I filed my return but what should I do if I made a mistake or moved and what records should I keep? The IRS knew you would want to know so they recently published these tips.
What Happens after I File?
|IRS Tax Tip 2011-76, April 18, 2011Now that the federal income tax filing deadline is in your rear-view mirror, what happens after you file? A lot of taxpayers have post tax-filing questions such as what records do I keep and more importantly, “Where’s my Refund?” The IRS has answers for you below.
You can go online to check the status of your 2010 refund 72 hours after IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or 3 to 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Be sure to have a copy of your 2010 tax return available because you will need to know your filing status, the first Social Security number shown on the return, and the exact whole-dollar amount of the refund. You have three options for checking on your refund:
- Go to http://www.irs.gov and click on “Where’s My Refund”
- Call 800-829-4477~24 hours a day, seven days a week, for automated refund information
- Call 800-829-1954 during the hours shown in your tax form instructions
- Use IRS2Go. If you have an Apple iPhone or iTouch or an Android device you can download an application to check the status of your refund.
What Records Should I Keep?
Normally, tax records should be kept for three years, but some documents — such as records relating to a home purchase or sale, stock transactions, IRAs and business or rental property — should be kept longer.
You should keep copies of tax returns you have filed and the tax forms package as part of your records. They may be helpful in amending already filed returns or preparing future returns.
Change of Address
If you move after you filed your return, send Form 8822, Change of Address, to the Internal Revenue Service. If you are expecting a paper refund check, you should also file a change of address with the U.S. Postal Service.
What If I Made a Mistake?
Errors may delay your refund or result in notices being sent to you. If you discover an error on your return, you can correct your return by filing an amended return using Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
Visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov for more information on refunds, recordkeeping, address changes and amended returns.
Where’s My Refund
Publication 552, Recordkeeping for Individuals
Form 8822, Change of Address
Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
Where’s My Refund? English | Spanish | ASL
Free IRS2Go Phone App: English | ASL
For help filing your returns, correcting mistakes or to discuss your tax and or financial situation please contact me using the information below. I have many years experience helping the public with their situations, goals, and preparing their tax returns. So call me today.
Jeff Haywood, CPA
I prepare the following types of tax returns:
Federal and State Returns
Also, I am available for tax planning and discussions about business, retirement planning and life goals.
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For a full list of prior posts see the CPA Tax Blog.
As always keep in mind that the content provided on this site is general in nature and may or may not apply to your particular case. It is best to check with a tax professional about your circumstances and what is best for you personally. Also, IRS regulations and tax laws are constantly changing and the information on this site is not constantly updated. Again please check with me about your particular circumstances and what will be best in your situation at the given time and law.
This article was written by Jeff Haywood, CPA.
Jeff is a licensed CPA in both Texas and Illinois.
He has prepared income tax returns for the public for over 10 years.
He also has an MBA in Finance from Loyola University in Chicago and he has 24 years experience in Corporate Finance and Business Analysis.