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dharrin5049
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We just got married in 2019 and are filing jointly. with our combined income we didn't pay enough tax. Why is it asking for 2018 tax liability when we were not married

We were not married in 2018 and neither of us had tax liability in 2018.
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VolvoGirl
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We just got married in 2019 and are filing jointly. with our combined income we didn't pay enough tax. Why is it asking for 2018 tax liability when we were not married

You must have an underpayment Penalty.  Answer the questions don't worry about it.  The tax liability is not if you had a tax due.  It is the tax on your total AGI before you got a refund or  tax due.

 

Here's some general info on getting married.  Did you both use Turbo Tax last year?

 

You can not transfer from or combine 2 returns or accounts.  Just pick the return for the spouse that has the most complicated return to enter or has any depreciation or business or  more investments.  Or use the account for whoever you want to be listed first going forward (by the way you can not change the order of the names).  Then add the other spouse's name, ssn and info to it.

 

You should usually  file a Joint return which is only 1 return combined for the both of you.  Make sure to stick with this one account for the future.  Just ignore the other spouse's account.

 

And info on Getting Married…..

http://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Family/Getting-Married/INF12006.html

 

Is it better to file Joint or Separately?

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894449-is-it-better-for-a-married-couple-to-file-jointly-or-separ...

 

Compare Joint to Married Filing Separately

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2895312-how-can-we-compare-married-filing-jointly-with-married-fil...

macuser_22
Level 15

We just got married in 2019 and are filing jointly. with our combined income we didn't pay enough tax. Why is it asking for 2018 tax liability when we were not married

Do you mean 2018 AGI?    That is what the IRS used to verify your identity when e-filing.

 

If you did not file a 2018 tax return at all then it is 0.See this TurboTax FAQ on how to find your AGI

https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/3301618


You can get free 2018 tax transcript from the IRS

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript

If you filed late last year there is a good chance that the 2018 AGI never was entered into the e-file database. Try using 0 (zero) for the AGI.

If you filed an amended return use the AGI on the first filed tax return.

If it continues to reject then the AGI in the IRS database might be in error. Mail filing is the only option.

 

 

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
xmasbaby0
Level 15

We just got married in 2019 and are filing jointly. with our combined income we didn't pay enough tax. Why is it asking for 2018 tax liability when we were not married

It is asking for your 2018 AGI --that is how the IRS matches you up with the person who used your SSN last year so that you can e-file 2019.  Look at each of your 2018 tax returns on line 7 for your 2018 AGI.

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/prior-year-return/help/how-do-i-access-my-prior-year-return/00/270...

 

You can get a free transcript from the IRS:   

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript

 

 

If you have federal tax due you can pay by mailing your payment with the 1040V voucher, having the payment taken out of a designated bank account, or you can pay directly on the IRS website.

 

https://www.irs.gov/payments/direct-pay

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/tax-payments/help/how-can-i-pay-my-federal-taxes/00/26212

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/tax-payments/help/how-do-i-pay-my-irs-tax-due-with-a-check-or-mone...

 

 

You must pay your state tax due using the state’s preferred method of receiving payment.  For most states that will be by making a payment to the state’s own tax website, or by mailing a check or money order.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900884-what-are-my-options-for-getting-my-state-refund-or-for-pay...

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901670-how-do-i-contact-my-state-department-of-revenue

**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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