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I have 6 or 7 years of back taxes I'm not sure what years I have most of my W2's can I still file with Turbo tax

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I have 6 or 7 years of back taxes I'm not sure what years I have most of my W2's can I still file with Turbo tax

You file back as far as 2016 with TurboTax software. 

For earlier years, you will need to do them by hand or hire an accountant.


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I have 6 or 7 years of back taxes I'm not sure what years I have most of my W2's can I still file with Turbo tax

If you have decided to catch  up on those tax returns----each year has to be prepared and filed separately.  You cannot combine tax years on the same return; do not even try to mail them in the same envelope.  It is too late to receive a refund for any tax year earlier than 2016--and you only have until April 15, 2020 to file a 2016 return for a refund. After that it is too late.  But if you owe for those tax years the IRS wants to be paid.


What if I do not file my tax return?


TurboTax software is only available as far back as 2016. 

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)

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.


**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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