The Internal Revenue Service reports that more forms can now be amended electronically. These include people filing corrections to the Form 1040-NR, U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return and Forms 1040-SS, U.S. Self-Employment Tax Return (Including the Additional Child Tax Credit for Bona Fide Residents of Puerto Rico), and Forms 1040-PR, Self-Employment Tax Return – Puerto Rico.
“This initiative has come a long way from 2020 when we first launched the ability to file amended returns, which was an important milestone to help taxpayers and the tax community,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in a news release. “This new feature will further help people needing to make corrections. This development will also assist the IRS with its inventory work on the current backlog of amended returns. This is another tool we’re using to help get us back on track.”
Additionally, a new, electronic checkbox has been added for Forms 1040/1040-SR, 1040-NR, and 1040-SS/1040-PR to indicate that a superseding return is being filed electronically. A superseded return is filed after the originally filed return but submitted before the due date, including extensions.
Taxpayers can also amend their returns electronically if there is a change to their filing status or add a dependent who was previously claimed on another return.
About 3 million Forms 1040-X are filed by taxpayers each year. Taxpayers can still use the Where’s My Amended Return? online tool to check the status of their electronically-filed Form 1040-X.
Forms 1040 and 1040-SR can still be amended electronically for tax years 2019, 2020, and 2021 along with amended Form 1040-NR and corrected Forms 1040-SS and Form 1040-PR for the tax year 2021.
In general, taxpayers still have the option to submit a paper version of Form 1040-X and should follow the instructions for preparing and submitting the paper form, the news release added.
The IRS continues to look at this important area, and more enhancements are planned for the future.