Can I amend a pending return?
No. Think of pending status as this electronic no-man's land located somewhere between your computer's keyboard and the government's e-file processing system.
Until your return moves into accepted status, you won't be able to amend. In fact, you won't be able to do anything with your return.
So while you're waiting for your return to clear out of no-man's land, here's what you can do:
- First, find out of you even need to amend.
- Keep checking your e-file status or watch your email inbox for a status update.
- Once your return is accepted or Form 1040X is finalized (whichever came later), you can amend.
- Otherwise, if your return gets rejected, just make whatever changes you need to make before you re-send or file your return.