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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

 
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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

The 2019 W-2 should be reported on the 2019 tax return.

 

I understand that you have not yet filed your 2018 tax return.  The 2018 W-2 will have to be reported on the 2018 tax return.

 

The 2018 tax return cannot be e-filed.  It will have to be paper-filed.  You will be attaching copies of your 2018 W-2’s to the 2018 tax return when you mail it to the IRS.

 

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

You cannot file a prior year's W2, along with this year's tax return. You must file it by amending that year's tax return. There is a time limit on amending the return. You have three years from the date you filed your original tax return or two years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. 

If you need directions on filing an amendment, please view the Turbo Tax FAQ below.

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

 
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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

No, you can not file a prior year W-2 with your tax return for the current year.

If you did not file a tax return for the year you received the W-2 then file a tax return for that year to include the W-2

If you did file you will have to file an amended tax return for the year in which you did not report the W-2 on your tax return.

You may file your amended tax return with TurboTax even if you did not use TurboTax to file the original tax return.

The link  Amending past year tax return will provide you with the information on how to file an amended tax return with TurboTax.

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

My brother did something like this . What is he suppose to do since it’s already filed ? What’s his penalty? 

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

@Lexus A 

 

IF he put a prior year W-2 on this year's tax return...and has actually filed it.

 

Then he has to wait for the IRS computers to respond as to whether they "Accept" or "Reject" his tax filing.  (Expected to start sometime the week of 27 Jan)

 

1) IF the IRS computers Reject his tax file (pray for that) he can just "EDIT" his tax data, removing the wrong-year W-2 form(s) data, and re-e-file.  (DO NOT AMEND)

 

2) IF the IRS computers Accept his tax file...then he first must wait for his refund (or pay any balance due  if that was the case)….then in late Feb or March, he would AMEND his tax return.....take out the prior year W-2 (and make any other changes needed)  print out that amended tax return, and take it to the Post office to mail it in.  Amended tax returns can only be mail-filed.

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Tax returns for 2018 and earlier can only be prepared using the Desktop software, installed on a full MAC or Windows home computer.  Each year must be done separately, and filed separately on paper.  No e-filing for those prior years.

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

@SteamTrain so does that mean if I want to file my w2 from 2018, i will need to have it filed separately as well as on desktop software, not online efile with TurboTax?

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

You can still file your 2018 W-2 online with the previous years product click here: https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

 

Once you prepare the 2018 return, you can e-file it online as well and select how you want your refund or how you will paid your taxes owed. 

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

Dude what the heck do i do if i entered in the information of one w-2 form last april for 2018 taxes and I saved my progress but I did not have the other w-2 form until a few days ago? If i had to download the software to file my two 2018 W-2's would my information I entered in and saved still be there? :0

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

Did you file your 2018 with the missing W-2 or did you not file 2018?

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

I did not file because I didn't have my other W-2, I entered in the information for the W-2 form I did have and saved my progress when filing online. So I did not file and did not enter in the info from the other W-2.

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

The 2019 W-2 should be reported on the 2019 tax return.

 

I understand that you have not yet filed your 2018 tax return.  The 2018 W-2 will have to be reported on the 2018 tax return.

 

The 2018 tax return cannot be e-filed.  It will have to be paper-filed.  You will be attaching copies of your 2018 W-2’s to the 2018 tax return when you mail it to the IRS.

 

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

So I'm on turbo tax and I filled out my W-2 for my last job but could I file another w2 on turbo tax for a job I worked in 2017 and 18? 

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

@dylancole997 

 

NO...Online only does 2019 taxes now.

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For any other year you need to buy that year's software, download it to a full MAC or Windows computer, install the software, prepare the tax forms, print them and file by mail.

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

 

 

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Can I still file a w2 from a previous year if yes what's the longest you can wait?

I accidentally filed on of my prior year with this years and I received a letter that I need to amend it. How do I do that? 

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