If an IRA contribution was deducted on a tax return, but the contribution was never made to the IRA by the taxpayer's tax filing deadline (no extension included), the tax return must be amended to remove the contribution. Generally, Form 1040X must be filed within three years after the date the original return is filed or within two years after the date the taxpayer paid his or her income tax, whichever is later. If the contribution was reflected on the state tax return, an amended return for the state should also be filed.

For more insight, check out IRA Contributions: Deductions And Tax Credits.

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