How to Check Status on Amended Individual Income Tax Refund

by Alia Nikolakopulos

    Tax refunds from amended returns take a lot longer to process than you may be accustomed to. When you file a regular return, the Internal Revenue Service usually only takes one to three weeks to process it, depending on whether you file by mail or electronically. Amended returns can take several weeks, or even a couple of months or longer. With the extended processing time for amendments, many taxpayers get curious about the status of any expected refunds. Questions about the money coming to you can be answered with a phone call to the IRS.

    Step 1

    Check the date you filed your amended return. The Internal Revenue Service usually takes 8 to 12 weeks to process amended returns. Wait at least 8 weeks after you file to check on the status of your refund.

    Step 2

    Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. As of publication, the IRS does not provide refund information from amended returns online.

    Step 3

    Listen to the prompts and select the number that indicates your question can’t be addressed through other voice prompts. If you select the “Refund” prompt from the voice menu, you’ll be taken to an automated menu that gives the same information available through the online refund status menu. Since amended return information isn’t available online, you won’t be able to get the information you need from the selection. Your call will be routed to a live agent.

    Step 4

    Tell the agent you need the status of your refund from an amended return. The agent will confirm that you filed Form 1040X and ask for the date you mailed it. The agent will also verify your identity by Social Security number, birth date and filing status. Once your identity is confirmed, the agent will let you know if your return has been received and the status of its processing. If the return has been processed, the agent can give you a date when the IRS expects to send your check. The IRS does not send refunds from amended returns by direct deposit – you will receive a paper check at the address provided on Form 1040X.

    About the Author

    With a background in taxation, Alia Nikolakopulos specializes in business and personal finance topics. She is an IRS enrolled agent pursuing a Bachelor of Science in accounting and journalism at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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