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Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Frequently Asked Questions

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information   Where’s My Amended Return? will give you the status of your amended tax return. You can start checking on its status three weeks after you’ve mailed it. It can take up to three weeks before your amended return shows up in our system.

What is the best and fastest way for me to get information about an amended return?

Use Where's My Amended Return? or call our automated toll-free number 866-464-2050. The application has the most up-to-date information available

Can I get the status of an amended return for multiple tax years?

Where's My Amended Return? can get you the status of your amended returns for the current tax year and up to three prior tax years.

How can I get confirmation you received my amended return?

You can get confirmation through Where's My Amended Return?

How long will it take to process an amended return?

A Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return can take up to 16 weeks to process once we receive it.

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 12 weeks or more after you’ve mailed it; or if Where's My Amended Return? itself has directed you to contact us.

How will I know you’ve received my amended return and are processing it?

Where's My Amended Return? follows the processing stages of your amended return from receipt until completion. It will tell you if your return is in received, adjusted, or completed status.

What is happening when my amended return’s status shows as received?

We’ve received your amended return. We are processing it. It can take up to 16 weeks to complete processing.

What is happening when my amended return’s status shows as adjusted?

We’ve made an adjustment to your account. The adjustment will result in a refund, balance due, or in no tax change.

What is happening when my amended return’s status shows as completed?

We’ve completed processing your return. We’ve mailed you all the information connected to its processing.

How often does the tool update?

Where's My Amended Return? updates once a day, usually at night. You can check it daily.

It’s been longer than 16 weeks since you received my amended return and it hasn’t been processed yet. Why?

Some amended returns take longer than 16 weeks for several reasons. Delays may occur when the return needs further review because it:

  • Has errors
  • Is incomplete
  • Isn’t signed
  • Is returned to you requesting more information
  • Includes a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation
  • Is affected by identity theft or fraud

Delays in processing also can happen when an amended return needs:

  • Routing to a specialized area
  • Clearance by the bankruptcy area within the IRS
  • Review and approval by a revenue office
  • Review of an appeal or a requested reconsideration of an IRS decision

We will contact you whenever we need more information to process your amended return.

What types of amended returns can I find out about using the tool?

You can find out about amended returns mailed to the IRS processing operations. Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return tells you where you need to mail your return.

Where's My Amended Return? cannot give you the status of the following returns or claims:

  • Carryback applications and claims
  • Injured spouse claims
  • A Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return marked as an amended or corrected return (not a Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return)
  • An amended return with a foreign address
  • A business tax amended return
  • An amended return processed by a specialized unit—such as our Examination Department or our Bankruptcy Department.

Can I use Where's My Amended Return? to find out about the status of my Form 1040 for the current tax year?

No, it doesn’t have information about a current year return or refund. Use our IRS2Go Mobile App or Where's My Refund to find out about your current year tax return.

You can start checking on the status of your current year tax return within 24 hours after we’ve received your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you've mailed us a paper return. The application and tool are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 03-Oct-2016