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Rules for Amending Tax Returns

Nobody is perfect and mistakes happen, even on tax returns. Individuals may discover they didn’t claim all the credits or deductions for which they were eligible, forgot to claim income, or just made an error in addition or subtraction. Sometimes employers issue a corrected W2, which means the amounts used to file taxes are incorrect. All of those situations are good reasons to file an amended tax return.

Paper Copies

Don’t start over and try filing an entirely new tax return. The bad news is that individuals can’t e-file an amended return – it has to be a paper copy that’s mailed to the IRS. Individuals will also need to amend their state return. It’s best to seek the assistance of a tax professional for an amended tax return or if a superseding return is an option.

Time Limit

People that file an amended tax form must do so within 3 years from the date they filed the original return, or within 2 years from the date any tax was due – whichever is later. It can take up to 16 weeks for the IRS to process an amended return.

Additional Forms

It will also require filing additional IRS forms. A tax professional will know which IRS forms are applicable, based on the client’s particular situation. There are some special due dates that apply in the event of a natural disaster, service or injury in a combat one foreign tax credits, bad debts, and net operating losses.

The IRS will often catch simple errors and correct them. If a balance is owed due to the error or mistake, the IRS will send the taxpayer a letter indicating the nature of the problem and how much is owed.

Amended Returns & Audits

When filing an amended tax return, individuals can’t pick and choose the items to change or those that will obtain a bigger refund. Changes affect the entire return. Taxpayers should be aware that there’s a greater chance of being audited if they file an amended return.

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Tax Extension

Reasons to File a Tax Extension

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, many forward-looking individuals are already thinking about their tax return. Even though federal tax returns are due on April 15, there are a variety of legitimate reasons why individuals may want to file for an extension on their taxes. For those that file an extension, be aware that the deadline for paying their taxes is Oct. 15.

Incomplete Documentation

The IRS requires documentation of all earnings and individuals may not have it. They may have lost their W2 from an employer and be waiting for a copy or the documentation. Though it doesn’t happen often, forms may be lost in the mail. It’s far better to file for an extension and wait for the W2 or other forms. It’s not uncommon for documents such as Form 1099 or Schedule K-1 to be late.

Life Events

Natural disasters, a death in the family, or severe illness are also reasons for filing an extension. Filing taxes is something that requires an individual’s full attention and any of those situations are distractions that aren’t conducive to filing tax returns.

Tax Savings

In some instances, an extension can be a strategic money-saving decision for converting an IRA. Taxpayers can perform a Roth IRA conversion, and while they’ll still have to pay taxes on it, the advantage is that individuals can take tax-free deductions from the IRA in the future. Filing an extension makes good business sense.

Procrastinators

A number of individuals simply run out of time to file due to procrastination. The IRS won’t ask individuals to supply a reason for late filing, but for those that insist on waiting until the last moment, an extension does give them some breathing room.

Fees and Penalties

Even if a taxpayer files an extension on their taxes and doesn’t file by the extension deadline, they’ll still be subject to fees and penalties. The IRS will charge 1½ percent for each month the taxes aren’t paid after the filing deadline has passed. For those that don’t file a return at all by the extension date, the penalty increases to 5 percent per month and can reach a maximum of 25 percent.

At Peavy and Associates PC our mission is to assist you with all your tax preparations, payroll and accounting needs.  We provide our clients with professional, personalized accounting services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs. Give us a call today and discover why our clients return to Peavy and Associates, PC year after year!

 

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