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thats-so-deirdre
New Member

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

 
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karla0225
New Member

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

Yep, I'm in the same boat, unfortunately. 😒

SteamTrain
Level 15

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

@thats-so-deirdre 

@karla0225 

 

The "Online " software is only for 2020 taxes now.  2019 Online software was fully shut down at the end of October.

 

So, now you would need to buy, download and install the Desktop software, on a full MAC or Windows computer.  Then print and mail in the tax paperwork.......no efiling allowed at this late date.

 

TurboTax® 2019 Tax Software for Filing Past Years’ Taxes, Prior Year Tax Preparation (intuit.com)

 

*Answers are correct to the best of my knowledge when posted, but should not be considered to be legal or official tax advice.*
ross10
New Member

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

I want to redo my 2019 taxes, which were prepared by a consultant, on turbotax 2019 downloaded from Amazon.  I have bought 2020 and it is downloaded and is ok, but i'm having trouble starting 2019.

SteamTrain
Level 15

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

@ross10 

Define the trouble?

....you do know you need to buy and install the 2019 software separately on a full MAC or Windows computer. 

The 2020 tax software won't do a 2019 tax return.....(need to say that since it wasn't clear that "you" have the 2019 software installed yet)

 

And you need to have the separate license code for each one when you do start up either program for the first time.   You get the License code from whomever you purchased the software.

 

2019 is a 14-digit code

2020 is a 16 digit code

*Answers are correct to the best of my knowledge when posted, but should not be considered to be legal or official tax advice.*
VolvoGirl
Level 15

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

@ross10   Did you file a 2019 original return and now want to amend it?  You have to use the 2019 Desktop program.  Can't tell if you have the 2019 program installed.  And you will need the file ending in .tax2019 to amend

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/tax-topics/help/how-do-i-amend-my-2019-return-in-the-turbotax-cd-d... 

VolvoGirl
Level 15

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

And did you use Turbo Tax to file 2019?  If not,  

To amend a return you did somewhere else, you would first have to fill out Turbo Tax like you are doing the original return and pay for it.  You have to recreate the actual wrong original return.  Then when it matches each line that you really filed you have to tell Turbo Tax you will mail it so it thinks it was filed.  Then you can amend it.

lvsocr
Returning Member

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

If I have to buy the desktop version, so be it, but Its not even letting me download my tax file. I pretty much had the whole thing done, but because of some life events and dumb decisions, i didnt get it filed. Would take me at least a full day to redo it all.

GM19
Level 1

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

So would we have to redo the whole thing? because my near completed version was on the E-version

xmasbaby0
Level 15

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

@GM19

Online tax preparation and e-filing for 2019 returns is now permanently closed.  You had until midnight on Thursday, October 15, 2020 to finish and attempt to e-file; if your e-file was rejected you had until October 31, 2020 to make corrections and re-file. Now it is too late to use online software or to e-file. If you have any changes/corrections at all to make to your 2019 return, you now have to complete it using desktop software, which you must download to a full PC or Mac  (not to a mobile device).Then you need to print, sign and mail it.

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2559403-how-do-i-finish-a-prior-year-return-that-i-started-in-turb...

 

If you already paid for your online software you can ask customer support for a download of the desktop software.

They are available from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time Monday-Friday.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1899263-what-is-the-turbotax-phone-number

 

 

If you are getting a refund, there is no penalty for filing late.  If you owe tax due, then file and pay the amount due as shown on the Form 1040, but expect a bill later from the IRS for the penalty and interest you will owe.  Only the IRS will calculate this—TurboTax will not calculate it.

**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.**
VolvoGirl
Level 15

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

You should be able to download the tax data file ending in .tax2019 to open in the Desktop program.  

 

After you get the program installed the first thing to do before you open your tax return is to update the program and install any state programs you had.  So you first might need to start a fake return to be able to download the state program (go to FILE - New)

 

Then you just OPEN the .tax2019 file, go up to File-Open.  You don't import or transfer it.

 

 

mlcjgb
Returning Member

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

That is fine however my state does not have state taxes and it appears u have to purchase the 80 version or 79.99

xmasbaby0
Level 15

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

Yes---that is right.  When you purchase desktop software it includes state software.  That is what is available whether you need the state or not.  You can use the paper forms and prepare the federal return by hand if you prefer.

 

2019

 

2019 Instructions

 https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/i1040gi--2019.pdf

 

 

1040  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040--2019.pdf

 

1040SR  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s--2019.pdf

 

2019 Schedules 1-3

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s1--2019.pdf

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s2--2019.pdf

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s3--2019.pdf

 

**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.**
Critter-3
Level 15

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

Sorry ... but maybe you can find a better price on the Basic program online from a reputable reseller.

xmasbaby0
Level 15

I’m trying to do my 2019 taxes now. I know I’m late but my turbo tax app is only letting me start 2020. How do I go to 2019?

See if any of these retailers have 2019 Basic

 

This link Where can I obtain authentic TurboTax software? has a list of authorized TurboTax resellers.

**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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