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Filing Amended taxes for 2020

I am changing my filing status, due to incorrectly entering single when it should have been head of household. what are the steps involved with refiling an amended form.
I need assistance on lines 1 - 22 on form 1040-X. Do i use the same information as my previous 2020 tax forms or do i update information here as well as my status.

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Level 15

Filing Amended taxes for 2020

Once the original return has been fully processed then you can amend the return.  If you are ONLY changing the filing status then that is done in the MY INFO tab  BUT  you will NOT be able to efile it ... it MUST be mailed in IRS rules.  And expect the amended return to take 6 months or longer to process. 


To see how to amend your taxes, click here: 


Steps to amend in TurboTax


How to file amendment




Look at the form 1040X …

Column A should have the figures from the original return, Column C the corrected figures and Column B the differences between the other 2 which needs an explanation on page 2 of the form 1040X.

If you completed it correctly you will see an entry on either line 16 OR 18:

On line 16 should be the amount you paid with your original return. If you paid nothing already then this line should be zero.

On line 18 should be the amount of your original refund you received.  If you have not received your refund yet then you need to wait for it.  If the refund changes from what you expected then this line must reflect that change.

Then you will see your extra refund on line 22 OR  the new balance due you need to pay on line 20.


Level 15

Filing Amended taxes for 2020

Do you need to add a dependent?  If you had a dependent on your original Single return it should have automatically switched you to Head of Household if your dependent qualifies.  

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