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Unless you have carry forward losses or deductions, filing on paper avoids all of the numbers that they ask from the previous return.

Well, you can get around missing information whether you're filing electronically or on paper, but that doesn't mean that your return will be right. For example, even if you itemized deductions the prior year, a state tax refund may or may not be taxable income and, if taxable, may or may not be fully taxable. Without the prior year's return you don't know for sure. Unless you have a really good memory, that is.

Bottom line, keep your returns. Forever. If nothing else it will provide amusement for those cleaning up after you've gone to your dirt nap.

Phil
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