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Allofus5
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We forgot a W2 and already filed three days ago. What happens now?? Is there ANY chance of us getting our money in a timely manner?

My husband worked through a temp service for 4 weeks in 2019 (Nov-Dec) and was hired on his current job in Jan 2020 making him an employee of ONE company for a full year (2020). That is the only W2 we included, completely forgetting he may get one through the temp company. Wages and Tips for the temp company W2 is $385. How will this likely play out? Will it slow our return? Should we amend now or wait? Any info is GREATLY appreciated! Thank you.
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macuser_22
Level 15

We forgot a W2 and already filed three days ago. What happens now?? Is there ANY chance of us getting our money in a timely manner?


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:

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894381-how-to-amend-change-or-correct-a-return-you-already-filed

You can check the status of your amended return here but allow 3 weeks after filing for it to show up:
https://www.irs.gov/filing/wheres-my-amended-return

**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.**

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macuser_22
Level 15

We forgot a W2 and already filed three days ago. What happens now?? Is there ANY chance of us getting our money in a timely manner?


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:

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894381-how-to-amend-change-or-correct-a-return-you-already-filed

You can check the status of your amended return here but allow 3 weeks after filing for it to show up:
https://www.irs.gov/filing/wheres-my-amended-return

**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.**
Allofus5
New Member

We forgot a W2 and already filed three days ago. What happens now?? Is there ANY chance of us getting our money in a timely manner?

Thank you so much for this in-depth answer to my problem. Am I correct in thinking it might just be easier (best) if the return is rejected so that it can be done all over again properly? Again, Thank you.

macuser_22
Level 15

We forgot a W2 and already filed three days ago. What happens now?? Is there ANY chance of us getting our money in a timely manner?


@Allofus5 wrote:

Thank you so much for this in-depth answer to my problem. Am I correct in thinking it might just be easier (best) if the return is rejected so that it can be done all over again properly? Again, Thank you.


Yes, of course.  If rejected then it was not filed at all and you can edit and change anything you want.

**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.**

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