Amended tax return

Amended Tax Return

If you have mailed your tax return to the IRS or the IRS has accepted your e-filed tax return, then the only way to make changes to your tax return is to file an amended return, Form 1040X. If you prepared your original return with us, you can sign in to your account and choose the option to amend/correct your return. Go to the Check Status/Print Tax Return screen and go to the Amended/Corrected Return paragraph to start your amended return. Or use the menu bar across the top of the screen to click the Account tab and the Amend/Change Tax Return link. You will then be walked through the amended return process.

The IRS does not allow you to e-file an amended return, so your only option is going to be to prepare, print, and mail the amended return.

If you did not file your original return through our website, you can go to the IRS website (www.irs.gov) and download Form 1040X to manually prepare an amended return. Or you can prepare your amended return through our website by entering your tax information again. When you reach the Filing Method screen, choose "No" to the question that asks if you want to e-file your return. Once you reach the Check Status/Print Tax Return screen be sure that your federal return entered on our website matches your original return that you e-filed or mailed. Then you can select the option to amend your return.

We recommend that you do not amend your tax return until after you have received your refund or paid the taxes you owe from your original return you filed. The IRS will often automatically make a correction to your tax return for missing or incorrect W-2 (W2) or 1099 forms. You do not need to amend your federal tax return if the IRS corrects the error on your tax return when they process your original tax return. You will receive an IRS notice explaining the adjustment or asking for additional forms for documentation.

How can I make changes to my tax return after I have e-filed it?

Once you e-file your return, you need to wait and see if the IRS accepts or rejects the e-filed return. If the IRS rejects the e-filed return, you can go back into your account and make any changes you want before you e-file your tax return again.

If the IRS accepts your tax return, then you will need to do an amended tax return to make changes to your original tax return. Sign in to your account and go to the paragraph that talks about amended/corrected tax returns on the View Return Status and Print Your Copy screen. You will be able to start an amended tax return from there. We'll help you prepare your federal amended tax return and also your state amended return(s) if you filed your original state tax return(s) with us.

If you e-filed one or more state returns along with the federal return, each return needs to be accepted before amending.

Can I e-file an amended return, Form 1040X?

No, the Form 1040X has to be mailed to the IRS. The IRS does not allow the Form 1040X to be e-filed. Sign in to your account and choose the amended/corrected tax return option and we'll help you prepare your amended tax return.

We recommend that you do not amend your tax return until after you have received your refund or paid the taxes you owe from your original return you filed. The IRS will often automatically make a correction to your tax return for missing or incorrect W-2 (W2) or 1099 forms. You do not need to amend your federal tax return if the IRS corrects the error when they process your original tax return. You will receive an IRS notice explaining the adjustment or asking for additional forms for documentation.

I e-filed my return and it was accepted by the IRS, but I received a new W-2 (W2). How do I change my tax return?

In order to change your return after the IRS has already accepted the return, you will need to do an amended return, Form 1040X. Sign in to your account and go to the amended/corrected tax return paragraph on the View Return Status and Print Copy screen. You will be able to start an amended tax return from that paragraph. We'll help you to prepare your Form 1040X amended tax return.

We recommend that you do not amend your tax return until after you have received your refund or paid the taxes you owe from your original return you filed. The IRS will often automatically make a correction to your tax return for missing or incorrect W-2 (W2) or 1099 forms. You do not need to amend your federal tax return if the IRS corrects the error when they process your original tax return. You will receive an IRS notice explaining the adjustment or asking for additional forms for documentation.

I made a mistake on my tax return, how do I correct the return?

If you have not e-filed or mailed the tax return yet, you can sign in to your account and make any changes you need.

If the IRS accepts your tax return, then you will need to do an amended tax return to make changes to your original tax return. Sign in to your account and go to the paragraph that talks about amended/corrected tax returns on the View Return Status and Print Your Copy screen. You will be able to start an amended tax return from that paragraph. We'll help you prepare your federal amended tax return and also your state amended return(s) if you filed your original state tax return(s) with us.

If the IRS has rejected your return, we'll display the reason for the rejection and a suggestion for fixing it.

I made an error on my tax return. How do I change my tax return?

If the IRS accepts your tax return, then you will need to do an amended tax return to make changes to your original tax return. Sign in to your account and go to the paragraph that talks about amended/corrected tax returns on the View Return Status and Print Your Copy web page. You will be able to start an amended tax return from that paragraph. The software will help you prepare your federal amended tax return and also your state amended return(s) if you filed your original state tax return(s) with us.

How do I amend my state tax return?

Sign in to your account and choose the "Amend Tax Return" option from the menu on the right side of the screen. The software will help you prepare your state amended tax return.

This menu option will only show up if you've either chosen to mail your federal and state returns or if they've been e-filed and accepted.

Can I amend my tax return on FreeTaxUSA?

Yes, if you filed your original tax return using our software. Sign in to your account and choose the amended/corrected tax return option. The software will help you prepare your federal amended tax return and a state amended return if you filed your original state tax return using our software.

We recommend that you do not amend your tax return until after you have received your refund or paid the taxes you owe from your original return you filed. The IRS will often automatically make a correction to your tax return for missing or incorrect W-2 (W2) or 1099 forms. You do not need to amend your federal tax return if the IRS corrects the error on your tax return when they process your original tax return. You will receive an IRS notice explaining the adjustment or asking for additional forms for documentation.

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