What if I accidentally chose to apply my refund to next year's taxes?
If you inadvertently chose to apply your refund to the next tax year as an estimated tax payment (instead of a refund), and you already mailed your return or your e-filing was accepted, you can still correct the situation.
First, you'll need to wait at least one week after your tax return is accepted or received by the IRS. (Resist the temptation to file an amended return to get your refund; it won't work!)
After the time has passed, you have 3 choices:
- (Fastest - 3 week turnaround) Visit your local IRS office. Request that the amount be transferred back to your current-year return.
- (4 week turnaround) Call your local IRS office or 1-800-829-1040 and explain that you want the refund transferred back to this year's return.
- (Slowest - 6 week turnaround) Mail a written request to the IRS.
You'll receive your refund in the form of a paper check; direct deposit is not available in this case.