TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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How do I file a prior year tax return?

To file a 2015, 2014, or 2013 tax return, you'll need to use the TurboTax CD/Download software.

(TurboTax Online can only be used for your 2016 taxes. It handles the current year only.)

Here’s what to do:

If You Think You Will Owe Taxes and Need to File Your 2015, 2014 or 2013 Return

There is no deadline to file your return. However, you should file your return as soon as you can, even if you can't pay your tax bill right away. The late-filing penalty can be 10 times higher than the late-payment penalty, and the longer you wait, the worse it gets.

If You're Expecting a Refund and Need to File Your 2015, 2014 or 2013 Taxes

If you'r expecting a refund, you have 3 years from the original due date to paper-file your tax return. (You also get an extra 3 months if you originally filed an extension.)

If you miss this deadline, however, any refund you're owed will be forfeitted to the government.

Due Dates to Paper-file Prior Year Return - Expecting a Refund

Tax Year No Extension With Extension
2015  April 15, 2019 October 15, 2019
2014  April 15, 2018 October 15, 2018
2013  (April 15, 2017) October 15, 2017

 


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