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Mistakes Happen

Updated: May 19

Don't freak out, consider whether or not you need to file an amended return.

Should I file an amended tax return?

You've meticulously filled out and submitted your taxes. But there was still a mistake (or two) OH NO!

Don't freak out.

First-- what sort of mistake was it?

If it was...

A. a math error

B. you forgot to attach a form or schedule

Then you don't need to file an amended return. The IRS can fix simple math errors. And if they need a form from you, they will send a letter asking for it.

If it was...

If there was a change of:

  • Filing status

  • Income

  • Deductions

  • Credits

  • Tax liability

Then yes, you should file an amended return.