"Amended Tax Return"

United States

The amended return refers to changes made to a tax return from previous years. If you made a mistake on your tax return, you can fix it by filing an amended return.

What is an Amended Return ?

You must complete a different Form 1040-X for every return you're amending if it spans more than one year. You must also mention any schedules or forms that the changes would affect.

How Does Amended Tax Returns Work ?

If there is a change in your filing status, income, deductions, credits, tax liability or variety of situations, you must file an amended return.

Reasons to File an Amended Return


You'll need to file an amended tax return if you receive information after filing your original return that significantly changes your taxable income.

Who Should File an Amended Return ?

You must typically file Form 1040-X within three years after filing your first return or within two years of paying the tax, whichever comes first, if you want to obtain money back.

When to File an Amended Return ?

Using the Where's My Amended Return? online tool, you can find out the status of your amended return that was filed on paper or electronically or call toll-free number 866-464-2050.

How to Check Amended Return Status ?

How to File an Amended Tax Return ?


You can either e-file or download a paper Form 1040X from IRS website to file an amended tax return. You must mail the paper form.