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Telleysha
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Back Taxes

Hello, I filed taxes on turbo tax for the year 2019, now I need to file back taxes for 2018, 2017, and 2016. Am I able to do that using the turbo tax app and what are the steps?

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bluedeb
Level 15

Back Taxes

You cannot file a prior year returns with the Online version, it is only for the current tax year (2019).  You would need the Desktop software for each prior year return you file.  Prior year returns cannot be e-filed with TurboTax, they must be mailed.  You can also go to the IRS website & your States website for 2018 forms to fill out.

 

Make sure you mail each year in a separate envelope & sign the returns. 

 

For tax years 2018, 2017, or 2016

 

You'll need to purchase and download the TurboTax software for PC or Mac as TurboTax Online and the mobile app are only available for the current tax year.

 

After installing the software, open it and follow the onscreen instructions.

 

Prior year returns must be paper-filed, as e-filing is no longer available. We'll walk you through that process when you get to the File section in the software.

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Texas Roger
Level 15

Back Taxes

You will need to buy, download and install the programs for each of those years on your computer to file separate tax returns for each year. Here is a link to buy all three years separately: https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

Prior year returns can't be efiled. You must print and mail them yourself. Mail each year in a separate envelope.

 

If you have simple tax returns, you might be able to fill out the forms by yourself. Here is an IRS link to find and download the forms for each year: https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/prior-year

There are instructions for completing them at the IRS web site. 

bluedeb
Level 15

Back Taxes

You cannot file a prior year returns with the Online version, it is only for the current tax year (2019).  You would need the Desktop software for each prior year return you file.  Prior year returns cannot be e-filed with TurboTax, they must be mailed.  You can also go to the IRS website & your States website for 2018 forms to fill out.

 

Make sure you mail each year in a separate envelope & sign the returns. 

 

For tax years 2018, 2017, or 2016

 

You'll need to purchase and download the TurboTax software for PC or Mac as TurboTax Online and the mobile app are only available for the current tax year.

 

After installing the software, open it and follow the onscreen instructions.

 

Prior year returns must be paper-filed, as e-filing is no longer available. We'll walk you through that process when you get to the File section in the software.

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