FAQs for filing an amended tax return

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If you have ever filed an amended tax return in the past, you know a paper tax return was required since amended tax returns could not be filed electronically. Good News! If you need to amend your 2019 Form 1040 and 1040-SR, the IRS says you can file your amended tax return (1040-X) electronically at this time with the appropriate tax software. While paper filing still holds true for any other tax years, there are many questions surrounding how to file an amended tax return electronically. Some of the FAQs are as follow.

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How do I file my Amended Return electronically?

Contact your preferred tax professional or tax software provider to confirm their participation, ask questions, and to learn more information.

Can I file my Amended return electronically for previous tax years?

For the time being, 2019 Form 1040 and 1040-SR are the only tax year and forms available for electronic filing.

What forms are required with an electronically filed Amended Return?

Form 1040 and 1040-SR Amended Returns are required along with the attached Form 1040-X. All forms and schedules should be included as though it were the original tax return submitted, even though some forms may not have any adjustments.

Is direct deposit available for electronically filed Form 1040-X?

Direct deposit is not available when filing an amended return.

Where do I mail a paper check for an electronic Amended Return and should I use a Form 1040-V Payment Voucher?

Yes, the Form 1040-V Payment Voucher provides the correct mailing address for sending a check and should be sent with your check when mailing in your payment.

How long will it take to process an amended return?

It can take up to 16 weeks to process Form 1040-X once received. The best and fastest way to receive more information about your amended return’s status, is to visit the IRS online tool, “Where’s my Amended Return?” This tool will let you know when your amended return is received and processed.

Do you need to file a 2019 Form 1040-X? Check out this blog written by a Henry+Horne tax professional, outlining some common items to note when amending a return. You can also visit the IRS website for additional FAQs surrounding electronically filing an amended tax return.

If you have any questions on how to electronically file an amended tax return, feel free to contact a Henry + Horne tax professional.

Cierra Tate