How Do You File Form 1040X Online?


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Taxpayers cannot file Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, online as of 2015, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Taxpayers must file Form 1040X in hard-copy format by mailing the completed form to the IRS. If the taxpayer is due a refund, the IRS issues a check, as direct deposit of refunds into taxpayer bank accounts is not available with this form.

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Form 1040X allows a taxpayer to amend a Form 1040, Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ, Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ in case he discovers an error after filing. Typical errors include changes in the taxpayer's filing status, income, deductions or credits, explains the IRS. While the IRS makes it easy for taxpayers to file the original individual income tax return electronically using the agency's e-file system, the amended return is not one of the forms included in e-file.

Taxpayers can check the status of Form 1040X three weeks after mailing the return by using the Where's My Amended Return? online tool available on the IRS website or by calling the toll-free IRS telephone number, notes the agency. These tools track amended returns for the current year and up to three prior years and are available in both English and Spanish.

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