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I need to amend my state return

SOLVEDby TurboTax2792Updated May 04, 2022

In TurboTax, you can amend your state return without filing an amendment for your federal. 

But, if you need to amend your federal return, the changes that you make to your federal return will automatically be transferred to your state return.  

If you only need to make specific changes to the state return, review the directions for either TurboTax Online or TurboTax CD/Download.

Select your version for instructions:

  1. Sign in to your TurboTax account if you're not already signed in
  2. On the home screen, locate the Your tax returns & documents section and select Amend (change) return, then Amend using TurboTax Online
  3. On the screen OK, let's get a kickstart on your 2021 amended return, select The IRS or state sent me a notice (this will allow you to amend only your state return without making changes to your federal) and Continue
  4. On the next screen, select Something Else and Continue
  5. On the screen Tell us which 2021 return(s) you want to amend, select 2021 state (Note: If you only need to amend a state return, only select state for the tax year you are amending)
  6. Continue until you reach the screen Let's Amend your State Taxes. Select Amend next to your state return, and continue through the screens to make your amendments

Keep in mind: When you start amending, it's normal and expected for your refund meter to reset to $0. We'll calculate any additional refund or taxes owed when you're finished amending. This amount, if any, is separate from the amount on your originally filed return.

  1. Open the TurboTax CD/Download software
  2. On the home screen, locate Need to File an Amended Return? in the lower left of your screen and select Amend a Filed Return
  3. Select Amend for the return you need to amend
  4. Select Continue on the We’ll help you change (amend) your return screen
  5. Select Yes, I’ve already filed my return
  6. Choose the option that best applies when asked Tell us a little more about your amend situation. (For the 2021 tax year, choose I need to amend my 2021 return)
  7. On the next screen, select Update next to State Return
  8. Continue through the screens until you reach Let's Amend your Return. Select Yes, let's amend and get it done, then Continue
  9. Continue through the screens to make the necessary changes to your state return

The steps above will generate a 1040-X (Amended Return) for the state you are amending.

Keep in mind: When you start amending, it's normal and expected for your refund meter to reset to $0. We'll calculate any additional refund or taxes owed when you're finished amending. This amount, if any, is separate from the amount on your originally filed return.

If you need to amend a prior-year state return, visit this article for more info.

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