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:
- View your prior-year tax return. Look for your AGI on…
- Line 4 on the Form 1040-EZ
- Line 21 on the Form 1040-A
- Line 37 on the Form 1040
- 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.
- If you used a tax professional last year to e-file your taxes, get a copy of last year’s tax return from them.
- 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.