Is it always a good idea to amend your tax return if you find an error?
There's usually an element of relief after your annual tax return has been filed. But what do you do if you find an error on your tax return? Should you always file an amended return? Here are some things to consider.
Errors in the IRS's favor
Errors discovered that lead to an additional tax obligation are legally required to be fixed by filing an amended tax return. This is especially true if the discovered error is from missing information found on a Form 1099 or a Form W-2. Why? This information is being reported to the IRS and matching programs will typically catch the error. The sooner you amend your return and pay the tax the lower the possible interest and penalties.
Errors that result in a lower tax liability
If correcting the error or omission results in a large additional refund, the answer is usually obvious. File the amended return. But this is not always the case.
While finding an error or omission on your tax return can be unsettling, rest assured there are ways to fix the problem, but it is often worth taking a balanced approach to determine the best solution.
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