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Can active duty military members file taxes every two years instead of yearly?

I was informed that active duty military can file taxes for the current year and the year before.  Is this true?
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Can active duty military members file taxes every two years instead of yearly?

Can active duty military members file taxes every two years instead of yearly?

No. Being AD/MIL does not get one any special treatment when it comes to taxes.  However, there are provisions in the tax code for AD/MIL to get an automatic extension not to go past Oct 15th of the year a tax return is due. It's generally for those stationed overseas in designated combat zones.

Each tax year must be filed separately.As of this post the current tax filing season is for 2019. So if you need to complete and file a 2018 tax return you will need to complete that first, and separately from your 2019 tax return. Additionally, the 2018 tax return can not be e-filed. The IRS says so. You have to print, sign and mail it to the IRS yourself. Turbotax will not file a tax return for anyone under any circumstances. You have to actually do the filing part yourself, be it e-file the current tax year, or mail the prior year's tax return. There are no exceptions.

 

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Can active duty military members file taxes every two years instead of yearly?

Do you still need to file a 2018 return as well as a 2019 return?  Is that why you are asking?  

 

Each tax year has to be filed separately using the forms for the specific tax year.  They cannot be combined in any way--do not even put them in the same envelope when you mail them.  Software for past years is available back to 2016.  Any earlier years can only be prepared on paper forms by hand--and those refunds have been forfeited now.

 

The current online program can only be used for a 2019 return--no other year.  And if you did not file a 2018 return you will have trouble e-filing 2019.  When it asks for your 2018 AGI try using zero.  If zero does not work then you have to print, sign and mail 2019.

 

 

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

To file a return for a prior tax year

If you need to prepare a return for 2016, 2017, or 2018 you can purchase and download desktop software to do it, then print, sign,  and mail the return(s)

https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

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.

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.

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900990-how-do-i-file-a-prior-year-tax-return

**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.**
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Can active duty military members file taxes every two years instead of yearly?

You cannot get free 2018 TT software, at this time, even though you are military. 

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Can active duty military members file taxes every two years instead of yearly?

Can active duty military members file taxes every two years instead of yearly?

No. Being AD/MIL does not get one any special treatment when it comes to taxes.  However, there are provisions in the tax code for AD/MIL to get an automatic extension not to go past Oct 15th of the year a tax return is due. It's generally for those stationed overseas in designated combat zones.

Each tax year must be filed separately.As of this post the current tax filing season is for 2019. So if you need to complete and file a 2018 tax return you will need to complete that first, and separately from your 2019 tax return. Additionally, the 2018 tax return can not be e-filed. The IRS says so. You have to print, sign and mail it to the IRS yourself. Turbotax will not file a tax return for anyone under any circumstances. You have to actually do the filing part yourself, be it e-file the current tax year, or mail the prior year's tax return. There are no exceptions.

 

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