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How do I file my 2016 return? Is there a free option?

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How do I file my 2016 return? Is there a free option?

The only free option is to get the 2016  forms from the IRS and file by hand.

No.  You cannot use the current online software to prepare a 2016 return.  Online preparation and e-filing for 2016 is permanently closed.  You have to download 2016 software and then print, sign and mail your return.  

To file a return for a prior tax year

Only a 2017 return can be prepared online and e-filed. 

 If you need to prepare a return for 2014, 2015, or 2016 you can purchase and download desktop software to do it, then print, sign,  and mail the return(s)

  (if you want to prepare on paper for free:  )



Form 1040

Form 1040 Instructions

Form 1040A

Form 1040AInstructions


Form1040EZ Instructions

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 received the 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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