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Amended 2020 Return (to add RRC)

Single/never married, no dependents. Nobody can claim me as a dependent. Filed a non-filers for 2019. Earned less than $1,000 in 2020 (W2). Did not receive any unemployment compensation. In other words, I'm thinking this would (hopefully) make me quick/easy to process. 


I received the 2nd stimulus ($600) last year and the 3rd stimulus ($1400) a few months ago. I'm not sure why, but I didn't receive the 1st stimulus ($1200). I wasn't even aware of the $1200 stimulus. I assumed the $600 I received was the 1st one. 


2 nights ago, e-filed thru TurboTax. I mistakenly selected "Yes, this looks right" when it showed me the 2 stimulus amounts (I thought it was strange that it said $1200 instead of $1400, but not knowing the $1400 goes on next year's taxes I figured that's what they meant & selected yes).


After a bunch of googling, I realized my error. I went back to TurboTax & amended/added $1200 Recovery Rebate Credit. This was only about an hour after I filed the first one.


I received the message "congratulations the irs has accepted your refund" within 15-20 mins both times. I just read something today that says you're supposed to wait until AFTER you receive your refund (original/wrong amount) to amend it.


IRS site has no info for me. I've searched both the original amount and the amended amount. Do you think since I filed them back-to-back within an hour of one another, this will be a good thing or a bad thing? Does my easy-filing status mean it will be processed faster? Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Amended 2020 Return (to add RRC)

Sorry but the amended return cannot be filed/processed by the IRS until the original return  has been fully processed.   All you can do is wait for both returns to be processed which could take  6 months or more after you get the original refund.  

Level 15

Amended 2020 Return (to add RRC)

Putting two returns into the system at the same time can lead to lots of confusion and delay, so do not expect a quick result from filing a return and then amending it so fast.   If you have an amount on line 30 of your first Form 1040 to get the recovery rebate credit then you were already going to experience a delay because every return with an amount on line 30 has to be looked at by a human.   The IRS cross checks every return for the recovery rebate credit and recalculates your refund if you really already received that money.


So you were already in for a wait for the credit.  Sending in an amended return immediately was a poor choice, but you cannot un-do it now.   Sit tight, and wait for the IRS to process the returns you sent in.    Do not be surprised if it takes many months to receive anything else.


The IRS is severely backlogged --- returns that require human attention are taking months to process.   You can watch both the "normal" IRS refund site and the "amended return" sites-----but do not expect anything to happen quickly.  Expect it to take months.   Maybe longer.



Once your federal return has been accepted by the IRS, only the IRS has any control.  TurboTax does not receive any updates from the IRS. Your ONLY source of information about your refund now is the IRS.

You need your filing status, your Social Security number and the exact amount  (line 34of your 2020 Form 1040) of your federal refund to track your Federal refund:

To track your state refund:

If you chose to have your TurboTax fees deducted from your federal refund, that will take some extra time, while the third party bank handles the refund processing.





Even during “normal” times it takes about four months for the IRS to process an amended return.  During the pandemic and due to the severe backlog at the IRS it is taking much longer—six months or more for many amended returns.  Do not expect quick results from amending.  When the IRS issues a refund for an amended return it will be by check.  They do not make direct deposits for refunds for amended returns.  You can watch for information here:

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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