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I need to file 2017 - how do I enter the data to create the tax return?

How do I fill out and file 2017 return?
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Level 15

I need to file 2017 - how do I enter the data to create the tax return?

Sorry---you cannot use online software to do that.   Online is only for 2020 returns---no other year.   You need the CD/download for 2017 to prepare a 2017 return, which cannot be e-filed--it has to be printed signed and mailed.


And....unless you had an extension which you requested in 2018 for the 2017 return, you are too late to get a refund for a 2017 return; the refund has been forfeited.   But if you owe tax due, you must still pay the tax with interest and penalties.


Online preparation and e-filing for 2017, 2018 and 2019 is permanently closed.

To file a return for a prior tax year

 If you need to prepare a return for 2017, 2018, or 2019 you can purchase and download desktop software to do it, then print, sign,  and mail the return(s)

You may also want to explore purchasing the software from various retailers such as Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Sam’s, etc.

Remember to prepare your state return as well—if you live in a state that has a state income tax. 


When you mail a tax return, you need to attach any documents showing tax withheld, such as your W-2’s or any 1099’s.  Use a mailing service that will track it, such as UPS or certified mail so you will know the IRS/state received the return.

Federal and state returns must be in separate envelopes and they are mailed to different addresses.  Read the mailing instructions that print with your tax return carefully so you mail them to the right addresses.


Note:  The desktop software you need to prepare the prior year return must be installed/downloaded to a full PC or Mac.  It cannot be used on a mobile device.



Another way to prepare 2017---on paper forms by hand:




**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Level 15

I need to file 2017 - how do I enter the data to create the tax return?

@eskew16 wrote:
How do I fill out and file 2017 return?

To complete and file a 2017 tax return using TurboTax you would need to purchase, download and install on a personal computer one of the 2017 desktop editions from this website -


A 2017 tax return can only be printed and mailed, it cannot be e-filed.

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