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What is the deadline for filing an amended return?

The IRS will accept an amended return up to 3 years after the date you filed the original return or within 2 years after you paid the tax due on the return, whichever is later.

Tip: If you file(d) before the July 15 deadline (extended from April 15 due to COVID-19), the IRS considers the July deadline to be the filing date (for example, if you filed in February, you'd have until July 15, 2023 to file the amendment).

Some unusual tax situations, such as NOL and general business credit carrybacks or situations involving bad debts, get more time to amend. However, for most people, the deadline to amend a 2015 or earlier return has passed.

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