Q: I just realized that I
could have claimed a tax credit this year, but I’ve already filed my return. Is
there anything I can do?
A: Yes. You can file an amended return using IRS Form 1040X. If
you are eligible to claim a credit, or perhaps a deduction that reduces your
tax bill, you should do so.
Q: What if I’ve made a
mathematical error on the tax return I already submitted?
A: Generally, you do not need to file an amended return to
correct mathematical errors because the IRS will automatically make such
corrections and send you a printed notice. Also, amended returns should not be
filed for forgotten tax forms such as W-2s or schedules; the IRS normally will
mail you a notice asking you for any such forms if they are needed.
Q: What if I’ve forgotten
to report income?
A: If you’ve forgotten to report income, you should file an
amended return as soon as possible. The sooner you correct such a mistake, the
lower any possible penalties and interest you may owe will be. Reporting the
additional income on a 1040X form could save you money in the long run.
Q: Can I submit a 1040X
A: No. Form 1040X must be filed using the paper form and mailed
in. If you are amending more than one tax return, each 1040X form should be
mailed in a separate enveloped addressed to the appropriate IRS processing
Q: How much time do I have
to file an amended return?
A: An amended return must be filed within three
years from the date of the original return or within two years from the date
taxes were paid, whichever is later.
Q: How long
will it take the IRS to process my amended return?
A: According to the IRS, it generally takes between
eight and 12 weeks to process an amended return.
Q: Where can I find more
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Use” column was provided by the Internal Revenue Service. It was prepared by the Ohio State Bar Association. Articles
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about the law. Before applying this information to a specific legal problem,
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