Do I need to file 1040x if I made a mistake on form 8889 but has no effect on any of the 1040 lines?

I just got a letter from IRS today saying I owe some tax in 2014. I found out I made a mistake when filling out 8889 and didn't include my qualified distributions. I'll reply with the documents and that should clear it up. But my question is, I made the same mistake for 2015, it has no impact on any of

I just got a letter from IRS today saying I owe some tax in 2014. I found out I made a mistake when filling out 8889 and didn't include my qualified distributions. I'll reply with the documents and that should clear it up. But my question is, I made the same mistake for 2015, it has no impact on any of the 1040 lines, so do I need to file 1040x?

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pdeportist:
Ah, the HSA form. Every year with errors will trigger mail, so you need to learn how to do it properly.

I would certainly send in a 1040X with a good 8889 to try to get ahead of the game. Keep copies as the CP2000 program isn't as good as it should be.

If in fact the good 8889 doesn't change the 1040, you skip all of the numbered lines on the 1040X, attach the 8889 and point out the correction.

Part I, the most common error is to list pre-tax money on line 2 instead of line 9. In Part II, the most common error is to forget to list the distributions that were used for medical expenses.

ninasgramma:
If you received a distribution from your HSA, you must fill out and attach Form 8889 whether it impacts the amount of tax owed or not.

For the years filed for which you did not include Form 8889, file an amendment and include Form 8889. You cannot just send in documents that you believe will clarify, you must file Form 1040X.

Cathi K:
Read your letter. Most of the time you can just send in the 8889.
tro:
if you were notified about the error, you need to submit the 1040X to explaining what was wrong even if it doesn't change your tax liability, IRS has to have your correction to justify your claim
Max Hoopla:
You need to do it because IRS wants it.
Ziff Spiffington:
no
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