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Is there a free way to file 2017 taxes in 2019?

I need to file my 2017 taxes right now and they have to be mailed in since it’s past the efiling deadline but the only software I see to do that costs $79.99. Is there a free version that I can use? Or do I have to pay that amount?

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Level 15

Is there a free way to file 2017 taxes in 2019?

You can file for free by using the paper forms and preparing them by hand:




If you want the software, no, there is no free TurboTax software for 2017:


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.



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Level 15

Is there a free way to file 2017 taxes in 2019?

Sorry with Turbo Tax you have to buy the prior year Desktop program.  


Or If you have a simple return You can fill out the blank forms for free.

Here are some blank forms & instructions for 2017










2017 Tax Tables

Publication 17 Tax Guide for 2017


Don’t forget your state.  And you will have to print and mail your returns.  So be sure to attach copies of your W2s and any 1099s that have withholding on them.  You have to mail federal and state in separate envelopes because they go to different places.  Get a tracking number from the post office when you mail them for proof of filing.


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