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2019 AL Job Related Expenses

Because of an error in a TurboTax calculation, you may have overstated your Alabama job-related expense deduction, leading to a possible underpayment of Alabama income tax.

We fixed the issue in TurboTax and want to make sure your tax return is complete and accurate. We recommend that you amend your state tax return to determine whether any additional tax is due. There are no additional fees for checking your TurboTax return or for preparing an amendment. Alabama has extended the payment due date for income tax to July 15, 2020. If you have additional tax due, pay the amount by the extended deadline to avoid penalties and interest.

We continuously strive to provide correct and accurate calculations in our TurboTax products. Sometimes that effort results in our finding errors after returns have been filed. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you need additional help, we’ve provided contact info below.

You may be affected if all the following apply to you:

  1. You earned wages in Alabama as a nonresident; AND
  2. You claimed job-related expenses for wages earned outside of Alabama

You can amend your return yourself by following these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Write down the original refund or balance due amount for your Alabama income taxes. Verify the amount by checking the paper/PDF copy of your return or your banking records.
  2. Launch TurboTax and open your 2019 return.
  3. Before you make any changes, select File, and Save As... then add Amended 2019 return to the file name to preserve your original return.
  4. Select Online and Check for Updates. Allow the program to update if any are available.
  5. Select the Federal Taxes tab (it's the Personal tab if you’re using Home & Business) and then select Other Tax Situations. You may be asked to answer a few preliminary questions before you see a list of categories. Scroll down to Other Tax Forms and select Start next to Amend a Return.
  6. On the We’ll help you change (amend) your return screen, select Continue. Then on the Did you already file your return? screen, select Yes, I have already filed my return. Select I was contacted by TurboTax and told I may need to amend for some other reason, and then Continue.
  7. On the Tell us which returns you want to amend screen, choose to amend only your federal or state return. Then click the box next to Amend my Alabama return. Your state refund/balance due tracker will usually reset to $0. This is normal. Note: If you claimed a credit on your resident state tax return for taxes paid to Alabama, you may need to amend your return to correct the credit. We’ll address your resident state in Step 25.
  8. On the What do you need to change on your return? screen, scroll down to the bottom, and select Update next to State return.
  9. Select Continue and then Edit to work on your Alabama state return. If you're amending multiple state returns, start with your Alabama return first.
  10. Select Continue again and then on the Let’s Amend Your Alabama Return screen, select Yes, then Continue. On the How to File an Amended Return in Alabama screen, select Continue.
  11. On the Amount Paid or Refunded on your Original Return screen, check the amounts listed and make sure they match the figures you found in Step 1. Select Continue.
  12. On the Copy Federal Amended Explanation? screen, choose No.
  13. On the Tell Us Why You’re Amending screen, enter CORRECTING ALLOCATION OF NONRESIDENT JOB RELATED EXPENSES, and then Done.
  14. On the Let’s Make Sure You’re Ready to Review screen, choose No, I still have state amend info to enter, and then Continue.
  15. On the Let’s review your amended return screen, select I’ll choose what I work on.
  16. On the You’ve Finished Your Alabama Return screen, scroll down to Deductions, and select Start.
  17. On the Let’s Check for any Alabama Deductions screen, scroll down to Job Expense, and select Start.
  18. On the Unreimbursed Job Expenses screen, review your entry, and Continue. Note: Don't make any changes at this point. Changes will be made in a later screen.
  19. On the Let’s Check for any Alabama Deductions screen, scroll down, and select Done with Deductions.
  20. On the Alabama Job Related Expenses screen, enter only those expenses incurred in earning Alabama income, then Continue. For more info see the Form 40NR Booklet from the Alabama Department of Revenue.
  21. On the Other Taxes screen, select Continue.
  22. On the Your Deduction Results screen, review the info and then Continue.
  23. Then on the You’ve Just Finished Your Alabama Return screen, scroll down and select Done with Alabama.
  24. On the Ready to Review Your State Return screen, select Continue. After you've viewed the initial warnings and made any corrections, select Run Review Again until no new warnings appear, and then select Done with Review.
  25. If you claimed a credit for taxes paid to Alabama on your resident state tax return and the Alabama refund/balance due has an amount other than zero, select Start New State, and follow the prompts on screen. Otherwise, select Done with States, and then Continue.
  26. You may be asked about Form 1095-A. If you received one, but hadn't previously entered it, select Enter Form 1095-A. Otherwise, select I don’t have Form 1095-A for 2019.
  27. On the Not Eligible for Electronic Filing screen, select Continue.
  28. When you've reviewed any warnings and reached the Run Smart Check Again screen, select Run Smart Check until no new warnings appear, and then Done.
  29. Follow the instructions provided by TurboTax to print your amended return, and save a copy for your records. The mailing address will appear on the instructions printed with your return, along with directions for paying any additional tax due.

  1. Write down the original refund or balance due amount for your Alabama income taxes. Verify the amount by checking the paper/PDF copy of your return or your banking records.
  2. Log in to the TurboTax account where you prepared your 2019 return.
  3. In Tax Home, scroll down to Your tax returns & documents, and choose 2019. Select Amend (change) return, and then select Amend Using TurboTax Online.
  4. On the OK, let’s get a kickstart on your 2019 amended return screen, choose TurboTax sent me an email, and then Continue.
  5. On the What did we contact you about? screen, choose Amending my return to fix info, and then Continue.
  6. On the Tell us which returns you want to amend screen, check the box next to Amend my Alabama return. Your state refund/balance due tracker will usually reset to $0. This is normal. Note: If you claimed a credit on your resident state tax return for taxes paid to Alabama, you may need to amend your return to correct the credit. We’ll address your resident state in Step 21.
  7. Select Continue, then Amend to work on your Alabama state return. If you are amending multiple state returns, start with your Alabama return first.
  8. On the Your 2019 Alabama Return screen, select Continue. Then choose Yes, let’s amend and get it done, then Continue, and then Continue again.
  9. On the Amount Paid or Refunded on Your Original Return screen, check the amounts listed, and make sure they match the figures you found in Step 1. Then Continue.
  10. On the Copy Federal Amended Explanation? screen, select No.
  11. On the Tell Us Why You’re Amending screen, enter CORRECTING ALLOCATION OF NONRESIDENT JOB RELATED EXPENSES, and then select Done.
  12. On the Let’s Make Sure You’re Ready to Review screen, choose No, I still have state amend info to enter, and then Continue.
  13. On the Let’s review your amended return screen, select I’ll choose what I work on.
  14. On the You’ve Finished Your Alabama Return screen, scroll down to Deductions, and select Start.
  15. On the Let’s Check for any Alabama Deductions screen, scroll down to Job Expense, and select Start.
  16. On the Unreimbursed Job Expenses screen, review your entry, and then Continue. Note: Don't make any changes at this point. Changes will be made in a later screen.
  17. On the Let’s Check for any Alabama Deductions screen, scroll down, and select Done with Deductions.
  18. On the Alabama Job Related Expenses screen, enter only those expenses incurred in earning Alabama income, and then select Continue. For more info see the Form 40NR Booklet from the Alabama Department of Revenue.
  19. On the Your Deduction Results screen, review the info, and then Continue.
  20. On the You Just Finished Your Alabama Return screen, scroll down, and select Done with Alabama.
  21. If you claimed a credit for taxes paid to Alabama on your resident state tax return and the Alabama refund/balance due now shows an amount other than zero, select Start New State, and follow the prompts on screen. Otherwise, select Done with States, and then Continue.
  22. You may be asked about Form 1095-A. If you received one, but hadn't previously entered it, select Enter Form 1095-A. Otherwise, select I don’t have Form 1095-A for 2019.
  23. On the Let’s comb through your returns one last time with completecheck screen, select Check My Info. Review any final warnings and fix any errors. If you make any changes at this stage, be sure to run completecheck again, until there are no new warnings to fix.
  24. Follow the instructions provided by TurboTax to print your amended return, and save a copy for your records. The mailing address will appear on the instructions printed with your return, along with directions for paying any additional tax due.

We’re here to help if you have questions or need assistance. You can call us at (866) 278-9691 to reach a tax expert prepared to assist you. Tell the expert you’re calling about: 2019 AL Job Related Expenses.

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