How do I open my tax return in the TurboTax software I installed?
The easiest way to open your return is to launch your TurboTax program, single click on the return you want to open and select Continue.
Another way is to choose Open Tax Return from the TurboTax File menu (Windows) or TurboTax menu (Mac). Browse to the location of your tax file and select Open.
Important: You need to use the TurboTax software from the same year as the tax return you are trying to open. Use 2018 TurboTax CD/Download to open you 2018 return. Use 2017 TurboTax CD/Download to open your 2017 return, etc.
File Type: Your return must be a .tax file in order for the TurboTax software to open it. The program won't open a PDF file.