Your 2011 Adjusted Gross Income and other AGI information
Look on your originally filed – not amended! – 2011 tax return
To e-file your 2012 federal tax return, the IRS requires you to verify your identity.
One verification method is your 2011 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), which you can get from last year's original, unamended 2011 return. (The other, quicker method is to simply request a PIN from the IRS.)
Click the 1040 form you filed in 2011 to see exactly where to find your AGI. Which one do I click?
Other places to look for your AGI ... or not
If you used a tax store to prepare your 2011 return, you may find your AGI printed on the cover or summary sheet that comes with your prepared return package.
We guarantee that you won't find your AGI on:
- Your W-2 or 1099 form;
- Unemployment papers;
- The internet;
- Any other official-looking document, unless it happens to be your 2011 tax return or an official IRS transcript.
AGI tips for new (and former) joint filers
Enter your AGI as it appears on your originally filed 2011 return, or a 0 if you didn't file a 2011 return.
Do not split, allocate, or combine AGI amounts, even if doing so seems more logical to you.
- A couple that filed separate returns in 2011 and are filing jointly in 2012 should enter two separate AGI amounts, one from each respective spouse's 2011 return.
- A couple filing separately in 2012 that filed jointly in 2011 should each enter the same AGI amount from their jointly-filed 2011 return.
- A divorced taxpayer who filed jointly in 2011 but will not file jointly in 2012 should enter the full 2011 AGI, even if all of the 2011 income was earned by their former spouse.
What if I cannot find - or did not file - my 2011 return, or I am a first time filer?
The good news is you don't need your 2011 AGI if:
- You entered your IRS-issued PIN (this satisfies the identity verification requirement);
- You transferred data from a 2011 return that you filed using TurboTax; (we automatically transfer your 2011 AGI); or
- You didn't file a 2011 tax return, or you are a first time filer. (In that case, simply enter 0 as your AGI.)
Otherwise, if you cannot locate your 2011 AGI, here are your options:
- Use your Electronic Filing PIN instead. Follow the directions in TurboTax or click here for instructions.
- Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and tell the agent you need your originally filed 2011 AGI—not a revised or amended AGI—so you can e-file. Please note that wait times may be lengthy.
- File a paper return instead.