Presently, the online version of the program can only be used to file a 2021 tax return, and that will be shut down permanently sometime in october to prepare the online program for 2022.
To prepare a prior year tax return you have to purchase the CD/Desktop version for the specific tax year you need to file, and you physically install on your Windows or MAC computer, and use that to prepare your prior year tax return. Also, you can not e-file a prior year tax return. (The IRS says so). You have to print, sign and mail it to the IRS.
TurboTax only supports their software for the current tax filing year and three years back. You can purchase the program for a prior year at https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/
MAKE SURE you select the link for the tax year you wish to file. If you purchase the program for the wrong tax year, you own it.
You are confused. No one will be preparing or filing a 2022 tax return until tax year 2022 ends---so that will be next year in 2023. You can prepare and e-file a 2021 return now. The online software is ONLY for 2021 returns.
Do you mean you need to prepare a return for an earlier tax year--like for tax year 2020? If so:
Online preparation and e-filing for 2018 and 2019 and 2020 is permanently closed.
To file a return for a prior tax year
If you need to prepare a return for 2018, 2019 or 2020 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.