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How can I amend my 2020 tax return after its been filed?

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How can I amend my 2020 tax return after its been filed?

If you filed, it is like dropping it into the mail - you cannot get it back if accepted by the IRS or state.

To amend your 2020 tax return:

-- First, *wait* to see if your return has been accepted or rejected by the IRS or state. DO NOT do anything until you receive the accept or reject e-mail.

The IRS will not open to accept or reject return until Feb 12, so wait.

-- If rejected, you can correct and re-send your return.

-- If accepted you should *wait* until your return has been processed and you receive your refund or conformation that any tax due has been paid. (If you file an amended return while you first return is being processed it can cause extended delays for both returns if two returns are in the system at the same time). In addition, if the IRS makes any change on your original return, you might end up having to amend the amendment – a sticky process that can take a year or more).

-- Then you can start the amend process.

It is suggested that it be mailed certified with return receipt (or other tracking service) to verify that the IRS receives it. That is the only proof of mailing that the IRS will accept.

-- Amended returns can be mailed or e-filed - allow 8-12 weeks - can take up to 16 weeks (4 months) for processing.

See this TurboTax FAQ for help with amending:

You can check the status of your amended return here but allow 3 weeks after filing for it to show up:

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
New Member

How can I amend my 2020 tax return after its been filed?

Turbotax informed me that CA had rejected our return. I was instructed to reopen my return and told that at that time Turbotax would identify the error and walk me through the necessary correction. When I opened the return, there was no indication that anything was wrong in any way with the state return. When I took a look at it, I found one error in my CA business income/loss and fixed. Both before I did this and after I did this, Turbotax said there were no errors in my return. What do I do next?  Why didnt Turbotax do what they said they would do here?

Intuit Alumni

How can I amend my 2020 tax return after its been filed?

Please revisit the file section and resubmit your state return.

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