The IRS will start processing returns on Feb 12. Until then TurboTax will hold your pending e-filed return. Pending returns can not be changed. If the return is accepted you will get an email. If the return is rejected the e-mail will tell you what to correct and you can make changes before
e-filing again. Amend to change an accepted return.
It sounds like you very incorrectly used the online program to file a 2019 return. Online is only for 2020 returns so you used the wrong software. If it rejects---that would be good, so that you can fix it and use 2020 income on the 2020 software.
The current online program can only be used for a 2020 return--no other year. And if you did not file a 2019 return you will have trouble e-filing 2020. When it asks for your 2019 AGI try using zero. If zero does not work then you have to print, sign and mail 2020.
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.
If you are getting a refund, there is not a penalty for filing past the deadline. If you owe taxes, the interest/penalties will be calculated by the IRS based on how much you owe and when they receive your return and payment. The IRS will bill you for this; it will not be calculated by TurboTax.
You filed 2019? Yikes! Were you trying to do a 2019 return? Online is only for 2020.
You have to wait until the irs opens on Feb 12. So do not change anything yet. But you can go ahead and still do 2019 right now.
You now have a problem. You have to file each year separately. Online is only for 2020. You have to wait and see if your efile gets accepted when the IRS opens Feb 12. . If they reject it for something you can change it around to be only for 2020.
But if they accept it you need to wait some more for it to fully process and you get the first refund. Then you need to Mail in an Amended 1040X return to change it to be for 2020.
You can check your efile status here https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/efile-status-lookup/
How to amend an Online return
Then if you still need to do 2019. To do 2019 you have to buy the Desktop Download program here
You need a full Windows or Mac computer to install it on.
If you want to file for free you can fill out the forms by hand. Here are some basic forms.....
Here is the 2019 1040 return
or if you want bigger type use 1040SR for Seniors,
2019 Instructions https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/i1040gi--2019.pdf
2019 EIC and Tax Tables https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/i1040tt--2019.pdf
2019 Schedules 1-3
Don’t forget your state. And you will have to print and mail your returns. So be sure to attach copies of your W2s and any 1099s that have withholding on them. You have to mail federal and state in separate envelopes because they go to different places. Get a tracking number from the post office when you mail them for proof of filing.
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