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Ask the taxgirl: Filing the same return twice

April 20, 2008 · 7 comments

Taxpayer asks:
Hi Kelly,

I have a quick question.I used e file ( turbo tax- free editon ) and IRS rejected it on 15th , so I sent my documents via postal mail.Meanwhile on my second attempt to e file with paper sign . IRS accepted my return. Does it create any problem as everywhere it says do not file ( on papers ) if you are e filing.

Please help me here.

Taxgirl says:

Hmm… I’ve never had this happen before. I have had clients that filed twice on paper because they weren’t sure that they had mailed it already (don’t snicker, it happens).

I am not sure what would happen with the case of efile and paper returns but here’s my hunch: assuming that the returns are the same, the IRS will ignore the second one. You’ll probably get a letter saying that there’s a problem with your return (because they IRS only has so many form letters and headings) and it will go on to say that they have received two copies of your return and that only one can be processed.

I’d hold tight and see. I definitely wouldn’t lose any sleep over it unless the returns are different, you sent payment with both or something similar. If any of those situations is the case, I’d follow up with IRS.

If anyone else has experience with this situation, by all means, chime in!

Like any good lawyer, I need to add a disclaimer: Unfortunately, it is impossible to give comprehensive tax advice over the internet, no matter how well researched or written. Before relying on any information given on this site, contact a tax professional to discuss your particular situation.

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1 CAROL April 20, 2008 at 9:06 am

FILING A SECOND RETURN WITH THE IRS CAUSES A DELAY IN YOUR RETURN. THE FIRST RETURN HAS TO BE LOCATED BEFORE THE SECOND CAN BE PROCESSED. ALL CORRESPONDENCE HAS TO BE ATTACHED TO EACHOTHER FOR A PERMANENT RECORD. ANY REFUND OR PAYMENTS WILL BE DELAYED.

2 Kelly April 20, 2008 at 9:49 am

I agree that there will be a delay but as far as 2 paper returns go, I’ve never heard of any “issues” – same is true efile and paper?

3 Joe April 24, 2008 at 3:21 am

Filing two original returns with the IRS creates a duplicate filing situation. Both returns (paper or e-file) must be reviewed. It can create a delay in releasing your refund. If they contain the same info, IRS will make no changes. If the info is different, IRS will chage your return with the most recently received return. You should call the IRS and see if your return has been received before sending in a second return. Any changes made should be done on Form 1040X, Amended Return.

4 Kelly April 24, 2008 at 4:20 am

Thanks for the proactive advice. It is worth noting that, in this situation, the return was mailed in as a regular return without calling before… That will result in a delay (not sure how much with eFile).

5 Dipanjan February 26, 2009 at 1:45 am

Hi,
I have submitted a xerox of the Form-16 for AT 2007-08 to a CA to file the returns. However he has gone out of station since. Although I have the original Form-16 with me, I don’t have the acknowledgment. Is there any way to cross check whether the returns have actually been filed? If its been filed, can it be filed again with the same Form-16, to get a duplicate acknowledgment?
Dipanjan
27th Feb 09

6 Kristen March 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

What do I do if I filed my fed/state taxes on both turbotax and taxact??

7 Leslie Crow March 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

OK i went to hr block with 2 w2′s from the same employer.He found a mistake on one of the w2′s.So he went ahead and filed one of the w2′s until we could get the other one corrected.We have since then recieved our refund check on the w2 he filed.Can i efile the other w2 we have or will i have to do it by mail?Thanks

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