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If the IRS rejects a tax return, does this affect the statue of limitations? For example if a 2014 return was submitted before the deadline of the 3 year statute and the IRS rejects the return, can it be submitted after the statue for a refund after correcting the error?
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Welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you.

Returns that are efiled and rejected are given a grace period of 5 days after the filing deadline to be corrected and resubmitted.

Please let me know if I can assist you further.

Thank you and best regards,

Barb

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No. A 2014 tax is mailed today. The IRS mails a letter several weeks from now rejecting it and it's after April 15th. What happens when the return is resubmitted? Is it then past the statute?
Tax Professional: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 1 month ago

The IRS does not reject mailed returns. Only efiled returns are rejected.

If there are any problems/corrections, the IRS will communicate with you, but the return will be considered timely filed.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
basically, as a paid preparer, I scanned my signature and then the client printed and signed it. Then the IRS sent them a letter saying that they can't have a copied signature from me and I need to sign and mail to the client to mail to the IRS. If this is the case, is the original return still considered timely filed?
Tax Professional: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 1 month ago

Yes.

The IRS is simply waiting for your original signature.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
or filed before the April statue of limitations for the 2014 tax year?
Tax Professional: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 1 month ago

That's right.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Okay, so if I get an account transcript, it will show the return as filed?
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
what will the account transcript show?
Tax Professional: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 1 month ago

It may not show anything until the return is actually PROCESSED.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
what happens if it's processed after April? What can I do to get proof of the original incorrect submission?
Tax Professional: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 1 month ago

Whoever mailed it should have proof of mailing.

That's why it's ALWAYS BEST to use certified mail, return receipt requested, when mailing anything to the IRS.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
is this something that is like in an internal IRS database, so there shouldn't be any issues after the return is processed?
Tax Professional: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 1 month ago

You also have the proof of the IRS letter stating your signature was unacceptable.

Obviously, they received the return if they're sending a letter about it.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I just had a client mail a 2014 tax return and I'm worried about the statue. Should I have him resend or just wait to see if/when he gets a letter?
Tax Professional: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 1 month ago

You could have him re-send it if it is missing your original signature. Have him mail it by certified mail, return receipt requested.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
What exactly happens if the IRS gets 2 returns and one is wrong and the other is correct. Do they still send a letter? Do they get confused?
Tax Professional: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 1 month ago

If the first return is wrong, they will send a letter.

But then they will receive the corrected return.

Basically, things will just cross in the mail.

Of course, they get confused.

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