Can I get an extension for amending a return?
No, 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 2018 tax year returns:
- If you filed on January 31, 2019 (before the April deadline) and owed no tax, you'd have until April 15, 2022 to file an amended 2018 return.
- This is because returns filed on or before the April deadline are considered to have been filed on the deadline.
- However, if you filed after the April deadline (say, on May 1, 2019), you'd have three years from that date to file an amendment (May 1, 2022 in this example).
- If you filed on March 21, 2019 and paid additional tax due on that date, you'd have until March 21, 2022 to file an amended 2018 return.
- This is because three years from the filing date (March 21, 2022) is later than two years from the payment date (March 21, 2021).
- If you filed on April 15, 2019 but didn't pay the additional tax due until December 31 of 2020, you'd have until December 31, 2022 to file an amended 2018 return.
- That's because two years from the payment date (December 31, 2022) is later than three years from the filing date (April 15, 2022).