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How do I amend my return to claim the Georgia Child and Dependent Care Credit?

SOLVEDby TurboTax10Updated 1 week ago

There’s a possibility that some of our Georgia customers overpaid their 2021 state taxes because they didn’t claim the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

To find out if you’re owed an additional refund, first check your originally filed paper or PDF copy of your return. Then, sign in to the same TurboTax account you used to file your return. If your refund/balance due amount is different than what's on your original return, we recommend you amend your state tax return.

Select your version of TurboTax for step-by-step instructions:

  1. Write down the original refund or balance due amount for your Georgia income taxes. We recommend you check the paper/PDF copy of your return or your banking records to verify the correct amount.
  2. Sign in to the same TurboTax account you used to prepare your 2021 return.
  3. In Tax Home, scroll down to Your tax returns & documents, and choose 2021. Select Amend (change) return and then select Amend Using TurboTax Online.
  4. On the OK, let’s get a kickstart on your 2021 amended return screen, choose TurboTax sent me an email, then Continue.
  5. On the What did we contact you about? screen, choose Something else then Continue.
  6. On the Tell us which returns you want to amend screen, choose 2021 Georgia return. Then Continue.
    • Your state refund/balance due tracker will usually reset to $0. This is normal.
  7. On the Let’s get your state taxes done right screen, select Continue.
  8. On the Let’s Amend Your Georgia Return screen, select Amend.
  9. On the Let’s Amend Your Georgia Return Are you ready to amend your Georgia return now? screen, select Yes, let’s amend and get it done (Recommended), then Continue.
  10. On the Did You File an Amended Federal Return? screen, select No.
  11. On the Are You Amending Because of an IRS Change? screen, select No.
  12. On the Tell Us Why You’re Amending Your Georgia Return screen, enter TO CLAIM CHILD AND DEPENDENT CARE EXPENSE CREDIT, then Continue.
  13. On the Your Original Georgia Refund screen, verify or change the amount based on what you recorded in step 1 and then select Continue.
  14. On the Late Payment Penalties and Interest screen, follow the directions for determining if there is a change in the late penalties and interest, if applicable, and then select Continue.
    • Note: This would only be applicable if there was a balance due on the original return.
  15. On the Let’s Make Sure You’re Ready to Review screen, select Yes, I’ve entered everything and let’s review, then Continue.
  16. On the Smart Check Results screen, select Continue, then Continue again.
  17. On the We’ll run a completecheck scan to finalize screen, select Check my info.
  18. On the You’re good to go! screen, select Continue. You will see a screen with your amended return results. Select Continue.
  19. On the Great job so far! screen, select Continue.
  20. On the Just one more step and we’ll file your return screen, select Start by Step 3 then continue through the screens to e-file your Georgia amended return.

Be sure to Print and Save the amended return for your records.

  1. Write down the original refund or balance due amount for your Georgia 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. Open your 2021 return in TurboTax.
  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. Select the State Taxes tab, and then on the Let’s work on your state return screen, select Continue.
  6. On the Your State Returns screen, select Edit next to Georgia.
  7. On the Your 2021 Georgia taxes are ready for us to check screen, scroll down to Other situations and select Start, then Continue.
  8. On the A few things before we wrap up your state taxes screen, scroll down to Amend a Tax Return and select Start.
  9. On the Amend (Change) a Previous Georgia Return screen, select Amend my 2021 return next to How would you like to continue? then select Continue.
  10. On the About Amending Your Georgia Return screen, select Yes under Are you ready to amend your Georgia return? then Continue.
  11. On the Did You File an Amended Federal Return? screen, select No.
  12. On the Are You Amending Because of an IRS Change? screen, select No.
  13. On the Tell Us Why You’re Amending Your Georgia Return screen, enter TO CLAIM CHILD AND DEPENDENT CARE EXPENSE CREDIT, then Continue.
  14. On the Enter Your Original Georgia Refund or Tax Paid screen, enter the amount of the refund/balance due from step 1 and then select Continue.
  15. On the Late Payment Penalties and Interest screen, follow the directions for determining if there is a change in the late penalties and interest, if applicable, and then select Continue.
    • Note: This would only be applicable if there was a balance due on the original return.
  16. On the Let’s Finish Up Amending Your Georgia Return screen, select Continue.
  17. On the How Do You Want to Amend Your Georgia Return? screen, select Explore on My Own.
  18. On the Your 2021 Georgia taxes are ready for us to check screen, scroll down to the bottom and select Let’s check it over.
  19. On the Smart Check Complete screen, select Continue.
  20. On the You’re Done with 2021 Georgia screen, select Done With States.
  21. On the Let’s make sure your taxes are correct screen, select Continue. Then Continue again.
  22. On the Tax Summary for 2021 screen, your amended Georgia refund will be displayed. Select Continue. Then Continue again.
  23. Continue through the screens, answering as applicable, until you reach the We’re ready to file your taxes screen, then Continue.
  24. On the Select the Returns You’re Ready to E-file screen, select E-file my state amended return now. For the Federal section, select Do not e-file my federal return now, I’ll do it later. Then Continue.
  25. On the Nicely done! Just 3 things to go screen, select Continue to e-file your amended Georgia return.

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: 2021 GA Child and Dependent Care so they know exactly what you’re calling about.

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