mailing in this tax amendment to the IRS. It should help the IRS agent to better understand your changes or amendment.

Important: If you also e-Filed your state return(s) via eFile.com, you will most likely need to file an amendment for the state return(s) as well. Some states use the same form for the original return and tax amendment. After you sign into your eFile.com account, on the left side, click on State Taxes and then on the right side click the link "I'd like to see all my state forms" and search for the form for your state(s) that allows you to check off a box reporting that it is an amended return. If your state has their own amendment form, you can check your state page on eFile.com and see the information on how to file your state amendment. Find links to state tax agency websites here.

Detailed instructions on how to prepare and where to mail tax amendment Form 1040-X.

Start your tax amendment now: Sign into your eFile.com account.

Tax Amendment Instructions for Non eFile.com Users

If you prepared your 2019 IRS Tax Return on a different site other than eFile.com e.g. H&R Block® or TurboTax®  etc. you can still prepare your 2019 tax amendment here on eFile.com by following these step by step instructions:

  • Have a copy of your completed 2019 tax return 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 2019 tax return.
  • Create a free eFile.com account.
  • Enter your 2019 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 2019 Tax Return results as show by the 2019 Tax Return PDF file in "My Account" on eFile.com with the 2019 Tax Return PDF file you filed. Important: The 2019 Tax Return results have to be 100% identical in order to file a 2019 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 above.

Tax Amendment Instructions for Previous Tax Years

Regardless, where you filed the tax year in question and you need now to file a tax amendments, the instructions 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 assoicated 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 amendent 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 amendent addresses below:

Your Resident State
Mailing Address
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0052
Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888-0422
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Ogden, UT 84201-0052
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, West Virginia
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Kansas City, MO 64999-0052
A foreign country, U.S. possession or territory*; or use an APO or FPO address, or file Form 2555, 2555-EZ, or 4563; or are a dual-status alien
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215
Form 1040-NR or 1040NR-EZ Situation*
Mailing Address
Tax Amendment Address for Form 1040-NR or 1040NR-EZ only
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215

* You cannot prepare a Form 1040-NR or 1040-NR-EZ return or amendment on eFile.com. The address is provided above to mail your 1040-NR forms.

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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