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Reported incorrect wage amount will the IRS correct it for me?

I made a mistake and reported a different amount in box 1 of my W-2 in the tax program. My return was still accepted even with the wage error. My question is will the IRS correct the wage amount for me or will I have to amend? The wage is the only thing I typed in wrong on my taxes. Everything else was fine.
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Reported incorrect wage amount will the IRS correct it for me?

It will take the IRS at least a year to catch up with you about the mistake, so it is better to go ahead and Amend your Tax Return to correct the mistake in order to avoid any interest and penalties down the road.

You will need to Amend your Tax Return by filing Form 1040-X. If your Tax Return has already been e-filed and accepted by the IRS, you will need to wait until it has been fully processed and you have either received your refund or your payment has cleared.

Once your Tax Return has been fully processed, you can Amend it to correct the Wage Amount.

Check out the TurboTax FAQ below for details on how to Amend your return: 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/3288565

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Reported incorrect wage amount will the IRS correct it for me?

So the IRS wont make the change for me? I read that sometimes they'll correct mistakes for people and that's the only mistake on my return that I made.
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Reported incorrect wage amount will the IRS correct it for me?

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Reported incorrect wage amount will the IRS correct it for me?

Eventually, the IRS will correct the mistake but it could lead to you paying interest and penalties if the mistake caused you to get a bigger refund than you should have.
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Reported incorrect wage amount will the IRS correct it for me?

So they don't usually correct mistakes right away? I did the math and my refund only decreased by $16 when I typed in my correct wage amount. But I was still getting a refund just $16 less. I would hope I don't have to amend for a $16 difference. I thought it would fall under a math error and that they would correct it and just adjust my refund amount.
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Reported incorrect wage amount will the IRS correct it for me?

I didn't realize that you already filed without your W2.  No, they definitely don't correct the mistake right away. It usually takes about a year for them to match up your Tax Return with the W2s sent in by Employers.  They may let a difference as small as $16 slide, but I can't say for sure.
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Reported incorrect wage amount will the IRS correct it for me?

Ok. Well thank you for you help. I'll keep an eye on my refund and see if they make any adjustments. Hopefully they do so I can avoid the amendment.
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Reported incorrect wage amount will the IRS correct it for me?

I put the wrong amount its supposed to be 31119 on Lamberth and son it said 3119  the 1099 for Anthony key is 10,210,00 my wife is 13,182 00 on her 1099 I think it right just the Lamberth  and son w2 wage went in wrong

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Reported incorrect wage amount will the IRS correct it for me?

If you make an error on the tax return, and you file, wait until the IRS has processed it

There is a good chance the IRS will correct it, if the error was entering a tax form (that the IRS gets a copy of) incorrectly. 

 

Try not to amend a tax return until the original has processed. Amending too soon will make the returns cross one-another and can cause confusion. 

 

HOWEVER, if the error will cause you to owe additional tax, make sure you send the tax payment in before the due date of April 15th. You can send a check with your social security number and the tax year written in the memo line on your check or money order. 

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