Can You E-File Old Tax Returns?
So the April 15th deadline has come and gone, but for whatever reason, you STILL need to file your tax return. What to do? Do you need to mail it? Can you send it in via E-File? Keep reading to find out your options.
Current Tax Year and Date Is BEFORE October 15th
If you missed the deadline but you are filing before October 15th, then you can still E-File your return. The IRS shuts down the E-File system in November/December to get everything ready for the next filing season, so you only have until then to get your return transmitted.
Current OR Prior Tax Year and Date Is AFTER October 15th
Well, that means that you’ve missed the E-File window and your only option is to mail a paper copy of your return to the IRS. Check this post for addresses on where to mail it.
How To E-File Your Return
If you are still within the window of time where you can use E-File, here are your options:
- Use IRS Free File or Fillable Forms. There are stipulations regarding these options which you can read more about here.
- Use Commercial Software. The thing to note with software is that it typically only supports the current year during the current E-File window. Thus, if you need to E-File a previous year, take a look at the next option.
- Find an Authorized E-File Provider. File Old Tax Returns is an authorized E-File Provider via Wilson Rogers & Company, Inc. We can gladly help you in preparing, filing and transmitting your current year tax return AND the two previous years (e.g. 2015-2013)! Each one of the states is a little different so please consult with us. Not dealing with the current or one of the two previous years? We can still help. To learn how, just download these instructions or give us a call at 844-TAXES88 (844-829-3788).