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Prior Year Adjusted Gross Income or AGI

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How to Obtain your 2020 IRS Tax Return Adjusted Gross Income or AGI
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Unemployment adjustment and your AGI for 2021: If you received unemployment income during 2020 and reported this on your return before the American Rescue Plan Act made the first $10,200 nontaxable, your 2020 AGI may have been changed. When e-filing your 2021 Return in 2022, you will be prompted to enter your 2020 AGI. The IRS has confirmed that taxpayers will want to enter their original AGI from their Form 1040, not the adjusted AGI amount.

Here are ways to obtain or find your 2020 Adjusted Gross Income or AGI dollar amount. The 2020 Adjusted Gross Income is needed as a form of IRS identification when you e-File your 2021 Tax Return on eFile.com or anywhere.

Regardless of how or where you filed your 2020 Return, your 2020 AGI is on your IRS accepted 2020 Tax Return Form 1040, Line 11.

  • If you have your 2020 Return in front of you, look for your AGI amount on the 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR, Line 11.
  • If you DID e-File your 2020 return on eFile.com, sign into your eFile.com account and download your 2020 PDF tax return file from the My Account page and obtain your AGI from Line 11.
  • If you DID NOT e-file your 2020 tax return on eFile.com, click this link to obtain your AGI from the IRS online. Here are instructions on how you can access your IRS account or transcript services: Get an IRS tax transcript with your 2020 AGI. This is a free service provided by the IRS. Once you have retrieved the transcript, look for: ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME.
  • If you are preparing and e-Filing your incomes taxes for the first time and are over the age of 16, enter $0 - as in the number zero - as your prior year AGI or indicate that you did not file last year.
  • If you e-Filed or filed a 2020 return and, for any reason, your prior year tax return - currently 2020 - has not yet been processed by the IRS, enter $0 - as in the number zero - as your prior year AGI.
  • If you submitted a Non-Filers or Simple Return for 2020, enter $1  - as in the number 1 - as your prior year AGI when you eFile your 2021 Return.
  • Your IP-PIN serves as an alternative to your prior your AGI. Instructions on how to obtain the IP-PIN.

Some Exceptions: Please note that if you filed your previous return later in the year (after September, 2021), then the IRS might not have updated their systems or transcript file with the correct AGI. If this is the case, click File on the left side of your account screen and follow all the on-screen prompts until you reach the Begin Signing Your Return screen. You will be asked, Did you file a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last year? Answer No and click Continue. We will automatically enter "0" as your prior-year AGI on your return. Proceed through the rest of the steps to e-File your return. This will not affect your prior year return.

If your return got rejected by the IRS due to an incorrect AGI amount, follow these instructions.

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