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How far back can you amend taxes, and what forms are needed?

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How far back can you amend taxes, and what forms are needed?  

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Amended returns:  In order to obtain a credit or refund, an amended federal or state tax return must be filed within 3 years after the date you filed the original return or within 2 years after the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. A return filed early is considered filed on the due date. For example, even if you filed the 2008 returns early, you would have until April 15th, 2012, or 3 years from your 2008 tax returns original due date of April 15th, 2009, to file an amended 2008 Form 1040 or MO-1040. Federal Form 1040X is used to amend Forms 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ.  You can find Form 1040 and instructions at the following website:
Published: July 29, 2013
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