e-file prior year agi

New This Year: How to Find Your Prior-Year AGI to Electronically File Your Taxes

March 10, 2017 : Allie Freeland – Contributing Editor

If you’ve already done your taxes this year, you probably noticed a change when it came time to electronically file your tax return. Whereas in prior years, you needed an IRS-issued PIN to e-file, this year you must verify your identity with the IRS by entering your prior-year AGI (AGI). The IRS issued the change as a way to safeguard taxpayers.

How Do I Find My Prior-Year AGI?

For Returning Clients…

If you are a returning H&R Block online client, your prior-year AGI will automatically populate.

For New Clients…

If you are new to H&R Block online, you can find your prior-year AGI a number of ways:

  1.     View your prior-year tax return. Look for your AGI on…
  2.     Line 4 on the Form 1040-EZ
  3.     Line 21 on the Form 1040-A
  4.     Line 37 on the Form 1040
  5.     Use the IRS “Get Transcript Online” tool to get your prior-year AGI in about 10-15 minutes. Or, you can use the “Get Transcript by Mail” option instead. This process takes five to 10 business days.
  6.     If you used a tax professional last year to e-file your taxes, get a copy of last year’s tax return from them.
  7.     Still having issues? Call H&R Block at 1-800-HRBLOCK.

For more resources on finding your prior-year AGI, head to the IRS website.

We hope this post clarifies the new e-File process this year! Remember: Do not stop the process of e-Filing your 2016 tax return if you don’t have your prior-year AGI. It can be found in a few, simple steps.

Allie Freeland – Contributing Editor

Allie Freeland – Contributing Editor

H&R Block

Allie is the Contributing Editor of the H&R Block blog, Block Talk. She has been a practicing grammar geek since 2007.

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