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twistermike73
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Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

 
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AlanT
Expert Alumni

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

Yes, you can wait until 2020 to file your 2018 income tax return.  However, if you owe additional taxes for 2018, you will pay a failure to file penalty, a failure to pay penalty, and interest.  If you are due a refund, there are no penalties.  

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VolvoGirl
Level 15

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

But to be clear you have to file it on a 2018 return.  You can't just add it to your 2019 return next year.  You have 3 years to file if you are getting a refund.  
twistermike73
New Member

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

I owe the state one dollar will that rise by alto if I wait until 2020 to file
SweetieJean
Level 15

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

Possibly. Why not just do the state form by hand and send it in?
AlanT
Expert Alumni

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

good points
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twistermike73
New Member

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

Don't know what forms or where to get them
SweetieJean
Level 15

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

Go to the  state tax website.
cdaffner10
New Member

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

How would I go about doing this?

JohnB5677
Employee Tax Expert

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

If you've  filed your return and need to add additional information, then you will have to prepare an amended return in TurboTax.

 

If you used TurboTax Online, simply log in to your account and select “Amend a return that was filed and accepted.”

 

If you used our CD/download product, sign back into your return and select “Amend a filed return.” You must file a separate Form 1040X for each tax return you are amending.

 

Amend ONLINE    OR     Amend CD/Download       Amend 2016 - 2019

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CoreT34
Level 1

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

I already filed 2019 taxes on TurboTax n I'm trying to file 2018

DoninGA
Level 15

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?


@CoreT34 wrote:

I already filed 2019 taxes on TurboTax n I'm trying to file 2018


To complete and file a 2018 tax return using TurboTax you would need to purchase, download and install on a personal computer one of the 2018 desktop editions from this website - https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

LeonardS
Expert Alumni

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

No, you should file your 2018 tax returns as soon as possible.  The reply by @DoninGA provides you with the information you need to file your 2018 tax return.

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yorana
Level 1

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

My understanding is that you can.  I used a 1040-SR form and freefile TurboTax for 2019 tax return.  I found a printable 2018 1040 form online and filled it in by hand.  Looks like I send both to the same place, so I'm mailing them together. (I always have to mail my returns -- I think it's because my income is so low).  My tax returns are extremely simple.  Just Social Security and Standard Deduction, and nothing else.  I don't owe anything.  For future viewers, as I write this we are going through a Covid-19 outbreak nationwide.  There has been talk of some cash payments from the government for expenses and losses due to the virus pandemic.  I have read the amount of the payments will be based on income as reported and verified in 2018 tax returns.  I don't have to file, but I will file every year from now on.  I hope I won't miss out on any help.  I haven't lost as much as many workers, but it definitely has cost me due to shortages of supplies and the need to help family.  And I worry every month if I'll make it to my next Social Security payment in normal times, so anything extra means something else has to be cut.  I'm keeping saved and printed copies (signed) with the mailing date.  If you are able to submit electronically, you can keep track of it that way.  

xmasbaby0
Level 15

Can I wait until 2020 to file 2018 taxes?

@yorana 

If you are getting a tax REFUND you have up to three years from the filing deadline to file your return and still receive the refund.  If you had tax due--tax owed to the IRS---then missing the filing deadline and not paying means penalties and interest that begin with the filing deadline.

 

Putting two years of returns in the same envelope risks that the worker who opens the mail misses one. You should mail each year in its own envelope.  It is also a good idea to use a mailing service that tracks it so you know your return is received.

 

It seems you are filing these returns because you believe it has something to do with stimulus checks that may be issued.  Keep in mind that nothing has been decided or voted on yet by Congress.  We do not know yet how the program will be handled and whether filing a tax return is required.

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