Tax Return Rejected When You e-File?

When you e-file, the IRS requires you to follow a strict set of rules. If those rules aren’t followed to the letter, your tax return will be rejected. If your tax return was rejected, it could be due to a number of reasons – such as missing information.

However, there could be another issue, like a name or number that doesn’t match up with the data the IRS already has on file. We’ll notify you if your return is rejected, and if it’s something you can correct, we’ll tell you how to fix the issue.

What Do I Do If My Tax Return Is Rejected?

If your return is rejected due to a typo or a misspelling, you can fix your return, and then re-submit it to the IRS:

  1. Choose Overview at the top of the screen in your H&R Block Online product.
  2. Go to Check Status or Next Steps.
  3. Choose Details about the Rejection and Fix Issues to correct any problems.

After you’ve updated your return, you can choose Continue to File. If that doesn’t appear as an option, it means there are still additional issues that you need to look at and fix. Choose Next Issue to fix any of these remaining problems.

Once you’ve corrected all the issues, we’ll ask you how you want to re-file your return. Go ahead and choose the e-file option. Follow the additional steps on the next few screens to re-file your rejected tax return.

If you find that all of your information, such as your birthday and Social Security number, is correct, then you should contact the IRS and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify their records.

You can reach them by calling:

  • IRS — 800-829-1040
  • SSA — 800-772-1213

Other Reasons Your Tax Return Might Have Been Rejected

It’s also possible your tax return was rejected due to someone fraudulently filing a return with your SSN. If this is the case, you might be required to print and mail your corrected return. Contact the IRS to verify.

Remember, if your original return was filed by the due date and was rejected, there’s no need for you to worry. The IRS considers your return on time as long as you made the corrections and file it again within five business days.

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