Amended Return Definition

An amended return is a tax return document that is filed to amend, or alter, a previous tax filing. For example, if a person filed a tax return and then, months later, discovered a misplaced tax-deductible donation receipt, they might qualify to file an amended return in order to claim the tax benefit from the donation. Amended returns follow special rules and will not always result in a difference in the tax burden for a given year. For specific questions, it is always best to consult the services of a tax professional, such as an accountant [definition of accountant].