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How to change or amend a filed return

Good news for tax year 2015! The Tax Department now accepts electronically filed amended returns.

Advantages of electronic filing include:

  • faster refunds
  • instant filing confirmation
  • automatic encryption of your information

To learn more about our free e-file options, see E-file your return for free.

When you need to amend your return

You must file an amended New York State tax return if:

  • you made an error when you filed your original New York State income tax return;
  • the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made changes to your federal return;
  • you need to file a protective claim; or
  • you need to report a net operating loss (NOL) carryback. 

How to protest an assessment

 If you need to protest a paid assessment based on a statement of audit changes, do not use Form IT-201-X or Form IT-203-X.

If you receive an assessment from the Tax Department, do not file an amended return strictly to protest the assessment. Follow the instructions you receive with the assessment.

How to file an amended return

Complete your amended return as if you are filing the return for the first time.

Submit all the forms relevant to the information in your amended return (even if you already submitted these forms with your original return), such as:

  • forms for any credits you are claiming,
  • forms you submitted as attachments to your original return that are still applicable (for example, IT-201-ATT or IT-203-ATT), and
  • all your wage and tax statements, such as your W-2s.

Do not submit a copy of your original return.

See the instructions for Form IT-201-X or IT-203-X for additional information about what to submit with your amended return.

See the instructions for the form you originally filed (Form IT-201 or Form IT-203) to determine which form to file when amending your return (Form IT-201-X or IT-203-X).

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Updated: February 10, 2016