Can I File My 2009 Taxes in 2013?

April 15, 2013 is the last chance to get a refund from your 2009 taxes

File your 2009 taxes by April 15, 2013 to get your refund

Yes, you can still file your 2009 taxes. And what’s more, you can still get a refund – but not for much longer. The IRS has a statute of limitations that only allows you to get a refund for three years after the original due date of a return.

This means that for 2009 taxes (originally due on April 15, 2010) the last day you can get a refund is April 15, 2013. After this date the government gets to keep your refund money, even though you’re technically still required to file a 2009 return.

If you haven’t filed your 2009 return yet, do so now. Don’t give away money that rightfully belongs to you.

Many people who are late on their taxes automatically assume that they’ll be punished for it. That’s not always the case. In fact, late filers are more likely to receive a refund than people who file during the regular tax season. And if you are due a refund you don’t have to pay any penalties or interest.

Unfortunately, though you only have three years to get a refund, the statute of limitations on the IRS collecting taxes due is ten years. So if you owe money, don’t think that you’ve successfully evaded the IRS just because three years has gone by. They’ve got another seven to collect that money.

And if you do owe the government money, you may have to pay a failure-to-file penalty, a failure-to-pay penalty, and interest. These penalties get larger for every day that your return is late, so it makes sense to file as soon as possible.

Unfortunately you won’t be able to e-file your 2009 return. E-file is only available between January and October for current year returns. This means that you’ll have to paper file your 2009 return.

You can still prepare your return online, but when you’re finished you will have to print it out, sign it, and mail it to the IRS yourself. Paper filing also means that your refund will take a little longer than it would if you were able to e-file. Generally paper filed returns are able to get their refunds in about 3-4 weeks, though sometimes longer. It’s an inconvenience, but seeing as you’ve already waited three years for your refund I’m sure you can wait three more weeks.

The good news is that you can file your 2009 return right now. Before you file your 2012 return, make sure you’re caught up on all your previous tax returns.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 5:49 pm and is filed under Tax Deadlines, Tax News, Tax Tips.

60 Responses to “Can I File My 2009 Taxes in 2013?”

  1. Bradley Lott says:

    Need to file 2011 & 2012 tax return.

  2. shawna says:

    Will my 2009 return be affected if i file my 8863 education credit because of new taxs laws

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Shawna,

      Your 2009 return will be governed by the tax laws in effect for 2009, not by new tax laws that were established recently. So you should be able to claim the American Opportunity Credit for 2009.

  3. britt says:

    Can I file my 2011 w2 with my 2012

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Britt,

      No, you cannot include a 2011 W-2 on your 2012 return. If you didn’t file a return for 2011, then you need to file a separate 2011 return (which you can do right here on RapidTax). If you did file a 2011 return but just forgot to include this W-2 then you need to amend your 2011 return. Your 2012 return should only report the income you received in 2012.

  4. Alex says:

    I am a bit confused. I need to file my 2009 taxes. Good thing is they owe me money. Above it says that you can’t e file and to just fill out the form online print it and mail it in. So I pay the 34.99 or the 49.99 just to prepare it on this site print it and then mail it in?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Alex,

      Yes that’s correct. Unfortunately prior year returns can’t be e-filed. So basically everything will be the same as if you were filing a current year return normally, except at the very end instead of e-filing you’ll just print out your return, sign it, and mail it to the IRS.

  5. Gyve says:

    I already e-filed my 2012 taxes. BUt, i still have to file one for the 2009(1098-T). And since it has to be mailed, i am moving out in 15 days, should i add my New Address or will there be consequences for using the new address if you are still living in the old apt?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Gyve,

      I would probably use the new address, just to make sure you get any correspondence they need to send you. There shouldn’t be any negative consequences. Plus, writing your new address on your return will save you from having to separately change your address in writing.

  6. jose says:

    i filed my 2011-2012 taxes this year. i sent them via mail and when i checked the irs site it only gave me 2012 return do i have to wait till i get that money for my 2011 to populate in the system?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Jose,

      As far as I’m aware, the IRS’s Where’s My Refund system only works for current year returns, so you won’t be able to see the progress of your 2011 refund.

  7. Emily says:

    My boyfriend received a letter advising he did not file taxes for 2009-2011 and he of course has penalties. He is currently working on getting all the w2s he needs but should he still file or just pay the penalites?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Emily,

      He definitely needs to file. He’s receiving the penalties because he didn’t file. If he doesn’t file now, he’s just going to continue accruing penalties.

  8. Lawrence Cecil says:

    Just a FYI for everyone, I filed my 2009 tax return April 13, 2013 and am expected to receive a Federal refund of $541. Previous 4 years of returns filed include 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 return – all filed together on April 13, 20013. The IRS web sites provide no links which allow for searching the status of past retuns and as of today, I still have not received any notification as to the status of my return. Has anyone ever expereinced that same problems with the IRS? The IRS is so quick to come after us for the slightest problem, but ignors situations like mine.

  9. Lynda says:

    I filed amended tax returns for 2009, 2010 and 2011 all three years I was due a refund from. I sent all the returns out at the same time and to the same address ( 3 seperate envelopes). I received refund checks from the IRS for 2010 and s 2011 returns, but the IRS is saying they NEVER RECEIVED MY 2009 AMENDED RETURN. I was also told that the statute of limitations has ran out. There is no way I can prove that the amended return was filed well before the April deadline. I find this very fishy on the IRS part. How many other taxpayers has the IRS conveniently lost their 2009 returns that show a refund due?!

  10. Wwndy says:

    I did the same thing., I bought half a house in 2009 and was told I could not get a homebuyer credit by a tax preparer. Then I was told I could and filed on April 15, 2013 and sent it by registered mail. I know they got in on April 18, 2013 but have heard nothing. I can find nothing on the WHER’s MY REFUND site. It has been over 90 days, shouldn’t they have at least told me if I would not be getting the tax refund/

  11. KAY-A says:

    FOR MANY OF YOU THAT ARE TRYIN T FILE YOUR 2009 TAXES HERE ARE MY 2 CENTS I FILE THEM WELL AN AMENDED 1040X ON 3/2013 TODAY AND THEY STARTED TO PROCESS IT N ON 3/29 TODAY 7/20 I GE LETTER 105c TELLING ME THEY ARE DISALLOWIN MY REFUND BECAUSE ITS OVER 3 YEAS OLD I AM APPEALLING FIRST THING MONDAY MORNING ODVIOUSLY SOME PEOPLE INTHERE SEE TH 2009 NUMBER N AUTOMATICALY DENY IT

  12. KAY-A says:

    https://sa2.www4.irs.gov/wmar/start.do THIS IS THE LINK TO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR AMENDED RETURN FOR PRIOR YEARS

  13. KASIE says:

    I HAVE RECIEVED A LETTER FROM IRS TODAY THAT I DIDNT FILED MY TAX FOR 2011 .. IS IT TO LATE FOR ME TO FILED .. IRS IS BILING ME FOR THE AMOUNT THAT I DIDNT FILED FOR .. I SUPER NEED HELP NOW ..

  14. Leslie says:

    Ok to all of you that have filed for 2009 refund. If you indeed had it post marked by April 15, 2013. You can file a grievance thru custom service. 800-829-1040 hit 1 then 00000000 and the operator will come on… Tell them you need someone to help u with a 2009 refund that the automatic system will not allow u to get into it. Once u get customer service ask them if your return is in the Statue of Limitation department for review. If they say it is or not tell them you want to file a referral to find out why it hasn’t been refunded. After 12weeks from April 15, 2013 which would be July 15, 2013 by law they have to start researching and assign it to a person. Of course they won’t give you the persons name. U can also write to IRS, Kansas City, Mo. 64999. This is the statue of limitations department and request a copy of ur envelope they scanned in for the post marked to be April 15 ,2013 or before that date. That is what they are hoping you screwed up so they don’t pay you. The money will sit there unless you do the referral. Then 30 days from the referral if you still have no response then you can call the IRS Advocate line @ 877-777-4778. For hardship. They will then file another referral on ur behalf and the IRS has 7 days to respond to that. The IRS basically wants to trip you up and you need to request copies of everything they have of urs for 2009. U can also request copies from the service center where you sent your taxes. They are very sneaky and it took me hours upon hours to get all the information. Basically tying up two cell phones and home phone calling them everyday blowing the phones up getting different people to spill the beans on how everything works. So sad. No this is not online or on the IRS website. So certify mail them and call them everyday and make sure they have ur referral and see if any notes have been made. We moved and I thought we owed taxes for 2009 that’s why I do not get money back for that year. In the process of having my 2012 done with a new acct. in a new state he ask for aig # and copies of prior returns and discovered substantial amount of money that is owed to us. Very sad. Our taxes r so simple and we got our 2013 back February 2013. This is crazy u have to go thru all this bullshit cause they are trying to steal ur money….

  15. Leslie says:

    Oops 2012 back February 2013.

  16. Sharon Brown says:

    I have return that need to be sent in from 2009-2010 I do a refund but didn’t have the money at the time to pay for it if i will mail them in now will I get my refund thatw do.

  17. priscilla says:

    So even if you filed online before the deadline, but didn’t get it in the mail before that date…there is no way to get your refund?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Priscilla,

      You can’t file prior year returns online, you have to mail them in. And yes, if they are not postmarked by the deadline they will not be considered filed on time.

  18. priscilla says:

    And I mean for 2009

  19. Liz Butanda says:

    Can I still file my 2011 and 2012 now?

  20. chris says:

    I had a tax offset from Department of education,for the past 2 years.It was barely lifted .I have not filed 2011 or 2012.I was wondering if i should file 2012 first then 2011. Also in the process i found out ny nom claimed my 2 children for 2011.I know Um due a refund both years,but my question is if i send in 2011 with my children will i be audited..& slow down 2012..I have been waitung to file to catch up on bils & now I find out about my mom.

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Chris,

      Generally it’s best to file your taxes in order, as you sometimes need information from 2011 to prepare 2012, for example. If you file a 2011 return and claim to children that have been claimed by someone else, yes it will slow down your refund. You will not be audited, necessarily, but the IRS will have to review the case and that could take some extra time. However it will not slow down your refund for 2012. The two years are not connected, the refunds are not connected, and something that slows down one should not slow down the other.

  21. Michele says:

    Hi
    I found out my husband soon to be ex did not file 2009 taxes when I did not get a job working the state’s revenue dept. My husband always file the taxes and not for sure why he did not. We were living in one state and left at the end of December 2009. Start living in another state January 2010. We received 2009 D-400V form Payment Voucher Substitute for a return from the current state we live in now. Can the current state we live in request taxes that heyr are not even owed? We were not even living in this state 2009. With that said, we got all the W2 and tax information together and sent it in 09/2013 to IRS? Do the state and government communicate? Do they know we submitted our tax return? Should I current state tax revenue to tell we file and they are not owe any money? Please help not sure what to do

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi,

      The state and government can communicate. I would suggest contacting the state directly. If you do not owe any taxes, there shouldn’t be a problem. Also, I would suggest filing any years that are not filed sooner rather than later.

  22. shanna says:

    What if I already filed last year but want to. Use the same. W2s can I do that. Even if.it’s from 2011 can I file them again?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Shanna,
      You will need to use the correct W-2 that corresponds with the year you are filing for. Your income may have changed or you may have had more or less taxes taken out, meaning your tax information would not be correct for the year you are filing.

      If you need help getting your W-2 for the correct year, I would suggest contacting your employer. If this isn’t possible you can get it through the IRS.

  23. chris says:

    @ Tax advisor Thank you for your response! My offset was removed so I actually mailed in both my 2011 & 2012 returns on Oct 30th in Texas! I waited 3 weeks & was able to check WMR ,but only my 2011 return was actually showing as processing with the 21 day standard time,2012 was saying no information found. So I called & spoke to an IRS rep that said they received both returns on Nov 20th,& that I had to wait 8 weeks before calling back.Me being impatient I started to worry with all the horror stories of people waiting since Feb for there refunds, so I contacted them again 11/29 and was told that my 2011 has been processed but my refund was on hold.I asked for what reason but was told,that they didnt know the reason could be because of the amount,but that I would recieve a letter & I would have to wait till the end of january.also ,that my 2012 returns have not been entered or processed. Well I checked wmr tonight 12/09 & 2011 was giving me the error message “no information found for that social security”same thing that 2012 was originally giving me. I went into a panic As this was the only return that kept me informed some what! So I thought for sure something was wrong. It then dawned on me that maybe it was because they have inputted my 2012 return into the system & now maybe that one at the very least is in processing. So I entered in that amount Low & Behold not only was it processed but it had a DD date for 12/11!!! I just checked on Friday 12/6 & there was no information found for 2012. So in reality my 2012 return processed and my refund approved in 2 days!! How is this possible? Although Im thankful that I received one, I have no way of knowing about my 2011! How could they approve the bigger refund of the 2 & not the other? I even sent them there wage info for 2011 that they sent me ,so 2011 should have been clear cut!

  24. Dustin says:

    In 2011 or 2012 I cannot remember which I worked at a job for a very short time. Just a few days. I never got a check from them so I cannot remember if I got a w2 from them. How can I find out if all of my taxes were done right in 2011 or 2012? Its really making me nervous I dont want to get into trouble for a mistake I didn’t even know I made.

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Dustin,
      If you never got a check from them (if you were never paid), then you won’t have to worry. You can always request a copy of your 2011 or 2012 taxes you filed, from the IRS.

      • Dustin says:

        Ok thank you for your response. Is there a way to check if my taxes from past years were done correctly?

        • Dustin says:

          I have not got any letters or anything so I assume all of my taxes were done correctly but I was just curious if there is a way to check to make sure all of my taxes were done correctly

  25. Mark says:

    I got a letter from the IRS. Saying that I owe $940 because I forgot a w-2 last year. It says I must pay before Feb.5th. Does anybody know if they will just take it out of my refund this year if I can not pay it by then and how much longer will that take?

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Yes, if you didn’t pay your taxes last year, they will probably hold on to your refund until your pay your taxes due from last year. Did you file your taxes last year? If you still need to file and then pay, I suggest doing so right away so any money you owe doesn’t increase. To do so, simply go to our create an account page and select the tax year (in your case, “Prior Year 2012″). You can prepare your return, print and send it to the IRS, in the mail.
      Once your prior year is processed, and your tax due is paid, you can file your current year and will receive your refund. You can still file your current year taxes before your prior year is paid, you just probably won’t receive your current year refund.

  26. natlie says:

    What if i did not file in 2013. Can i still file this year and will they keep my return

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Natlie,
      If you have taxes due for last year, your current tax season refund could be held onto until you file and pay the tax due for last year’s taxes.
      I suggest filing last year’s taxes as soon as you can. If you do have tax due, it increases as time passes. Regardless, to file last year’s taxes, go to the “create an account” page on our website and from the drop down “tax year” menu, pick “prior year 2012″. You can create a USER ID and get started on last year’s return right away. Once you submit, your return will be reviewed and available for download. Then, you will send it into the IRS (with any tax due).

      After, you can create an account for the current year and file your current year taxes and receive your refund.

  27. Hi Brandi says:

    I already file my taxes for 2013 but I forgot one w2 what should I do???

    • Tax Advisor says:

      It depends on how filed. Did you file on RapidTax? If you filed online, you can make a change to your tax return and should contact the company you filed with. If you mailed in your return you will have to file form 1040x, which is an amended return, reporting the W2 information you forgot.

  28. Lynzee says:

    I have not filed my 2011 or 2012 taxes….I have an estimate of a return i would receive, It’s nothing big but I don’t owe in,,,,,however I am waiting on a w2 form from 2012 still so I have to wait to file til I get that….. also can not afford to pay H & R block to file those two previous years right now, My question is can i E file my 2013 taxes now, so that I can pay for my two previous years to be filed or will it be rejected?

  29. Nate says:

    Hi, Very similar question as the one above. I’m trying to help a good friend of mine file his taxes for 2013. He was incarcerated in 2008 and never filed his taxes for that year and in that time lost his W-2 for 2008.

    I’m assuming he needs to file his 2008 taxes somehow otherwise his 2013 return will be rejected?

    Thanks in advance!

  30. mikki says:

    I didn’t file my 2012 tax return yet. I know it has to be mailed in, can I still file my 2013 taxes before they get the 2012 taxes? Or will they deny my 2013 tax return until they are done processing my 2012 return ? Thank you.

  31. Virginia says:

    Hi I have a question I flied my taxes got my refund.but I didnt qualify for the income credited for my kids,I have three 7year-old,6years old,&4 months old.now I just got a 1099 form I didnt know I was getting can I still claim again.my name is Virginia.

  32. Michelle says:

    I was 2 years behind on my taxes sent in my 2011 tax return in December did not owe anything was getting a refund but would like to know how long back taxes take. Have received 2013 refund and didnt file that one untill Janurary

    • Tax Advisor says:

      Hi Michelle,
      Prior year tax returns definitely take longer than current year returns. Usually anywhere between 4-8 weeks. I would call the IRS to check the status of your 2011 return.

  33. angela says:

    hi my husband didn’t file 2009 taxes the irs has held on to our 2011 an 2013 taxes until we file 2009 taxes we filed 2009 taxes on the feb 27 how long will it take to find out if they are keeping all the money or how much penalties we owe

  34. hani says:

    hello. I am a US citizen living and working abroad since 2011 and didn’t know that I had to file taxes for 2011, 2012 and current tax year 2013 . I make around 7900 dollars a year. can I file my taxes now and will there be any penalities?? .can I file them electronically because it will be difficult to send them by mail. plus I don’t have a current address in US now to receive my mail.. please help because I want to be up to date with everything . thanks

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