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Mistakes happen: Here’s when to file an amended return
Even after making every effort to file a complete and accurate tax return, mistakes can happen. When a taxpayer realizes that the tax return they filed has a math error, missing income or other mistake, they may wonder if they need to correct it by filing an amended return.
The Interactive Tax Assistant can help taxpayers decide if they need to file an amended return
Math errors and missing schedules don’t usually require an amended return
Here’s when a taxpayer does need to file an amended return
How to file an amended tax return
Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Frequently Asked Questions has more information.
Checking the status of an amended return
When using either tool, taxpayers will need to enter their taxpayer identification number, such as a Social Security number, along with their date of birth and ZIP code to prove their identity. Once authenticated, they can view the status of their amended return across three processing stages: received, adjusted and completed.
Taxpayers expecting a refund should not file an amended return before their original return has processed
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