Mapping Your Future: Taxpayers will soon be able to file amended tax returns electronically


Taxpayers will soon be able to file amended tax returns electronically

By Catherine Mueller

June 11, 2020

If you've ever had to tell a student or parent that their income tax return must be amended in order to receive financial aid, you will soon be able tell them they can do that electronically.

Later this summer, for the first time taxpayers will be able to file their Form 1040-X, Amended U.S Individual Income Tax Return electronically, according to an announcement by the IRS.

In the announcement, the IRS said this new functionality will greatly benefit the tax professional community and taxpayers. "The new electronic option will allow the IRS to receive amended returns faster while minimizing errors normally associated with manually completing the form. It will also provide the IRS with more complete and accurate data to help customer service representatives answer taxpayer questions."

When the electronic filing option becomes available, taxpayers will only be able to amend tax year 2019 Forms 1040 and 1040-SR returns electronically. In general, taxpayers will still have the option to submit a paper version of the Form 1040-X and should follow the instructions for preparing and submitting the paper form.

Whether an amended return is filed electronically or manually, taxpayers can still use the "Where's My Amended Return?" online tool to check the status of their amended return.