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How do I amend a California state return in TurboTax Desktop?

SOLVEDby TurboTaxTurboTax Windows8841Updated April 13, 2022

By the time you get to the Important: Read and Follow Your California Amend Instructions page, we’ve already transferred info from your federal 1040X to your California amended return.

In most cases, we usually don’t need any more info and you can skip to the Review your California amend info section, below.

But if you have additional, California-specific amendments to enter, on the Let's Make Sure You're Ready to Review screen, select No, I still have state amend info to enter and Continue to make your state-specific changes.

When you come to the About Your California Amended Return page, you’ll be able to see the form for your amended return:

  1. Scroll through and carefully look over your amend info and answer any questions that may still need to be answered.
  2. Select Continue after you’re finished looking everything over.
  1. On the Let's Make Sure You're Ready to Review screen, select Yes, I've entered everything and let's review and then select Continue. At this point we may check your California amended return for errors.
  2. Proceed through the review and error-check screens until you reach Just one more step and we'll file your amended returns
  3. Select Start next to Step 3: Get ready to save and file your amended returns
  4. On the next screen, you can choose whether you want to e-file or paper file your amended returns, then Continue
    • If you choose to e-file your amended returns, continue through the screens to sign and transmit your return to the IRS
    • If you choose to file by mail, on the next screen select Print my returns or Save a PDF of my returns to print them later. Be sure to sign and mail your amended return(s) to the mailing address included in the filing instructions, which will print out along with your amended return. The filing instructions will also let you know if you need to attach any other forms to your return.

Note: Be sure to save a copy of your amended tax return. You'll transfer your amended information to next year's version of TurboTax.

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