You would think that they would either provide the ability to open and read an old return (even if you couldn't edit it) within TT or offer a utility that would do so. But no, just pay up and forget about accessing old returns in case of an audit or other need. Very poor support for their customers.
Each tax year has different forms, tax laws, calculations etc so it would be hard to open a prior year return in the current software, it would not show correctly or have the right calculations. For the future when you use the desktop version you can also save your return as a PDF file in case you do need to open/view/print your return without the software being installed (you can also save an online return as a PDF).
To save Desktop file as a PDF file:
- Open your tax return
- File menu - choose Save to PDF
Also, you can get a free transcript of your return from the IRS (up to 10 years), you can order the transcript online, see the following
Or, you can manually fill out the form & mail it
For more information on ordering a transcript
Convert your 2004-2010 TurboTax data file to PDF
In order to calculate a correct amended return you would need the desktop software for that year (each year tax laws, forms, credits etc change). If you install a desktop software older than TurboTax supports for updates (fours prior years plus the current year) then your amended return may not prepare correctly.
The files are no where to be found on-line. No help from TT. I can't believe that they have no electronic record of data that they processed.
To make matters worse, there are no records of saved files on my hard drive either. Perhaps user error, perhaps software glich - regardless, I'm lost and TT support is non-existent.
No they don't. You could try the TaxPrinter service to convert a .tax file to pdf at
They might be expensive and it is probably not safe to email tax returns back and forth. They are not related to Turbo Tax. I don't know if they can do State.
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