What AGI Amount Should You Use for E-filing?

 

Planning on e-filing your taxes? As part of IRS procedures to secure your return, you’ll be required to provide your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) amount from the previous tax year to verify your identity.

However, in certain circumstances, you won’t use your actual AGI amount. If you filed your 2017 return after April 15 and it wasn’t received and processed by the IRS by Dec. 9, 2017, you should enter “0” for the AGI amount.

How to Get Your AGI From Last Year

To get your AGI from last year, you’ll need to look at your previous year’s forms. The location of your AGI depends on which form you filed. Below are the line numbers for returns filed in 2017.

Don’t have copies of last year’s forms? No worries. You can still locate your return and get your AGI from last year. Here’s how to obtain your previous tax information:

  • Use the IRS Get Transcript tool to receive a transcript online. This option is free.
  • Use the IRS Get Transcript tool to receive a transcript by mail. This option is free.
  • Complete Form 4506: Copy of Income Tax Return to receive a photocopy of your return. There is a fee for this option.
  • Find your previous year’s return when you login to your MyBlock account if you filed with H&R Block last year.

For additional details about these options, review our article about how to get copies of old tax returns.

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