Should I File an Amended Return?


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After filing your original return, you may determine that you made an error or omitted something from your return. Although the IRS often finds and corrects errors during processing, there are certain situations in which you may need to file an amended return to correct an error or make other changes to your return.

This interview will help you determine if you should file an amended return to correct an error or make other changes to your return.

Caution: The IRS is reviewing implementation plans for the newly enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The IRS will provide taxpayers with additional guidance on those provisions that could affect their 2020 tax return, including the retroactive provision that makes the first $10,200 of 2020 unemployment benefits nontaxable. For those who received unemployment benefits last year and have already filed their 2020 tax return, the IRS emphasizes they should not file an amended return at this time, until the IRS issues additional guidance.

Information You'll Need:

  • Reason for making a change to a previously filed federal income tax return

Note: Use this tax tool only if you're amending one of the following forms: Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040-A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040-SR, U.S. Tax Return for Seniors, Form 1040-EZ, Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents, Form 1040-NR, U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, or Form 1040-NR-EZ, U.S. Income Tax Return for Certain Nonresident Aliens With No Dependents.

Caution: For 2019, if you used the IRS Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool, tax software, or a paper tax return indicating $0 or $1 of adjusted gross income to register for an Economic Impact Payment and you need to file a tax return for 2019, you must mail a paper 2019 Form 1040 or 1040-SR tax return. See the Economic Impact Payment Information Center, Non-Filer Tool questions and answers for additional information.


Conclusions are based on information provided by you in response to the questions you answered. Answers do not constitute written advice in response to a specific written request of the taxpayer within the meaning of section 6404(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Estimated Completion Time: 5 minutes

Please Note: After 15 minutes of inactivity, you'll be forced to start over.

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