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IRS: Why are my returns marked with math error and what do I do about it?

Some Americans are seeing their tax returns marked with math error.


Here’s all you need to know about that marking from the IRS.

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Why is there a math error mark?

The IRS recommends being careful when filing your taxes. It is very common for taxpayers to submit their returns with errors on their returns. If there is a specific error on your tax return, the IRS website will notify you. The math error mark acts as a notification of a mistake.

The math error mark can indicate:

  • when there is wrong information or an incorrect selection on the tax tables or schedules
  • information omitted on an entry
  • entries exceeding the statutory limit, percentage, ratio, or fraction entered into the application
  • missing or incorrect TIN, SSN, ITIN for personal exemptions for secondary taxpayers, dependents, Child and Dependent Care Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Premium Tax Credit, or Education Credits
  • that Form 8862 was not filed with the return

Usually, the IRS will make the necessary changes and send you a notice. You will likely get the notification 60 days after they receive the return. There will be directions on the document on how to proceed. Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return is the form to correct specific mistakes made on your return.

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