What does it mean to "amend" a return?
Although many taxpayers equate "amending" with "changing," the word "amend" has a very specific, narrowly-defined meaning in the world of taxes:
Amend (verb) – To make changes to an e-filed return that has either been accepted by the government or a paper return that has already been mailed. An amendment must be filed on a specific tax form created exclusively for that purpose (for example, Form 1040X is used to amend federal 1040-EZ, 1040-A, and 1040 returns).
According to this definition, making changes to a return that hasn't been accepted or mailed yet is – well – making changes to a return that hasn't been accepted or mailed yet.