How do I file a prior year tax return?

On the home page of FreeTaxUSA, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Prior Year Products link at the bottom of the web page. You can prepare, print and mail your prior year return. Only the current year tax return can be e-filed.

If you prepared a tax return using our software in a previous year and simply want to print a copy of your old tax return, just sign in to your account and go to the Print Prior Year Return page in the Account section of the menu.

How do I print out a copy of a prior year tax return?

Sign in to your account and use the menu bar across the top of the screen and select Account. Under that option will be a Print Prior Year Return link you can click to link prior year returns to your current account in order to view/print them.

If you didn't do your prior year tax return using our software, You can request an IRS transcript of your tax return from the IRS website. A transcript includes items from your tax return as it was originally filed. IRS transcripts will meet lending or immigration requirements. It usually takes 5 to 10 business days to receive a copy of the transcript.

There are three ways to request a transcript:
  1. The IRS website
  2. Call 1-800-908-9946
  3. Use Form 4506-T

Can I prepare a tax return for the prior year?

Yes. If you want to prepare a tax return for the prior year, or if you started a tax return during the prior year and want to finish it, you can do so.

Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click Prior Year Products. You can choose to either start a new tax return from the previous year or continue a tax return from the previous year. You will not be able to e-file a prior year tax return since the deadline for e-filing a prior year tax return with the IRS has passed. You can, however, print and mail the tax return.

What information can be imported from my prior year tax return?

If you choose to import information from last year's FreeTaxUSA account into your current account, your name, address, spouse, and dependents information (if applicable) will be imported.

If you had the Dependent Care Credit last year, your child care providers information will roll forward. W-2 (W2) forms from last year will roll forward the name and address of your employer. 1099-INTs will roll forward the name of any bank or other institution you received interest income from last year. 1099-DIVs will roll forward the name of any corporation you received dividends from last year. 1099-Rs will roll forward the payer name and address of any retirement distributions received last year. Your prior year Self-Select PIN and prior year Adjusted Gross Income will roll over onto this year's Self-Select PIN screen.

Any business information such as Schedule C businesses, K-1s, rental properties, and farms will roll forward along with information about those businesses, such as assets that are being depreciated.

I need past copies of tax returns.

Sign in to your account and use the menu bar across the top of the screen to select the Account option. Under that option will be a Print Prior Year Return link that you can click to link prior year returns to your current account in order to view or print them.

If you didn't do your prior year tax return using our software, You can request an IRS transcript of your tax return from the IRS website. A transcript includes items from your tax return as it was originally filed. IRS transcripts will meet lending or immigration requirements. It usually takes 5 to 10 business days to receive a copy of the transcript.

There are three ways to request a transcript:
  1. The IRS website
  2. Call 1-800-908-9946
  3. Use Form 4506-T

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