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What's the deadline for an amended return?

You must usually file an amended return by the later of these dates:

  • Three years from the time you filed your original return
  • Two years from the date you paid the taxes on your return

However, in special situations, you can file your amended return on these dates:

  • File within three years from the extended due date for a year you either:
    • Carried forward a net operating loss (NOL)
    • Carried back a credit resulting from a NOL carryback
  • File within seven years to request a refund due to either of these:
    • Worthless security
    • Nonbusiness bad debt

You must file within seven years of the due date of the return for the year when the security or bad debt became worthless.

You can’t file an amended return for a balance due on a closed year. You can't amend returns in a closed year. If you do, the IRS might either:

  • Accept the payment
  • Notify you that the tax year is closed

 

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