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TestingUser
Level 1

Is it too late to file the 2019 tax returns in 2022?

I'm getting conflicting information.

 

On this page, https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/tax-refund/last-chance-to-claim-your-tax-refund/L1ySMyA2H

it states "For the 2019 tax year, with a filing deadline in April of 2020, the three-year grace period ends April 18, 2022." 

 

This is a typo right? It should be april 18 2023?

 

The official IRS page states that the 2018 return 3 year deadline is april 18, 2022 here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-reminders-about-april-18-deadline-for-last-minute-filers-and-others

so I'd imagine the 2019 return deadline is 2023? 

 

I'd appreciate a confirmation and/or if I misunderstood the turbotax info page that I linked prior.

 

Also, as I understand, I cannot do any kind of e-file. So what choices would I have here? Do I need to buy the software version of turbotax or is there any other free service possible

 
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NCperson
Level 15

Is it too late to file the 2019 tax returns in 2022?

@TestingUser - the filing deadline is always three years after the initial deadline.  There is a little twist for 2019 tax year.  If you recall that is the tax year that was originally due by April 15, 2020, but that is when the pandemic began.  So the IRS moved the filing deadline to July 15, 2020.  Therefore, unless you filed an extension, the three year deadline is July 15, 2023. 

 

If you originally filed for an extension, the deadline to file the 2019 tax return and get any refund due you  is Oct 15, 2023. 

 

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fanfare
Level 15

Is it too late to file the 2019 tax returns in 2022?

Current filing is '21.

you can file three years back so 1,2,3 is '20,'19, '18 by Tax Day.

Tax day has gone by for 2018 unless you had filed an extension for 2018..

NCperson
Level 15

Is it too late to file the 2019 tax returns in 2022?

@TestingUser - the filing deadline is always three years after the initial deadline.  There is a little twist for 2019 tax year.  If you recall that is the tax year that was originally due by April 15, 2020, but that is when the pandemic began.  So the IRS moved the filing deadline to July 15, 2020.  Therefore, unless you filed an extension, the three year deadline is July 15, 2023. 

 

If you originally filed for an extension, the deadline to file the 2019 tax return and get any refund due you  is Oct 15, 2023. 

 

TestingUser
Level 1

Is it too late to file the 2019 tax returns in 2022?

Thank you for that information. 

 

It seems I have some time left to file my 2019 tax return. Just to confirm, the turbotax link above is incorrect then? That was very confusing. 

 

NCperson
Level 15

Is it too late to file the 2019 tax returns in 2022?

@TestingUser  i read that link and it is incorrect

 

Also, note that if you owe money, there is no deadline; you are always liable for it. 

SweetieJean
Level 15

Is it too late to file the 2019 tax returns in 2022?

and a few states have longer Statutes of Limitations for state tax refunds.

xmasbaby0
Level 15

Is it too late to file the 2019 tax returns in 2022?

And to make it clearer-----no you cannot e-file it.   The ONLY way to file a 2019 return is by mail.   E-filing is permanently closed for 2019 returns.   You will need to use the CD/download software on a full PC or Mac, and you will need to print, sign and mail the return.

 

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.

**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.**
NCperson
Level 15

Is it too late to file the 2019 tax returns in 2022?

@SweetieJean which states have longer statue of limitations? 

SweetieJean
Level 15

Is it too late to file the 2019 tax returns in 2022?

I do not have a list, so one must look up the particular state.  However, as examples (and the last I knew): California, Colorado and Wisconsin have a four-year statute of limitations for filing an income tax return to claim a refund.  Montana has a five year one.

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