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 2016 tax year returns:
- If you filed on January 31, 2017 (before the April deadline) and owed no tax, you'd have until April 15, 2020 to file an amended 2016 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, 2017), you'd have 3 years from that date to file an amendment (May 1, 2020 in this example).
- If you filed on March 21, 2017 and paid additional tax due on that date, you'd have until March 21, 2020 to file an amended 2016 return.
- This is because 3 years from the filing date (March 21, 2020) is later than 2 years from the payment date (March 21, 2019).
- If you filed on April 18, 2017 but didn't pay the additional tax due until December 31 of 2018, you'd have until December 31, 2020 to file an amended 2016 return.
- That's because 2 years from the payment date (December 31, 2020) is later than 3 years from the filing date (April 18, 2020).