Did you discover that you made a mistake after you filed your federal tax return? You can make it right by filing an amended tax return. Here are some things to know about filing an amended tax return.
1. Use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to correct errors on your tax return. You must file an amended return on paper. It can’t be e-filed.
2. You usually should file an amended tax return if you made an error claiming your filing status, income, deductions or credits on your original return.
3. You normally don’t need to file an amended return to correct math errors. The IRS will automatically make those changes for you. Also, do not file an amended return because you forgot to attach tax forms, such as a W-2 or schedule. The IRS will usually send you a request for those.
4. You usually have three years from the date you filed your original tax return to file Form 1040X to claim a refund. You can file it within two years from the date you paid the tax, if that date is later. That means the last day for most people to file a 2010 claim for a refund is April 15, 2014. See the 1040X instructions for special rules that apply to certain claims.
PLease call the office for more information about amended retruns.
Written by: Doug Rodrigues