Prior Year Adjusted Gross Income or AGI

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How to Obtain your 2022 IRS Tax Return Adjusted Gross Income or AGI



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The 2021 Adjusted Gross Income is needed as a form of IRS identification when you e-File your 2023 Tax Return on eFile.com or anywhere. This can be found on the copy of your tax return; specifically, on your Form 1040. Here are ways to obtain or find your 2022 Adjusted Gross Income or AGI dollar amount:

  • If you have your 2021 Return in front of you, look for your AGI amount on the 2022 Form 1040 or 1040-SR, Line 11. Regardless of how or where you filed your 2022 Return, this is where it will be.
  • If you DID e-file your 2022 Return on eFile.com, sign into your eFile.com account, download your 2022 PDF tax return file from the My Account page, and obtain your AGI from Line 11.
  • If you DID NOT e-file your 2021 Tax Return on eFile.com, select this link to obtain your AGI from the IRS online by accessing the IRS account transcript service: Get an IRS tax transcript. This is a free service provided by the IRS. Once you have retrieved the transcript, look for: ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME - this should be on the third page.
  • If you are preparing and e-filing your incomes taxes for the first time and are over the age of 16, then 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 2022 Return and, for any reason, that return 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 2022, enter $1 - as in the number 1 - as your prior year AGI when you eFile your 2023 Return. If this is rejected by the IRS, enter $0 as your AGI.
  • If you cannot find your copy online, from your records, or cannot get a transcript for any reason, you can request a paper copy by mailing Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, which will cost $43. See how to request a paper copy tax return from the IRS. File your returns on eFile.com each year and download them once they're accepted so you do not have to worry about this.
  • Your IP-PIN serves as an alternative or addition to your prior your AGI: instructions on how to obtain an IP-PIN.

Enter Your AGI to e-File Your Return

Follow the checkout process here and see steps 13-14 on when to enter your AGI. The linked page also has screenshots to better assist in entering your AGI in the right place. The IRS requires this to verify your identity and enable e-filing.

Some Exceptions: Note that if you filed your previous return later in the year (after September 2022), 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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