How do you amend taxes

how do you amend taxes

Amended Return Fees,

Why they are so expensive!

Many people want to know why it is so expensive to amend a return. I will tell you the prices vary greatly, depending on several factors, so let us look at some of the reasons. There are three basics which will dictate price. First is ' who did the return , ' the second is what type of 'Firm' did or was used, and the third is 'How much effort' , will it take to correct it. Since all of these factors will define the cost of the amended tax return, so let us first understand what must be done, because each of these factors will play out in understanding why it can cost a so much.

First, when one amends or corrects a income tax return, several events must happen. One, it has to be re-entered into a tax program as it was originally sent, which can be quite daunting especially if the tax program auto corrects all entries. Not every program is over ride friendly and depending on what year it is, the person doing the amend may not necessarily have that year tax program on their computer, so you may have to pay addition for them to load it. This is very common, especially for income tax returns over three years old. You will usually be billed for the return at the current price, this is the price the firm or person would charge for that return if they were to do it now, so remember, what you originally paid last year or several years earlier, would be billed out at this year's prices.

In some cases, expect sticker shock which can easily happen. Imagine if you called several firms a few years ago and asked how much it would cost and someone told you $350. You refused to pay it so you went and bought a tax program for $30 and did your own taxes. Now you come to find out that some mistakes were made but if you correct them you can get back several thousand dollars. The problem is you do not know how to do an amend and the other forms needed are well over your head and you know you need professional help. That $350 return from yesterday is now $550 and then there is the cost of the return. Also, as I mentioned before, expect to be charged extra if they had to load a program to do the amend.

This is just the beginning of expensive. After the return is entered into the tax program as it was original done, incorrectly (someone will pay for that) it is then corrected which usually means more forms, and more forms means, more money, (someone will pay for that) .

Third, after all of that is done and it is corrected, the information is placed onto a 1040X which is the form the IRS uses to process amended returns. (Someone will pay for that) . Of course there is even more to pay for; have we forgotten about our state?

You only have to amend the State if there is a change in State income tax or "other tax" liability. If there is no change, then you only required to notify the State that you have amended your federal return but that there is no change on the State return. If this sounds complicated, it really isn't. Simply send a statement to the State and say, "Amend Federal, no change to the State". Trust me, the State will figure it out.

But what if there is a change in state tax liability? Then you get to amend it and guess what? If you only have to amend a State, you get to pay for everything because all States are based upon the Federal so to correct a State, you have to do the Federal. (Some one will pay for that.)

A word of caution: Beware of amended returns, as I have been in this business over 29 years, and have seen two types of amends. The first is semi scamy and the second is real legitimate.

Let us take a look at the scamy ones. Here is an example of how they work. Free review of you taxes and a promise to get you money back: You may have paid $350 to have the income tax return done, but you go somewhere else, to have them give you a free look. They tell you they can probably get you back $850, sounds good so you say 'ok'. Of course they explain what has to be done and they charge you a huge amount to reconstruct the return and more for the amended return. Then will have the check sent to them and you can pay when they get your money. When the check comes in, they will go to the Bank with you. You don't care because you just got $200 in free money.

Know this: It is illegal for a income tax preparer to charge a percentage of your refund as a fee for preparing your taxes. It is not illegal for them to charge a percentage of an amended income tax return as a fee for doing an amend.

Then there is the legitimate one where you just got a letter form the IRS saying you owe $12499, Now you have a problem and you need real help.

Depending on where you go, what if they lower your liability and you owe the IRS $400 instead of a $12499. You will pay the $650 for the amend and you still owe $400. You are out $1050, this may sound bad but when the letter you got from the IRS said you owed $12499, it is not so bad after all.

Now let us look at the difference in amending returns.

As I mentioned earlier the 'person who did the return' is a great factor, first, because they already have the return on their computer, they really do not have much or anything to enter, so that should save you a buck or two. An example would be the $650. If I did the return, you would pay $150, because I did do the return and I already have most of the information, so I will only be doing corrections, Rarely would I make you pay for extra forms unless they are major forms and would have added to the cost of the original return, and even then you would only pay the difference. Remember this is me and I own my firm and can set the prices as I see fit. Most others can not.

Here is where a major problem can exist. What if the person was just so bad and incompetent you do not want them to do anything for you. What do you do, and where do you go? You should now understand the importance of 'who did the return'?

Next I mentioned the 'Firm ', who did the return or is doing the amend. If you take it back to a reputable firm and it is the preparers mistake, they should do it for free, I know I would. If it was your mistake, but you can find a way to blame the tax preparer (happens all of the time) the firm usually will do it for free, sometimes I will and sometimes I won’t.

But if you were so disgusted with the firm and go else where, remember what the others will have to do, and that is recreate the income tax return in it's entirety, make the corrections and that will not be done for free. I would hope you understand the importance of the firm you use as well as who did the return.

Finally, we add, 'how much effort' is going to be required to do this. This is where you may be redirected to other sources for your amend. Many simply will not want to do it regardless of how much they charge. They can see the hassle from the IRS coming and will walk away. This is very true, much more so than the average client could possibly be aware of. Tax professionals thinking is 'what is the point' , when you cry about the fee they charge. They also know the IRS will audit this, and they know you will come back whining and crying, blaming them for everything that went, wrong. They will want no part of this and they will walk away from you. This happens all of the time too, so do not, for one second, believe that anyone will do an amended tax return, because many will not.

If experience has taught me anything, it has taught me to know when to walk and believe me when I say I walk, I walk, leaving the fee for someone else. Yes $500 is a nice fee but many times, maybe too many times, the hassle I see coming simply makes it not worth it. here is my point. We know you will be audited and we do not want to be part of the audit.

Here is some more information you may find useful to know. Speaking of hassles, many Attorney's, CPA's, EA's, and others, will no longer represent anyone at the IRS or the FTB. It simple is not worth the hassle, time or energy. I myself stopped, and will only represent people who are referred to me by an Attorney or CPA and I mean they must be referred.

Let us recap what we have read;

Why is it expensive?

One, the return must be reconstructed, someone must pay for that .

Next, it must be corrected and other forms may be necessary, someone will pay for that.

Next, once it is corrected it must be shown on a special IRS form and someone will pay for that.

And to make your day even happier, if you amend the Federal you usually must amend the State and guess what? Someone must pay for that.

I sure hope you are not the someone who must pay.

Here is the joke of all of this.

Who is going to do the amend for you? You have paid the price by trying to save yourself some money either doing it yourself or you used someone who simply was not that good and maybe was just cheap to use. Now you will pay again, big time, because the IRS is after you, and the State will follow the IRS. Now you know what will happen if you use someone cheap and you know there is a chance you may be audited. So again I ask, 'W ho is going to do your amend?'

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When you have a tax “oops” you fix it by filing an Amended Tax Return, form 1040X.

Mistakes happen. You file your return and later get a W2 in the mail for a job you had forgotten about. Maybe your investment firm sent you an amended 1099 because your interest income they reported was wrong. Or maybe you were talking to a friend and learned about a deduction that you should have been claiming for the past three years and you’d like a refund. What do you do?

It’s easy, you need to file an amended return, the form is called a 1040X and you can find it on the IRS website:

An amended return can’t be filed electronically like a regular return. You must mail it in and it’s going to take about 12 weeks to process. That’s a bummer if you’re expecting a refund, but that’s the way it works. If your regular return had a refund, make sure you wait until you’ve received the first refund before you file the amended return. (If they start processing the amended return before your original refund gets paid, it can mess up you getting the original refund. You don’t want that to happen now do you?)

If you have more than one tax return that needs to be amended, you must file separate returns for each year and mail them in separate envelopes. For example, say you found out that you had missed a $1000 deduction on your Schedule A every year and you’re in the 25% tax bracket. You can’t just put $3000 on this year’s return for a $750 refund. You’ll have to amend 2010, 2009, and 2008 separately and you’ll receive three checks for $250 each. It’s too late now to claim a refund that should have gone on 2007.

When you amend your tax return, you’ll have to send in the schedules of anything that changed. In the example above, the thing that changed was on the schedule A, so that form would also have to be attached. Don’t attach any forms that didn’t change. Warning: for many folks, a change in one part of your tax return can cause a change somewhere else-most notably on your schedule A. Before you actually mail anything in, go over it carefully to see if you have any unexpected changes.

When you file a 1040X, make sure you check the box for the tax year that you’re amending. That’s a pretty common mistake. The IRS can’t process the return if they don’t know what year it’s for.

When not to file an amended return: You don’t need to file an amended return for a basic math mistake. The IRS will automatically fix that for you. You also don’t need to file an amended return if your original was missing a schedule. That’s where you get a letter from the IRS saying that you claimed something on your return but that you’re missing the supporting documents. A common example of that would be a capital gain of $2000 on your return, but there’s no schedule D to back it up. You don’t need to amend the return, just mail them the schedule D. The IRS will ask you for whatever schedule they’re looking for, you won’t have to guess at what’s missing.

I’ve talked a lot about filing an amended return because of a refund. Sometimes when you file an amended return you’re going to owe. If you have a balance due, mail the payment check with your 1040X. The IRS will probably send you a bill for interest and maybe even penalties depending upon how much you owed. Be prepared for that.

Often times, people are thinking about filing amended returns because they received an IRS letter. Sometimes, you don’t need to amend, just pay the tax. Sometimes, you really need to amend because you shouldn’t have to pay the tax but you need to submit more information. Sometimes, you don’t need to amend and you don’t need to pay the tax—the IRS made a mistake and they just need to have it pointed out to them. Before you start writing that check, get a professional opinion–you want to pay your fair share, not more than you owe.

What you should know about filing an amended tax return

How do you amend taxes

Even taxpayers who filed by April 15 may not be done wrangling with Uncle Sam any time soon.

The reason: They're amending their return. In most cases, the IRS gives taxpayers three years from the date they filed their original return, including extensions, to make changes. Regardless of what form you initially filed, and how, federal income tax amendments must be submitted via paper using form 1040X. Each state has its own forms and procedures.

"It's not extremely common, but it's certainly not rare, either," said Melissa Labant, director of tax advocacy for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Last April, the IRS said it expected that almost 5 million taxpayers—about 4 percent of the 131.2 million returns received—would file an amended return.

Although the IRS has not yet released estimates for this year, spokesman Eric Smith said it's likely to be a figure similar to last year's. "It's not unusual for there to be 3 to 4 percent of returns, sometimes a little more, amended in a given year," he said. By April 17, according to its latest report, the agency had received nearly 132.3 million individual returns, 0.8 percent more than last year.

"We have an amended return for the same reason pencils have erasers," said Smith. "We all make mistakes. … It's a mechanism to fix what's wrong."

Reasons why a taxpayer might amend an income tax return filed this year, or even in previous years, vary widely. Sometimes it's as simple as a 1099, K-1 or other tax form that arrives or is corrected after you've already filed, said Barbara Weltman, a tax and business attorney based in Vero Beach, Florida. Or maybe you realize you forgot to claim a valuable deduction. Worthless securities and bad debts also merit an amendment, she said—in which case, taxpayers have up to seven years to go back and claim the loss.

Other circumstances are tied to specific events and rule changes. For example, after the Treasury Department and the IRS ruled in 2013 that married same-sex couples would be treated as married for federal tax purposes, those couples could opt to amend returns filed up to three previous years. Victims of some natural disasters may also be able to amend their prior year's return to include the losses, said Smith, which can result in a faster refund than waiting until the next filing season.

"It's a relatively simple process to file an amended return if you have the corrected information," said Labant. The three-column Form 1040X has taxpayers copy line items from their original return, noting which should be corrected and the net change. There's a section to explain why you're amending the return. Taxpayers should also attach any documents supporting the change (i.e., that missing charitable donation receipt or corrected 1099).

There's good reason to file an amendment quickly if you suspect you owe the IRS more. "It stops the clock on penalties," said Weltman. "It behooves you to not wait until the IRS catches you." (Keep in mind, in most cases the IRS can audit returns filed within the last three years, or up to six if a taxpayer fails to report 25 percent of more of his income.) But if you made a simple math error, there's usually no need to amend the return, she said—the IRS's computers usually catch that quickly and generate a notice with your corrected bill.

Of course, a refund is also good reason to file an amended return. In that case, weigh your time and money costs in refiling against the potential gain, said Labant. "It may not be worth your while," she said. "Why spend a buck to get back a quarter? That's going to vary on a case-by-case basis."

If the government owes you, don't expect to get that money any time soon. While the IRS has said it issues most tax season refunds within 21 days of receipt, that's for original returns only. "You should generally allow 8 to 12 weeks for Form 1040X to be processed," it notes in the instructions. "However, in some cases, processing could take up to 16 weeks."

"We very much have a priority during the tax season for current year, original returns," Smith said. "Amended returns are a somewhat lower priority." Paper returns also contribute to the lag, he said, because they must be reviewed by a person rather than a computer.

how do you amend taxes

Posted on July 1, 2015, by Admin, in Uncategorized, tagged

Tax returns are becoming more and more complex on an annual basis. There are more forms to fill, more information to give and it always seems that there is not enough time to get it all done. It is therefore not surprising that you may make a mistake on your tax returns, particurly when there is a change in your financial status.

As this is such a common occurrence, the IRS has come up with a way to amend your tax returns. You can choose to either pay any extra money you owe as tax or get a refund for the extra money that you paid as tax. The IRS, however, does not allow you to file your amended tax return online; you have to do so through email.

To change your tax return, fill form 1040X and send it to IRS. This is the form that reveals the changes that you are making, which amend the tax return that you filed. You are also required to attach any forms, schedules and documents that are being changed as per the amendment.

How far back can you amend tax returns?

The IRS is strict on how far back one can amend their tax returns, whether you are seeking a refund, or you owe tax. The timeframe is usually 3 years after the due date of the original return or 2 years since you paid tax.

How can I amend tax returns for multiple years?

If you are filing an amendment return that spans more than one year, then you need to fill in separate 1040X form for each return. Once filled, these forms should be mailed in separate envelopes. Each envelope should be addressed to the appropriate IRS processing center. Where necessary, attach any other relevant forms.

How do I indicate the year that I am looking to amend?

At the top of the 1040X form, there is a section where you can write down which tax year you are seeking to amend. It is important to write the correct year, as tax calculations change from one year to the next. If you need information on the prior year instructions, you can access the IRS website where they are available. You will also find relevant tax tables and forms.

What is reported in the amendment?

The amendment should be filled when you want to report changes in your status, deductions, credits or income. Note that you do not need to file an amendment in order to correct a mathematical error that you made while filing your returns or in order to include some of the documents you forgot to include while filing for your returns.

Checking the status of your amended return

You are allowed to email your amended returns after which you can check the status online using the ‘where is my amended return’ tool from IRS website. According to the IRS, the filed amended return could take three weeks before it appears on their database and eight to twelve weeks before it is processed.

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