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I made a mistake and got more refund than I should. What should I do?

Tax_questionQ) I made a mistake and got more refund than I should. What do I do?

A) According to the IRS: Many mistakes are corrected in processing and a letter of explanation is mailed at the time the refund is issued.

If the mistake was not corrected in processing, you need to:

  • File an amended or corrected return using Form 1040X (PDF), Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, as soon as possible.
  • Include copies of any schedules that have been changed or any Form(s) W-2 (PDF) you did not include.
  • If you return the refund check with a letter of explanation, a refund in the correct amount will be issued when the IRS processes the amended return.
  • Write “Void” in the endorsement section of the check, and return the check with a letter of explanation to the Service Center where you file your amended return as soon as possible to minimize the interest charges.
  • Allow the IRS 8-12 weeks to process the amended return.




 

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139 Responses to Click to Tell Us Your Experience At Your Local Tax Office

  1. What kind of insanity is it that the only tax office in San Diego is essentially located on an island with no dock?

    Who could possibly think that combining both federal tax agency with Immigration and not provide sufficient parking was a good idea?

    Did the planners fail first grade math? How could they not count how many people would be working and using services in the building and provide accessible parking?

    To compound their planning disaster, they put in a single security check point. It is rather like building a bathroom with the only access being a tiny dog door.

    The IRS should open some satellite branches people can actually access.

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