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How to amend (change or correct) a return you've already filed

To amend your return, select its tax year for specific instructions: 

Wait until you receive your refund to amend. If you owe, you can amend e-filed returns if they've been accepted and paper-filed returns after they've been mailed.

Once you begin the amendment process, you'll see your original return. Only make changes to the areas of your return that need amending. The refund calculator will start new at $0 and only reflect the changes in the refund (or tax due).

You have three years from the date you filed your return or two years after you paid the tax due (whichever is later) to file an amendment.

If there's tax due, you can arrange for payment when you e-file the return, or send a check with the Amendment if you sent a paper return. If there’s a refund due to you, the IRS will send you a check once they've processed your amendment.

Note: The IRS can take more than four months to process the Amendment.

If your original return e-file is still pending, you won't be able to make changes until the IRS either accepts or rejects it. Don't know your e-file status? Here's how to look it up.

Note: For the 2020 tax year, the IRS will adjust your refund if you claimed the Recovery Rebate Credit but didn’t qualify or overestimated the amount you should have received.  

If a correction is needed, the IRS will calculate the correct amount of the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, make the correction to the tax return, and continue processing it. There's no need at this point to amend your return, unless you didn't claim the Rebate Recovery Credit at all, and were entitled to claim it. For more information, visit irs.gov. 

The IRS has asked that taxpayers not amend for the unemployment exclusion, unless the unemployment tax break makes them newly eligible for tax benefits like the earned income tax credit.

If you already filed your 2020 tax return, you don't need to do anything to get these additional unemployment benefits. The IRS announced they'll automatically adjust your return and send any additional refund amount directly to you. 

Some people may be newly eligible for additional deductions and credits not already included on the original tax return. In these cases, you'll likely want to amend your return to claim these additional dollars. 

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