Tax Return Amendment, Change

What is my filing status?

In order to make changes, corrections, or add information to an income tax return that has been filed and accepted by the IRS or State Tax Agency, you must file a tax amendment to correct your federal or state tax return. Currently, tax amendments cannot be e-Filed anywhere. You can prepare a 2019 IRS Tax Amendment on - download, print, sign, and mail it to the IRS. Find out about state tax amendments and previous tax year amendments makes it easy for you to prepare your federal amendment for the current tax year 2019 if you have e-Filed your current year federal return with us (amendment preparation is not available for previous year returns). You can prepare your amendment from your account. Tax Amendments for State Tax Returns can be completed from the respective State Page(s).

  • Generally, you must file an IRS Tax Amendment Form and/or State Amendment if you need to add more information or make corrections to an income tax return you filed or e-filed, and the IRS has accepted this return. See below when not to file an amendment.
  • If you did not eFile your current tax year tax return via you can complete, sign the form 1040X online.
  • Your state tax return may be significantly impacted by changes you make to your federal income tax return. Generally, if you amend your federal return, then you should amend your state return as well. State Tax Amendment Forms

Important eFile Tax Tip: Your submitted state tax return or state tax obligation might be affected by changes made to your federal tax return. Please contact your state tax agency for assistance.

When to File a Tax Amendment 

If you are due a refund from your current year tax return, you should wait until you receive your refund before filing your amendment if you are claiming an additional refund. The IRS can take up to 16 weeks to process amended returns. In order to claim a tax refund, a tax amendment has to be filed within 3 years you filed the original tax return (including extensions), or within 2 years of the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. After 3 years, you can no longer claim a refund, and the money goes to the government. As of 2020, the deadline for 2016 tax year tax returns that result in an increased tax refund based on a tax amendment is April 15, 2020. All prior tax years or back taxes can no longer claim tax refunds via a tax amendment.

If you owe taxes as a result of your amendment, you should file your amendment and make your tax payment as soon as possible to avoid further penalties and interest. 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 IRS books for a minimum of 10 years.

When NOT to File an Amend a Tax Return

If you did not eFile your tax return, you may have made simple math errors or forgotten to attach certain forms. The IRS will generally catch the mathematical mistakes and correct the errors while they process your original return. If the IRS wants additional information from you (i.e. a missing form or clarification on information included in the original return), they will generally send you a request via letter in the mail.

If you eFiled your return on, we will have already done the math correctly for you and made sure you had the proper forms filled out.

Tax Amendments and e-Filing

If you prepared and e-Filed your 2019 tax return on, you can sign-in and prepare your IRS Tax Amendment. For previous tax years, or back-taxes, complete Form 1040X. Your state tax amendment cannot be completed from your account. Select your State(s) click, complete, and sign the state tax amendment from. Currently, the IRS and State Tax Agencies do not allow tax amendments to be e-Filed. You will need to mail your completed, amended return to the IRS and/or state in order for it to be filed; the mailing address is listed below and is on the form.

Prepare a Tax Amendment on

1. Sign into your account and click the My Account link on upper right-hand corner of your account screen.

2. Print or download and save a copy of your ORIGINAL, filed, and IRS accepted current year return so you can refer to it when you prepare your amended return (you cannot prepare amendments for previous year returns online). You should also have this original return for your records.  Be aware that this the only record of your ORIGINAL filed return since any changes you make in your account will update the return and you will no longer be able to obtain your original return from your account. 

Important eFile Tax Tip: For record keeping purposes, make sure you store your tax return safely on your computer and as a printed hard copy.

3. Add Form 1040X by clicking Review/I'm looking for a specific form and in the search box enter 1040X and add the form there. Complete the 1040X screen using the information from your ORIGINAL return and click Save.

Important eFile Tax Tip: If you need to explain the specific changes that you made and give reasons for the changes, you can enter this in Part III - Explanation of Changes section.

4. Add or change any forms or schedules in your account that you need to correct your return.

5. Regenerate the PDF copy of your return. PRINT your changed return (Form 1040) and any additional schedules and forms you have changed. You do not need to send a copy of your original return. Be sure to SIGN the Form 1040X and MAIL all the changed forms to the IRS. The IRS does not allow amendments to be e-Filed. The IRS address you use depends on where you live and whether you are enclosing a check.

6. If you filed a state return, you will most likely need to file an amended state return as well. Click on State Taxes in your account and find the amended form for your state. If the form is not listed, you can check your state page on and see the information on how to file your state amendment. Find links to state tax agency websites here. 

If you prepared and eFiled your original tax return on, sign into your account to start preparing your tax amendment online. 

File an Amended Return If You Did NOT File on or Amend a Past Year Return

You can manually prepare the paper Form 1040X, Amended Individual Income Tax Return, sign it, and mail it to the IRS. Make sure that you check the box on the top of the form to show which Tax Year you are amending.

Form 1040X has three columns that you will need to fill out:

  • Column A: Put the amounts from your original, accepted return.
  • Column B: Include the total increase or decrease for the amounts you are changing.
  • Column C: Write the corrected amounts.

On the back of the form, you should explain what you are changing and the reasons why you are making the changes.

When you are done, print the form, sign it, and mail it to the amendment mailing address shown below. Attach any schedules or forms that have been changed to your Form 1040X (failing to do this will cause a processing delay), but you do not need to send a copy of your original return.

Complete, Sign Tax Amendment Form 1040X

Tax Amendment Process

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 "Where's My Amended Return" tool. This tool is available by calling 1-866-464-2050 or by visiting the IRS website. You can check your status online by clicking the button below:

Check Tax Amendment Status

Please be aware that the IRS "Where's my refund" online service does not keep track of amendment refunds.

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.

More than One Amendment

You can file more than one amendment 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. If you have more questions about tax amendments, please contact

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 listed below. Attach any forms or schedules which have been changed. Please refer to the following mailing addresses below if you have a specific tax situation:

Reimbursement Received As a Result of Hurricane-Related Loss

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

If none of the situations listed above apply to you, mail your return to the Internal Revenue Service Center address shown below that applies to you:

For Residents in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0052

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
Kansas City, MO 64999-0052

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



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