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How long for an amended tax return “refund”?

Asked by: rdhouse 969 views YA Discussion

Ok here is what happened. (And yes I have searched th e’net for answers and got several different ones.)
I filed my taxes on Jan 24 2013. It got accepted on 30 Jan with no problems. On 2 Feb I got a 1099-R which was from a retirement fund I “cleaned out” when I quit a job. Long story short, I am owed an additional refund and had to file the amended form (1040X). I sent it Priority Mail on a Monday and they had it the next day. Now the question is twofold:
1. How long will it take for someone at the IRS to actually open it and start on it and
2. How long should I expect for it to take to get back to me.

It seems that there should be an entire department to handle this. I am hoping that since I caught it early enough that the “powers that be” will have it processed a little more quickly. Is this true OR do they go at their own pace. Wouldn’t it being sent priority mail get the attention of someone? Again I am just curious about this…

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  1. Wayne Z on Feb 18, 2013 Reply

    Probably 10-12 weeks.

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  2. gringa1964 on Feb 18, 2013 Reply

    No, there is no priority at all. You caught it early or after few years, it doesn’t really matter. You will get your amended return processed in off-season times during 6-8 weeks, but during tax season times probably in 8-10 weeks.

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  3. acermill on Feb 18, 2013 Reply

    You obviously made an error on your 1040X. Filing a 1099R is going to INCREASE the net amount of taxes owed, unless you had excessive tax withholding retained when you cashed in the retirement fund.

    That being said, a refund on a 1040X does not get any ‘special priority’ ,no matter HOW you delivered it. You could have flown to the IRS center and dropped it off in person, and STILL no priority. The refund will take time, since the IRS will need to compare it to your original filed return. If you are lucky, you might see the refund in a couple of months.

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  4. Quick Answers on Feb 18, 2013 Reply

    It may well take 4-6 months. The IRS reassigned employees to work on ID theft issues and the delay in some forms means that 1000s of taxpayers filed without the education credit form and then amended to add it back in. Like you, they think, it’s no big deal, the IRS can fix it quickly.

    Unlike the tax return, the amended return is reviewed and entered into a computer manually. It cannot be processed until the first return is done. The 1040X forms are low priority–the IRS has an obligation to work on current returns first.

    Sending it first class, priority, or overnight mail makes no difference.

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