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Can I get an extension for amending a 2019 return?

The federal tax filing deadline for tax year 2019 has been extended to July 15, 2020, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Go here for more information about how taxes have been affected.

No, you can't get an extension, but the IRS gives you plenty of time to amend a return that you filed.

Generally speaking, you have 3 years from the date you filed the return (or 2 years from the date you paid the tax due on the return — whichever is later) to file an amended return.

Here's a few examples for 2019 tax year returns:

  • If you filed on January 31, 2020 (before the July deadline) and owed no tax, you'd have until July 15, 2023 to file an amended 2019 return.
    • This is because returns filed on or before the July deadline are considered to have been filed on the deadline.
    • However, if you filed after the July deadline (say, on August 1, 2020), you'd have three years from that date to file an amendment (August 1, 2023 in this example).
  • If you filed on March 21, 2020 and paid additional tax due on that date, you'd have until March 21, 2023 to file an amended 2019 return.
    • This is because three years from the filing date (March 21, 2023) is later than two years from the payment date (March 21, 2022).
  • If you filed on July 15, 2020 but didn't pay the additional tax due until March 31, 2021, you'll have until July 15, 2023 to file an amended return.
    • That's because three years from the filing date (July 15, 2020) is later than the payment date (March 31, 2021).

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