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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

 
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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

Since the CARES Act is still working its way through Congress and has not been signed into law, there are some questions that can't be answered definitively at this time. Please check for updates here TurboTax Corona Virus Update Center and here IRS Corona Virus Update Center.  As a point of interest  tax returns with only $1 of income are automatically flagged as potential fraud due to ID Theft.

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

Since the CARES Act is still working its way through Congress and has not been signed into law, there are some questions that can't be answered definitively at this time. Please check for updates here TurboTax Corona Virus Update Center and here IRS Corona Virus Update Center.  As a point of interest  tax returns with only $1 of income are automatically flagged as potential fraud due to ID Theft.

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

Just report $1.00 in capital gains on a 1099-DIV form. For pay or write “In order to efile “.

 

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

@LeonardS  Can you site a source that the IRS will automatically flag returns with a $1.00 AGI?   VITA/Taxaide has been doing that for many years to enable efiling. 

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

Filing with $1 capital gains on form 1099-DIV is completely legal. Stay safe and healthy out there everybody, I love you all!

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

@TaxingExpert So, just file $1 capital gains on form 1099-DIV and do not claim $1 income and/or $1 as AGI?

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

According to the IRS, People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax.  IRS Economic Impact Payment

 

You do not have to put fake $ on your return.  If you truly received no income, then file a zero income return with the IRS.

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

Reporting the $1.00 in capital gain will show up as that amount in income and will allow you to efile.  If you want to report zero income you can print your return and mail it. Most programs will not allow you to efile with zero AGI. 

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

@Bsch4477 

 

Will this option produce a different result? 

 

"... make a $1 entry for Interest Income.

To do this go to:

Income
Interest and Dividend Income
Interest or Dividend Income
Interest Income Form 1099-INT > enter your name in the Payer's Name box and enter $1 in the Interest Income box 1 entry space.
This will have no bearing on the return however it will allow the IRS computer to read an entry on one of the required lines and therefore be able to process the return for you."

 

Source:

https://support.taxslayer.com/hc/en-us/articles/[phone number removed]-What-if-I-don-t-have-any-taxa...

 

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

Adding a dollar of interest will have the same result as adding a dollar of capital gain.

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

Out of professional curiosity,, why would VITA/Taxaide or anyone else want to enable someone to "e-file" for no apparent reason?  Remember a $1 anywhere, if it is fictitious, is still fictitious.  There are no filing requirements due to the Standard Deduction for $1 wage earners.  Thus, "enabling someone to be able to e-file", just to e-file doesn't make sense.  IMO.  [Usually I don't partake in these discussions, but I would really like to know a reason for enabling those who don't need to be enabled.]

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

If your income is under  $12,200 you don't have to file a tax return.

You can always  file a tax return, even if you are not required to file a tax return.

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

I've been filing my parent's zero-tax-due return for fifteen years.

It comes in handy at times like these.

It also simplifies your NJ homestead rebate application.

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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

 
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I was told I should file a tax return claiming $1 income and $1 agi for 2019 so that I am in the IRS system since I have been unemployed since 2016, how do I do that?

TurboTax has partnered with the IRS to allow taxpayers who DO NOT NEED TO FILE a return to report the base minimum info to get a stimulus check.  This system must ONLY be used for those who do not need to file ... those who are required to file a return CAN NOT use this option.  Other tax programs are also working on this option to file a "simple" return that only has the taxpayer(s) name(s), address, dependents if any and the DD info if they have it.    https://turbotax.intuit.com/stimulus-check/

 

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