An amendment should be filed only if the IRS or state has already accepted your return and you need to make changes due to an error, omission, or legislative update.
When you originally filed your return, you were prompted to print your return during the filing steps. You should always print and save a copy of your return, as that is your only record of the return as it was originally filed. If you didn’t print or save your return when you filed, you will need to obtain a copy from the IRS or your state tax agency before continuing.
Once you have a printed copy of your original return, go back to the Q&A and make the needed changes. Make a note of each change and the reason; you’ll need these notes to complete Form 1040-X Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
Items changed on your federal return may automatically transfer information to your state return.
If you receive an error when accessing Amend Federal Return that states you must first complete the filing steps prior to amending the return, click the Filing down the left to expand, then click Print Return. You'll need to go all the way through this process until it actually prints the return (you don't need to print on paper, just clicking to view it is sufficient). Once you do this, you can click Filing to expand, then click Amend Federal Return to continue.
If you choose to mail Form 1040-X, print the amended return and mail it to the IRS. Attach any required accompanying documents, such as forms created in the return due to the changes made, or any documentation that would support the changes made (corrected Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement).
Anyone can file an amendment with TaxAct, even if they used a different provider or mailed in their original return. If you didn’t file your original return with TaxAct, TaxAct won’t have your original figures. You must re-create your original return as it was submitted to the IRS or state. Once your return looks like the original, you can begin the amendment process.
Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.