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hollynolting
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Why must I file my 2018 W-2 if I did not work in 2019?

Why must I file old tax returns to my 2020 tax information?
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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Why must I file my 2018 W-2 if I did not work in 2019?

Not sure where you are seeing anything that says you are supposed to put income from a past year on your 2020 tax return.  Do NOT put a W-2 from some other year on your 2020 return,   Only 2020 income goes on a 2020 tax return.

 

If you did not file a 2018 tax return using your 2018 W-2 then you can prepare a 2018 return but it has to be on a 2018 Form 1040 and you have to use 2018 software.  If you had no income in 2019 then you have nothing to file on a 2019 tax return.

 

What is making you think you need to put 2018 on your 2020 return?

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hollynolting
New Member

Why must I file my 2018 W-2 if I did not work in 2019?

Turbo tax kept asking for this, over and over again, they also asked me to itemize what I had bought online or out of state with a special district! tax percentage, and I've never been asked this before. I had to guesstimate.  As my friend said, it appears they gave me a wrong file this year, and I don't know how it will work out this time. Thank you for your help!!

xmasbaby0
Level 15

Why must I file my 2018 W-2 if I did not work in 2019?

What software are you using?    The questions about out of state/online purchases are normal.   But the question about a 2018 W-2 does not make sense if you are preparing a 2020 tax return.  

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