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How do I get my AGI if I don't have a prior year tax return?

SOLVEDby TurboTax1425Updated February 01, 2022

If you don't have a prior year return to find your previous year’s AGI, you have a few options.

  1. Order an online transcript of your return at the IRS Welcome to Get Transcript site.   
  2. On the IRS transcript website, select Get Transcript Online.

 Once logged in and security questions answered you will be immediately given access to your transcript. 

  1. Order a printed transcript of your return at the IRS Welcome to Get Transcript site.
  2. On the IRS transcript website, Select Get Transcript By Mail.
  3. Once logged in and security questions answered you will receive your transcript within 5 to 10 calendar days at the address on file. 
  4. Print your return and send it in by mail if you're still having problems getting your adjusted gross income (AGI) from last year.

If you’re still waiting for your 2020 tax return to be processed, enter $0 for your prior year’s adjusted gross income (AGI) on your 2021 tax return. You’ll need to provide your AGI to e-file your 2021 tax return.

If you used the Non-Filers tool in 2021 to register for an advance Child Tax Credit payment or third Economic Impact Payment, enter $1 for your prior year’s AGI on your 2021 tax return.

Note: If you didn't file last year and you’re in TurboTax, just make sure to indicate that when asked. If you've already entered a number for your AGI, manually enter “0” instead.

Still having trouble? Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 between 7AM to 7PM local time, or make an appointment at a local IRS office.

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