Tax Return Amendment, Change

An IRS tax amendment for Tax Year 2019 can be prepared on eFile.com. Detailed Instructions.

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. If you have prepared and eFiled a 2019 Tax Return via eFile.com, click on the instructions for how to prepare and file a 2019 IRS Tax Amendment on eFile.com. If you did not use eFile.com, use the Form 1040X below, complete it and mail it to the IRS. Find out about state tax amendments and previous tax year amendments

eFile.com 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 eFile.com 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 eFile.com 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 July 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 eFile.com, 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 eFile.com, 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 eFile.com account. Select your State(s) click, complete, and follow the instructions for the selected state(s). If you are amending IRS tax form 1040 or form 1040-NR  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 1040-X to the appropriate address listed here.

Important: 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.

Select from one of these options for instructions:

More than One Amendment

You can file more than one amendment but if you file two or more amendments 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 eFile.com.

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 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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