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Using your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) to verify your identity

What is my AGI? Why do I need to enter it to file?
Where do I find my previous year AGI?
Where not to look for my previous year AGI
What if I didn't file taxes last year?
What if my AGI was negative?
What if somebody claimed me as a dependent?
What if I used the status of married filing jointly last year? Do I split the combined AGI?
What if I used the status of married filing separately last year but want to file under married filing jointly this year?
I have re-entered my AGI and re-submitted my return; has my return been filed?

What is my AGI? Why do I need to enter it to file?

Your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is your total gross income minus certain deductions. The IRS uses your AGI from the previous year to help verify your identity when you e-file your return. Your previous year AGI is not required to file a paper copy of your return.

Where do I find my previous year AGI?

You can find your prior year AGI by looking at last year’s tax return:
Form 1040: line 37
Form 1040A: line 21
Form 1040EZ: line 4.

The IRS will reject your return if the AGI you entered doesn't match what the IRS has on file.

If you don’t have access to last year’s return, you can get your IRS transcript to view your AGI. For further assistance on the authentication process to access your federal tax information, check out this guide provided by the IRS.

Where not to look for my previous year AGI

Even if you believe you entered the correct AGI, please read below to make sure nothing has been overlooked. There are a couple of numbers that look very similar to an AGI but will cause your return to be rejected on Credit Karma Tax.
Don't use your W-2 and or 1099 to look for your AGI. A W-2 and or 1099 doesn't include all of the income or deductions that make up your AGI.
Don't use your AGI from an amended return. Always use the AGI from your originally-filed return, even if that return was technically incorrect.

What if I didn't file taxes last year?

If you didn't file a return last year, enter 0.

What if my AGI was negative?

You will need to enter your AGI as a negative number.

What if somebody claimed me as a dependent?

If you filed your own return last year, but someone also claimed you as a dependent, use the AGI from your return.

What if I used the status of married filing jointly last year? Do I split the combined AGI?

If you filed a joint return last year, each spouse should enter the combined AGI from last year’s joint return even if you are filing separately this year. You do not need to split this amount.

If you are filing a joint return again this year, with the same spouse, you will enter the combined AGI from your joint return for each taxpayer individually.

What if I used the status of married filing separately last year but want to file under married filing jointly this year?

If you are filing using the status "married filing jointly" this year, and filed "married filing separately" last year, enter each spouse's individual AGI from your prior-year returns.

I have re-entered my AGI and re-submitted my return; has my return been filed?

You should receive an email confirmation when your return has been filed. If you have not received a confirmation email, please contact Member Support.

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