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12091: e-Filing Current and Prior Year Returns

EF Generally

Which year(s) of returns can be e-filed?

The IRS supports e-file of the current year tax return and the two prior years through the MeF system (Modernized e-File system). During the 2021 tax year, you can e-file a 2021, 2020, or 2019 return from the corresponding year of Drake Tax. All other prior years must be paper-filed. 

Remember that to be able to transmit a prior year state return, Drake must support that return type (for example, state corporate returns) and the state must be able to accept them for that year.

Return Type

What Years Can Be e-Filed1

 1120, 1120S, 1065,
990, 70042
Current year and two immediately preceding years

1Subject to scheduled maintenance outage December - January. See Related Links below for details.
With certain limited exceptions, the instructions for Form 7004 advise that it must be filed on or before the due date of the applicable tax return. An untimely Form 7004 cannot be cured by e-filing it.

For more information see, "1.4 General Information About MeF," under the heading "Current and prior 2 Tax Years are Accepted" in Publication 4164.

You may have received an email notification that the second release of Drake 21 was available in which it was noted that prior years 2018 through 2020 were able to be transmitted. The inclusion of 2018 was a typo. The IRS has not expanded the number of prior years eligible for e-filing at this time. Only 2019-2021 are eligible for e-filing during calendar year 2022 (tax year 2021). 

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