The possible mistakes on a federal income tax return is fixed by amending the tax return. If you overpaid taxes due to an error or didn’t know you were eligible for a certain tax deduction or credit, you can amend a tax return to make corrections.
There are so many instances where you can amend a tax return. Since any error on a federal income tax return can cause you to underpay or overpay taxes, amending a tax return is the only way to fix it. Generally, you need to file Form 1040-X to amend a tax return.
The most common reason why taxpayers amend a federal income tax return is listed below.
- Missing Deduction
- Missing Credit
- Mistakes on Form W-4
- Received another tax form that reports income after filing your return
- Forgot reporting additional income earned
- Wrong filing status used on federal income tax return
- Someone claimed your child as a dependent
When is amending a tax return due?
The Internal Revenue Service requires that you should amend a tax return within three years from the date you filed the original return or within two years of the date making the tax payment.
If your tax return is too late to amend it, the Internal Revenue Service may not let you amend the original tax return. Doing an examination of your prior year tax returns is always a good place to start whether or not you need to amend a tax return. Although you surely file your tax return very carefully, with the changing tax laws, it might be quite hard to catch up on what went right and what went wrong on your tax return.
Taxpayers who need to amend a tax return in the upcoming tax season needs to file the 2021 Form 1040 X. The instructions along with where you need to mail it can be found in the article we’ve covered it.