, Answering FAQ'sTurboTax Employee
Look on your originally filed – not amended! – 2012 tax return
Before you can e-file your 2013 federal tax return, the IRS needs to verify your identity.
One way to do that is with your 2012 AGI (Adjusted Gross Income), which you can get from last year's original, unamended return. (The other, quicker verification method is to enter your IRS Electronic Filing PIN.)
Click the 1040 form you filed in 2012 to see exactly where to find your AGI. Which form do I click?
Other places to find your AGI ... or not
If your 2012 return was prepared by a tax professional or through a tax store, you might find your AGI printed on the cover or summary sheet that comes with your tax return package.
We can pretty much guarantee that you won't find your AGI on:
- Your W-2 or 1099 form;
- Unemployment papers;
- The internet;
- Any other official-looking document, unless it happens to be your 2012 tax return or an official IRS transcript or copy.
What if I didn't file a 2012 return? Or what if I still can't find my 2012 AGI?
If you didn't file a return with the IRS in 2012, simply enter a 0 as your AGI.
Otherwise, if you did file a 2012 return and still cannot locate your 2012 AGI, these are your options:
- Use your IRS-issued Electronic Filing PIN to verify your identity. Follow the directions in TurboTax or click here for instructions.
- Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and tell the agent you need your originally filed 2012 AGI—not a revised or amended AGI—so you can e-file. (Please note that wait times may be lengthy.)
- Instead of e-filing, file a paper return.
Whose AGI should I use if I filed my own return last year, but am filing jointly this year (or vice-versa)?
Enter your AGI as it appears on your originally filed 2012 return (enter a 0 if you didn't file a 2012 return).
If you're filing jointly this year, but didn't file jointly last year, TurboTax will ask for each spouse's 2012 AGI separately. Simply follow the on-screen instructions in TurboTax.
Do not split, allocate, or combine AGI amounts, even if doing so seems more logical to you.
Some more examples
- A married couple filing separately in 2013 that filed jointly in 2012 should each enter the same AGI amount from their jointly-filed 2012 return.
- A divorced taxpayer who filed jointly in 2012 but will not file jointly in 2013 should enter the full 2012 AGI, even if last year's income was earned entirely by their former spouse.
- Get a PDF Copy of Your 2012 or Earlier TurboTax Online Return
- E-file rejection errors IND-031 or IND-032: The e-filing PIN or prior year AGI does not match
- How do I get my 5-digit Electronic Filing PIN?