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I place wrong tax year info in 2017 I put 2016 info. Have to correct the info 2017

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I place wrong tax year info in 2017 I put 2016 info. Have to correct the info 2017

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I place wrong tax year info in 2017 I put 2016 info. Have to correct the info 2017

Oh no.   You mean you used the current online software to prepare a 2016 tax return?  You have a problem.  The online software is ONLY for 2017 tax returns.  So you have used the wrong program and filed an incorrect return.

If you get lucky and the IRS rejects the return you just e-filed, you will be able to correct it and re-submit it.  Cross your fingers for a rejection.  

If the IRS accepts it, then you are going to have to wait until they fully process your wrong-year tax return and then amend it with the correct 2017 tax information.

Amending a tax return requires that you complete a form called a 1040X which becomes available in mid to late February; it then takes the IRS 3-4 month to process the 1040X.  So it will be a long time before you are able to get a refund for your 2017 tax return.

Meanwhile, in order to correctly file your 2016 tax return, you have to use the desktop software which you download or install from a 2016 CD.  You use your 2016 information and prepare a return which has to be printed, signed and mailed.

To purchase 2016 software:  https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

Everything you do to correct this is going to require printing, signing and mailing the correct paperwork. 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. 

Wait until you see what you have to do with your e-filed return before you mail in anything for 2016.  Post back here for further help if you need 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.**
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