Returns for 2019, however, “must be filed on paper, whether self-prepared or submitted with the assistance of a paid preparer,” he said.
You can do your 2019 return using commercial do-it-yourself tax software, but you’ll have to print it out and mail it to the I.R.S. (IRS Free File, the program that gives filers access to free tax software based on their income, can be used only for current-year returns, Mr. Smith said.)
But if you still haven’t filed return for tax year 2020 or 2021, you can have a tax professional prepare it and file it electronically. The I.R.S. offers a searchable list of credentialed preparers.
Mr. Smith added that the I.R.S. was looking “ for opportunities to expand e-file, including reviewing e-filing of prior year returns.”
Here are some questions and answers about filing your 2019 tax returns:
What if I need tax documents to complete my 2019 return?
You should gather documents soon, because it might take time to obtain W-2 statements and other paperwork before the July deadline. You can request copies of W-2s from your employer and interest statements from your bank. If you can’t get the forms that way, the fastest option is to order a free “wage and income” transcript online at IRS.gov, which shows information reported to the I.R.S. You can also request a transcript in writing by filing Form 4506-T. The request can take several weeks to process, though, so the I.R.S. urges people to try the other options first.