WHERE'S MY AMENDED RETURN?
A step-by-step guide to track your tax updates.
Tax season often comes with a rush of paperwork, forms, and deadlines. It's not unusual for taxpayers to realize they've made an error on their tax return. If you’ve sent your amended return to correct those issues and it hasn't been processed yet, you may be wondering about its status. If this has happened to you, don't fret; our guide to tracking amended returns has everything you need to figure out what's going on.
What is an Amended Return?
An amended return is used by taxpayers to correct errors or oversights on a previously filed tax return. Whether due to overlooked deductions or changes in personal circumstances, this form allows for necessary adjustments. The IRS typically gives taxpayers up to three years from the original filing date or two years from when the tax was paid to make corrections. If you find a mistake on your return, it's wise to consult with a tax professional to ensure accuracy.
Tracking Your Return
Step 1: Accessing the Tool
- Visit the IRS website: To get started, go to the IRS website at www.irs.gov.
- Navigate to the tool: In the search bar, type “Where's My Amended Return?“ and select the appropriate tool from the search results.
Step 2: Entering Your Information
- Provide your information: You'll need to enter your Social Security number, date of birth, and your ZIP code.
- Verify your identity: The system will ask you to verify your identity, usually by providing some information from your last tax return.
Step 3: Tracking Your Amended Return
- Enter the tax year: Select the year for the amended return you're tracking.
- Check your status: You'll see a detailed status update of your amended return.
- Review any issues: If there are any issues or discrepancies, they will be highlighted.
Common Issues and Solutions
When using a tracking tool for amended returns, it's not uncommon to encounter a few issues. If no updates appear for a prolonged period, patience is recommended as processing times can differ. Ensure you've input the correct details if your amended return isn't located. Remember, this tool mainly tracks federal returns; for state amendments, consult your state's tax authority. If you spot mistakes or need additional help with your amended return, it's always wise to seek professional advice.
Peace of Mind While You Wait
After submitting an amended return, the waiting period can be a mix of anticipation and anxiety. It's essential to remember that the IRS processes a large volume of amended returns, especially during peak tax season. Keeping informed about your amended return's status can offer a sense of control during this waiting phase, ensuring you can plan your next steps accordingly once it's processed.
EXPERTISE AT YOUR SERVICE
Navigating the complexities of the tax world, especially when corrections are involved, can be challenging. At Liberty Tax, we're committed to simplifying this journey for you. From amending returns to tracking their status and more, our seasoned professionals are here to offer guidance every step of the way. Why go it alone when expert help is just a click away?