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I mailed in an amended return. How do I check on the status of that?

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I mailed in an amended return. How do I check on the status of that?

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


***Due to the earlier covid shutdown the IRS is playing catch up on the 11 million + envelopes that piled up at the same time new mail is arriving ... processing times for anything mailed in this year is 4 to 6 months and all you can do is wait and check the IRS site once a week until you see it in the system.  

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I mailed in an amended return. How do I check on the status of that?


   The IRS has not been working on mailed returns until very recently---and an amended return could only be filed by mailing it in until late August 2020 when the IRS began to accept e-filed 2019 amended returns.   Under normal circumstances you would be able to see something about your mailed in Form 1040X after about three weeks, but that is not the case right now.  The usual 4 months for processing an amended return is going to take longer.  Sorry.





Per the IRS website IRS Operations During COVID-19: Mission-critical functions continue 

IRS operational status and alternatives

Processing Delays for Paper Tax Returns: Taxpayers should file electronically through their tax preparer, tax software provider, or IRS Free File

We’re experiencing delays in processing paper tax returns due to limited staffing. If you already filed a paper return, we will process it in the order we received it.

Do not file a second tax return or contact the IRS about the status of your return.


 If you mail a tax return (or a payment) to the IRS, it is a good idea to use a mailing service that will track it like UPS or certified mail so you will know it was received.



 TurboTax will not know anything about your amended return, and nor will TT know that you put your 1040X  in an envelope and took it to a mailbox.  TurboTax does not get updates on mailed  (or e-filed) returns.


When the IRS finally opens its mail and begins to process mailed returns you can check the status on the IRS site.




**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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