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ThatGuy87
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Why can't I go back and get more refund for the years I have been filing incorrectly(head of household instead of single) but IRS can go back and charge you for mistakes?

 
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xmasbaby0
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Why can't I go back and get more refund for the years I have been filing incorrectly(head of household instead of single) but IRS can go back and charge you for mistakes?

You can amend your tax returns as far back as 2014 if you discover that you have made mistakes on them.  You mean you filed Single when you think you could have filed as Head of Household?

Am I Head of Household?

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894553-do-i-qualify-for-head-of-household https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2900097-what-is-a-qualifying-person-for-head-of-household

 To learn more about amending your tax return, please review the information in the following link.https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1908543-do-i-need-to-amend-my-tax-return

Click or tap a tax year for specific amending instructions.

·         2016

·         2015

·         2014

·         2013

Related Information:

·         What does it mean to "amend" a return?

·         Do I Need to Amend my Tax Return?

·         Will amending delay my original tax refund?

·         What is the deadline for filing an amended return?

·         Can I e-file my 1040X to amend my return?

**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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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Why can't I go back and get more refund for the years I have been filing incorrectly(head of household instead of single) but IRS can go back and charge you for mistakes?

You can amend your tax returns as far back as 2014 if you discover that you have made mistakes on them.  You mean you filed Single when you think you could have filed as Head of Household?

Am I Head of Household?

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894553-do-i-qualify-for-head-of-household https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2900097-what-is-a-qualifying-person-for-head-of-household

 To learn more about amending your tax return, please review the information in the following link.https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1908543-do-i-need-to-amend-my-tax-return

Click or tap a tax year for specific amending instructions.

·         2016

·         2015

·         2014

·         2013

Related Information:

·         What does it mean to "amend" a return?

·         Do I Need to Amend my Tax Return?

·         Will amending delay my original tax refund?

·         What is the deadline for filing an amended return?

·         Can I e-file my 1040X to amend my return?

**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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ThatGuy87
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Why can't I go back and get more refund for the years I have been filing incorrectly(head of household instead of single) but IRS can go back and charge you for mistakes?

You are a life saver. I don't know why I have never try researching this. I just thought it was unfair when I found out that I could have been filing as head of household because I provided for a qualifying dependant.
ThatGuy87
New Member

Why can't I go back and get more refund for the years I have been filing incorrectly(head of household instead of single) but IRS can go back and charge you for mistakes?

Just amended my 2014 and 2015 returns and should be getting those refunds. Thanks a lot once again.
xmasbaby0
Level 15

Why can't I go back and get more refund for the years I have been filing incorrectly(head of household instead of single) but IRS can go back and charge you for mistakes?

Oh that is great!  You are welcome!
**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.**
xmasbaby0
Level 15

Why can't I go back and get more refund for the years I have been filing incorrectly(head of household instead of single) but IRS can go back and charge you for mistakes?

Make sure you send those amended returns in separate envelopes for each year.  It is always a good ides to use a mailing service that will track it like UPS or certified mail so you know the IRS received it.
**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.**
ThatGuy87
New Member

Why can't I go back and get more refund for the years I have been filing incorrectly(head of household instead of single) but IRS can go back and charge you for mistakes?

Because that is how the government works. 

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