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Amended Tax Return Frequently Asked Questions

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Which types of amended returns can the Where's My Amended Return? tool access?
Generally, Where's My Amended Return? will provide you with the status of amended returns mailed to the IRS processing operations. The Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, has guidance on where to file your amended return.


Which type of amended returns cannot be accessed using the Where’s My Amended Return? tool?

Status updates for the following types of amended returns are not available through the Where’s My Amended Return? tool:

  • Carrybacks (applications and claims),
  • Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement,
  • Injured Spouse claims,
  • A Form 1040 marked as an amended or corrected return,
  • An amended return with a foreign address,
  • Business amended returns,
  • An amended return routed/received outside of the processing operations in a specialized function (i.e. Examination Dept, 1040X response to a CP 2000 notice, Bankruptcy Dept).

How can I get confirmation you received my amended return?
You can get confirmation by accessing the Where’s My Amended Return? tool three weeks after you’ve mailed your amended return.

How long will it take to process my amended return?
An amended return can take up to 16 weeks to process once the IRS receives it. It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Unfortunately, calling us will not help us process your return more quickly.

Will the Where's My Amended Return? tool give me the status of my amended returns for multiple tax years?
The tool will give you the status of your amended returns for the current year and up to three prior years.

What is the best and fastest way for me to get information about my amended return?
Use the Where's My Amended Return? tool or call our automated toll-free number 866-464-2050. You can start checking on the status three weeks after you’ve mailed your amended return.

Will calling the IRS help me get my amended return processed any faster?
Calling us will not speed up the processing time of your amended return. Our phone and walk-in representatives can only research the status of your amended return if it has been 12 weeks or more since you mailed your return, or if the Where's My Amended Return? tool directs you to contact us.

We will contact you if we need more information to process your amended return. Otherwise, Where's My Amended Return? has the most up to date information available. Use Where's My Amended Return? or call our automated toll-free number 866-464-2050. Both are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When can I start checking on the status of my amended return?
You can start checking on the status of your amended return three weeks after it has been mailed to the IRS.

How will I know if the IRS received my amended return and it is being processed?
Use Where's My Amended Return? to follow your amended return from receipt until processing is completed. While your amended return is being processed you can follow it through three stages: Received, Adjusted, and Completed.

What is happening when the Where's My Amended Return? tool shows the status as received?
This means your Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, has been received, and it is being processed. Generally, amended returns take up to 16 weeks to be processed.

What is happening when the Where's My Amended Return? tool shows the status as adjusted?
This means the processing of your Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, resulted in an adjustment to your account. An adjustment may result in a refund, balance due, or no tax change.

What is happening when the Where's My Amended Return? tool shows the status as completed?
This means your Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, has completed processing resulting in a refund, balance due, or no tax change. This timeframe also means all correspondence related to the processing of your amended return has been mailed to you.

How often does Where's My Amended Return? tool update?
Where's My Amended Return?
updates are made no more than once per day, usually at night. So there is no need to check more often.

I’ve accessed the Where's My Amended Return? tool and it’s been longer than 12 weeks since the IRS received my amended return and it hasn’t been processed. Why?
We work hard to process amended returns within 12 weeks, but some take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when an amended return:

  • includes errors,
  • is incomplete,
  • is unsigned,
  • is returned to you requesting additional information,
  • needs further review,
  • is affected by identity theft or fraud,
  • needs to be routed to a specialized area,
  • has to be cleared by the bankruptcy area within the IRS,
  • has to be reviewed and approved by a Revenue Officer,
  • is appealing or requesting reconsideration of an IRS decision,  
  • includes a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation.

We will contact you if we need more information to process your amended return.
IRS representatives can only research the status of your return if it has been 12 weeks or more since you mailed your amended return, or if Where's My Amended Return? directs you to contact us.
 

Will the Where’s My Amended Return? tool provide a refund status on an original current tax year filed return?
No, it does not provide information about an original current year filed return. Use the IRS2Go mobile app or the Where’s My Refund? tool. You can start checking on the status of your tax return within 24 hours after we have received your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Both are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. See Tax Topic 152 for more information.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 01-Aug-2016