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Deadline for Filiing your ERC

December 29, 20232 min read

Navigating the Deadline: Essential Tips for Filing an Amended Tax Return for ERC

As the tax season unfolds, taxpayers who discover errors or omissions in their tax returns have the option to correct them through an amended tax return. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides crucial tips for those needing to make corrections, particularly for those aiming to claim the Employee Retention Credit (ERC).

1. Utilize Paper Forms:

To correct tax returns, taxpayers must use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. It's important to note that amended returns cannot be filed electronically. The form is available on IRS.gov/forms, and taxpayers should mail it to the address specified in the instructions.

2. Amend for Correction:

File an amended tax return to rectify errors or make changes to the original filing. This includes adjustments to filing status, income, deductions, or credits.

3. Skip for Math Errors or Missing Forms:

Amending is not necessary for math errors on the original return as the IRS automatically corrects them. Similarly, if taxpayers forgot to attach forms like W-2 or schedules, the IRS will send a request rather than requiring an amended return.

4. File Within the Time Limit:

Taxpayers generally have three years from the original filing date to submit Form 1040X for a refund. If the tax payment date is later, they can file it within two years from the tax payment date.

5. Separate Forms for Each Year:

Taxpayers amending multiple returns must file a separate Form 1040X for each tax year. Using separate envelopes for each year's form helps avoid confusion.

6. Attach Additional Forms with Changes:

For changes using other IRS forms or schedules, taxpayers must attach them to Form 1040X.

7. Wait for Corrected Refund for Tax Year 2017:

Taxpayers anticipating refunds from their original tax year 2017 return should wait before filing Form 1040X for an additional refund. Amended returns for this year may take up to 16 weeks to process.

8. Pay Additional Tax Promptly:

If taxpayers owe additional tax, filing Form 1040X and paying the tax promptly is crucial to avoid penalties and interest. IRS Direct Pay is a recommended method for secure and cost-free payments directly from a checking or savings account.

9. Track Amended Return:

Taxpayers can track the status of their amended tax return approximately three weeks after filing using 'Where’s My Amended Return?' This tool is available in multiple languages and allows tracking for the current year and up to three previous years.

As taxpayers navigate the intricacies of filing amended tax returns, these tips serve as a valuable guide to ensure a smooth and accurate process, especially for those eyeing the potential benefits of the ERC. For further details and resources, refer to the official IRS guidelines [here](https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tips-for-taxpayers-who-have-to-amend-a-tax-return).

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