Category: Taxes for Prior Years

With PriorTax, it’s never too late to file taxes for prior years. In fact, you can prepare your tax returns with us all the way back to the 2005 financial year. Our tax team specializes in prior year tax returns and can help prepare them as quick as your current return. Most taxpayers are not aware that they can still claim refunds for their late tax returns. You can claim refunds three years past the deadline date.

If you have other questions about your prior year taxes, leave a comment on our blog and our team will give you the answers you need!

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20 Facts About Filing an Amended Prior Year Tax Return

Posted by admin on February 7, 2017
Last modified: February 7, 2017

Did you take the wrong step with your tax return? Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Mistakes happen. If you filed your tax return with incorrect or missing information, the IRS will give you a chance to fix your mishap. Before insisting you 100% need to amend your return, though, take a look at our list of when you should, when you shouldn’t, and other need-to-know info about doing so.

 

What it is and where to file

1.Another name for an amended tax return is 1040X.

2.If you are amending multiple tax returns at once, you will need a prepared 1040X for each one. They will also need to be mailed in separate envelopes to the IRS.

3.You can prepare your amended tax return with PriorTax whether you filed your original return with us or a different tax preparer.

4.The address to mail your amended tax return is:

Department of the Treasury

Internal Revenue Service

Austin, Texas 73301-0215

Or if you are using a private delivery service:

Internal Revenue Service

3651 South I-H 35, Stop 6055 AUSC

Austin, Texas 78741

 

Fixing Information VS. Adding Additional Information

5.You don’t need to file an amended return for calculation mistakes. The IRS has calculators of their own which will update the information automatically on your return. (more…)

Calculate Your Prior Year Tax Refunds with Tax Calculators

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on January 5, 2017
Last modified: January 13, 2017

The IRS has never been keen on surprises. Know what to expect.

Whether you’re slightly behind on your taxes or up to date and ready to conquer tax season 2017, it’s nice to have a starting point. Taxes are intimidating if you go into it not knowing whether you owe the IRS or can expect a refund. Why not figure that out first?

 

Accessing prior year tax calculators online

With PriorTax, you can find out what your tax refund will be before you even think about the IRS. You don’t even need to create an account or enter any personal information at all. In fact it’s completely anonymous. And did I mention it’s 100% free?

We offer tax calculators dating back to 2011. You can access any of them by clicking the buttons below: (more…)

IRS Address to File a Late Tax Return

Posted by admin on December 15, 2016
Last modified: January 13, 2017

If you need to file a prior year tax return, you’ll have to mail it to the IRS…

Still need to get caught up on a prior year tax return? You’ll most likely need to paper file it. If this is the case, you’ll need the IRS address to send your return to.

You’ll be able to prepare any previous year tax return online, but you won’t be able to electronically file it. You’ll need to mail it to the IRS.

IRS address to file a late tax return

The address you’ll send your prior year tax return to will depend on what state you live in. Below, are five separate addresses on where to send a late tax return to. Please note that if you received a notice from the IRS with an alternate address, you should use that one.  (more…)

How Far Back Can I File Prior Year Taxes?

Posted by admin on October 26, 2016
Last modified: January 13, 2017

So, you ran a little late and forgot to file a prior year tax return?

Are you wondering if you can file a tax return all the way back, say, 6 years? The answer is yes, you can! This should not be confused with e-filing. The IRS has electronic filing available through October of the year your tax return is due. After that, taxpayers must paper file their returns; no exceptions. The good news? Paper filing your tax return is pretty much just as easy as e-filing. Instead of submitting your tax return online, you’ll need to print and sign it. Then, all you have to do it mail it to the IRS. Easy, right? You can file prior year taxes dating back to 2005 with PriorTax.

File prior year taxes for 2005-2015 on PriorTax

By law, the IRS may assess penalties to taxpayers for both failing to file a tax return and for failing to pay taxes they owe by the deadline. Therefore, if you have not filed taxes from 2005, 2006, etc. it’s best do so now (or as soon as possible) on PriorTax.

How many years back can you get a tax refund?

The IRS Statute of Limitations allows you three years from the filing deadline to file your prior year return and claim your refund. For example, the last day to claim your tax refund for the 2013 tax year is April 15, 2017. This is because the deadline date was April 15, 2014.

Keep in mind that they also have the same amount of time to audit you and up to ten years to collect any unpaid tax.

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Can I File My 2009 Taxes Online?

Posted by admin on October 20, 2016
Last modified: November 2, 2016

You can prepare your 2009 tax return online with PriorTax. 

Once, a long time ago, 2009 tax returns were due on April 15, 2010.

If you’ve been putting off filing your 2009 taxes since that initial deadline, you may wonder why you should bother filing at all?

There are a couple of good reasons you should do it.

For one, the IRS has 10 years to collect on any tax you owe. For two, tax penalties for filing late increase by the day and, by now, they have really built up. The longer you wait, the worse the situation.

The good news is that you can still prepare your 2009 taxes online with PriorTax.

Will I Owe the IRS Late Penalties?

If you owe the IRS from the 2009 tax year, plan on paying late penalties. These late fees include:

  • Failure-to-file: 5% of your tax due total for each month your return is filed late, up to 25%
  • Failure-to-pay: ½ of 1% of your unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month left unpaid (this amount is waived if you’re already facing the failure-to-file penalty)

The penalty for filing late can be ten times worse than the penalty for paying late. At the very least, file your 2009 return as soon as possible.

Then, contact the IRS to arrange to pay your tax bill. They can set up an installment plan that will work for you. (more…)

How to Check A Prior Year Tax Refund Status

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on October 20, 2016
Last modified: November 2, 2016

Go online and use the “Where’s My Refund” IRS tool. It works!

Although the IRS “Where’s My Refund” tool is available to check the progress of your return, it only applies to the tax return you filed for the most current tax year.

For example, let’s say you file your 2013 tax return and soon after remember to file your late 2012 return. Although you filed your 2013 taxes before your 2012, 2013 is going to be the one that the IRS site shows the status for since it is the most recent tax year in their database for you.

So how do you check your prior year tax refund status after mailing your return to the IRS?

Brace yourselves. A lot of you aren’t going to like Plan B. You’ll need to call the IRS. Of course, you don’t want to mail your return and call on your lunch break the following day. The IRS insists that you wait it out for at least 6 weeks after mailing your return to call and check on the status. When you call, make sure you have the following handy:

  • tax year
  • social security number
  • filing status
  • exact refund amount

You can call 1-800-829-1040 and follow the prompts for a live representative. The person that you speak with will have direct access to your tax return and be able to provide you with a status update.

Tip: Request a tracking number when mailing your return. It’ll give you peace of mind to know that it arrived safe and sound.

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How To File 2012 Taxes in 2016

Posted by admin on October 18, 2016
Last modified: November 2, 2016

Feel like giving up? Take a deep breath: you can still file your late 2012 taxes!

Procrastination happens. Maybe you planned to file your 2012 taxes when they were due, but ended up putting it off until a later date. Now, it’s 2016 and you still haven’t filed your 2012 taxes. Sound familiar? The good news is you can file 2012 taxes with PriorTax. 

Yes, it will be considered late. However, it’s much better to file late, than to never file at all!

If the process of filing your late taxes is causing you mild stress, take a deep breath and simply follow our provided steps.

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PriorTax Reviews

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on October 17, 2016
Last modified: November 2, 2016

PriorTax is one of the best places to file late taxes online – just ask our customers

Here at PriorTax ,we allow you to file your late tax returns with the same ease it takes to file for the current year. Our application gathers your information and then fills in your return automatically. Plus, free live help is available via phone, live chat, or email to answer your questions along the way.

We take the stress out of filing late, and some of our customers like our application so much they come back every year to file their current taxes too.

Take a look at what some of our current customers are saying. And if you don’t believe these testimonials, check out the Better Business Bureau, where we have an A+ rating.

Quick and easy. Made it so simple to get my taxes up to date. No more IRS worries. Highly recommended.

~Tina from San Clemente, CA (more…)

How to Get Prior Year State Tax Information

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on May 25, 2016
Last modified: November 2, 2016

You can’t run from your past…even when it comes to taxes.

With federal taxes, we’re all, more or less, in the same boat. The IRS is a one stop shop for everyone; no matter where in the country you live. When we’re talking state tax returns, we each seem to be out to sea on our own one-man floats. States are given some leeway to construct a unique set of guidelines for resident and nonresident taxpayers.

For federal taxes, you can always contact one entity; the IRS. If you want to request prior year state tax information, you’ll need to contact that state specifically. We’ve put together a list for you including the following information for each state:

  • State revenue department telephone number
  • State revenue department address (for tax purposes)
  • State revenue department website link
  • Price of requested documentation (if provided)

 

Alabama

Phone: 334-353-0602

Address: Alabama Department of Revenue

50 North Ripley Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

Website: Alabama Department of Revenue

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Last Day to Claim Your 2013 Tax Refund

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on May 16, 2016
Last modified: April 12, 2017

Don’t let this one slip through the cracks. The last day to claim your 2013 tax refund is April 15th, 2017!

Timing controls everything in life, from the expiration date on your milk carton to your child’s expected due date next Spring. Tax refunds are no exception. In fact, the IRS gives you three years from the initial deadline to claim that money.

The good news is that with PriorTax, we can help you over that hump we like to call procrastination. We’ll help you get that 2013 tax refund as quickly as possible with no hassle at all.

First things first… prepare your tax return online.

Now that you know you can still claim your refund, let’s get to work. Follow these steps now. Thank us later.

  1. Create your PriorTax account. It’s free to do this. You’ll even be able to see exactly how big of a refund you can expect before paying anything!
  2. Complete our easy online application. With your tax documents handy, this part will be super easy. We have it all laid out for you (no tax forms necessary).
  3. Submit your account. Once you’ve finished, then our tax team can take a look. We’ll make sure that you included all necessary information before the IRS gets their hands on it.
  4. Download your tax return. Once our team has reviewed your return, we’ll let you know when a copy is available to print, sign and mail to the IRS. Unfortunately, the IRS does not let you e-file after the tax deadline for that year, so you’ll need to take advantage of good ol’ fashioned snail mail.
  5. Wait for your refund. In my opinion, this part is always the hardest.

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