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How do I amend my 2021 state tax return to claim the Maryland Child and Dependent Care Expense Credit?

SOLVEDby TurboTax17Updated 1 month ago

Some Maryland customers might not have claimed the Child and Dependent Care Expense Credit on their 2021 state taxes which may have caused an overpayment of their state taxes.

To find out if you’re owed an additional refund, compare your refund/balance due amount from your original return with what you see now in TurboTax.

Sign in to the TurboTax account you used to prepare your 2021 tax return. If your refund/balance due amount has changed, we recommend you amend your state tax return.

To amend your return, select your product and follow the instructions below.

  1. Write down the original refund or balance due amount for your Maryland income taxes. We recommend you check the paper/PDF copy of your return, or your banking records to verify the correct amount. 
  2. Log in to the TurboTax account where you prepared your 2021 return. In Tax Home, scroll down to Your tax returns & documents, and choose 2021. If you have not already done so, we recommend that you print a copy of your original 2021 tax return for your records by selecting Download/print return. 
  3. Select Amend (change) return and then select Amend Using TurboTax Online.
  4. Check your refund/balance due on your return:
    • If the amount is the same as you wrote down in step 1, the child and dependent care expenses credit was calculated correctly and no amendment is needed. You may stop here.
    • If the amount is different, you will need to amend your state return to receive your child and dependent care expenses credit.  
  5. On the OK, let’s get a kickstart on your 2021 amended return screen, choose TurboTax sent me an email, then Continue.
  6. On the What did we contact you about? screen, choose Something else then Continue.
  7. On the Tell us which 2021 return(s) you want to amend screen, select 2021 Maryland return. Then Continue. Your state refund/balance due tracker will usually reset to $0. This is normal.
  8. On the Let’s get your state taxes done right screen, select Continue.
  9. On the Let’s amend your state taxes screen, select Amend next to Maryland.
  10. On the Let’s Amend Your Maryland Return Are you ready to amend your Maryland return now? screen, select Yes, let’s amend and get it done (Recommended), then Continue.
  11. On the About Your Maryland Amended Return screen, the results of the amendment will be displayed. Scroll down to Part III – Explanation of Changes to Income, Deductions and Credits and enter TO CLAIM CHILD AND DEPENDENT CARE EXPENSES CREDIT. Then Continue.
  12. On the Let’s Make Sure You’re Ready to Review screen, select Yes, I’ve entered everything and let’s review, then Continue.
  13. On the Your 2021 Maryland taxes are ready for us to check screen, select Done with Maryland state taxes.
  14. On the Let’s make sure everything is accurate screen, select Fix Return. Make any corrections that are needed. Once the corrections are complete, you will see the screen We Won’t Be Able to E-file Your Return. Select Continue.
    • Only the state return is being amended so any questions concerning a federal amendment should be answered No.
  15. On the Smart Check Results screen, select Continue, then Continue again.
  16. On the We’ll run a completecheck scan to finalize screen, select Check my info.
  17. On the Your’re just about ready to file. But first…screen, select Continue.
  18. On the Let’s take care of these details now screen, select Review.
  19. On the Here are the results of our final review screen, select Fix Maryland Return
  20. On the We Won’t Be Able to E-file Your Return screen, select Continue. Then Continue again.
  21. On the We still have a couple details to button up screen, select Continue.
  22. On the Here are the numbers for your amended return screen, your refund will be displayed. Select Continue.
  23. On the You’re good to go! screen, select Continue. You will see a screen with your amended return results. Select Continue.
  24. On the Great job so far! screen, select Continue.
  25. On the Just one more step and we’ll file your return screen, select Start by Step 3 then continue through the screens to print and save your Maryland amended return.
  26. Once your tax return has been printed, you need to sign, date and mail the amended return. The mailing address and refund amount is included on the File by Mail Instructions for your 2021 State Amended Tax Return. 
  27. Be sure to Print and Save the amended return for your records.
  1. Write down the original refund or balance due amount for your Maryland state income taxes. We recommend you check the paper/PDF copy of your return(s), or your banking records to verify the correct amount.
  2. Launch TurboTax and open your 2021 return.
  3. Before you make any changes, select File and Save As... then add Amended 2021 return to the file name to preserve your original return.
  4. Select Online and Check for Updates. Allow the program to update if any are available.
  5. Check your refund/balance due on your return:
    • If the amount is the same as you wrote down in step 1, the child and dependent care expenses credit was calculated correctly and no amendment is needed. You may stop here.
    • If the amount is different, you will need to amend your Maryland tax return to receive the child and dependent care expenses credit.  
  6. Select the Federal Taxes tab, (Personal tab if you’re using Home & Business), and then select Other Tax Situations. You may be asked to answer a few preliminary questions before you see a list of categories. Scroll down to Other Tax Forms select Start next to Amend a Return.
  7. On the We’ll help you change (amend) your return screen, select Continue.
  8. On the Did you already file your return? screen, select Yes, I’ve already filed my return. Then select I was contacted by TurboTax and told I may need to amend for some other reason. Then select Continue.
    • Note: The refund meters will reset to -0-. This is normal.
  9. On the What do you need to change on your return? screen, scroll down to the bottom and select Update next to State Return.
  10. On the Let’s work on your state return screen, select Continue.
  11. On the Your State Returns screen, select Edit next to Maryland.
  12. On the Let’s Amend Your Maryland Return screen, select Yes, let’s amend and get it done (Recommended), then Continue.
  13. On the About Your Maryland Amended Return screen, the results of the amendment will be displayed. Scroll down to Part III – Explanation of Changes to Income, Deductions and Credits and enter TO CLAIM CHILD AND DEPENDENT CARE EXPENSES CREDIT. Then Continue.
  14. On the Let’s Make Sure You’re Ready to Review screen, select Yes, I’ve entered everything and let’s review, then Continue.
  15. On the Your 2021 Maryland taxes are ready for us to check screen, select Done with Maryland state taxes.
  16. On the Check This Entry screen, answer the questions that appear with pink boxes highlighted. Remember that your Federal return is not being amended, so answer the questions accordingly. When you are finished answering the questions, select Continue.
  17. On the We Won’t Be Able to E-file Your Return screen, select Continue. Then Continue again.
  18. On the Review Your Return screen, select Continue.
  19. On the Run State Review Again screen, select Run Review Again. Make any corrections that are needed. 
  20. On the Smart Check Complete screen, select Continue.
  21. On the You’re Done with 2021 Maryland screen, select Done With States.
  22. On the Let’s make sure your taxes are correct screen, select Continue. 
  23. On the Let’s Check These Entry screen, select Check Entries. No changes are being made to the Federal return.
  24. On the We Won’t Be Able to E-file Your Return screen, select Continue. Then Continue again.
  25. On the You’re Done! Print and Mail Your Returns screen, follow the instructions to print and save your amended Maryland return.
  26. Once your tax return has been printed, you need to sign, date and mail the amended return. The mailing address and refund amount is included on the File by Mail Instructions for your 2021 State Amended Tax Return. 
  27. Be sure to Print and Save the amended return for your records.

TurboTax has experts available to answer your questions by calling 844-333-2161 (Monday–Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM ET). When you speak with an expert, just mention: Maryland Child & Dependent Care Expenses Credit so they know exactly what you’re calling about.

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