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How do I print old tax returns?

It said I had to pay before I could download my old returns
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Level 15

How do I print old tax returns?

If you did not pay for the one of the 2016 online editions of either Plus, Deluxe, Premier or Self-Employed you will need to start a 2017 tax return using the online Free editon and create the account with the exact same user ID you used to create the prior year online account -

After starting the tax return with the Free edition you will need to upgrade to the Plus edition and pay for the Plus edition ($29.99) so you can access all the prior year online tax returns through October 2019.

To pay the TurboTax online account fees by credit card, without completing the 2017 return at this time, click on Tax Toolson the left side of the online program screen.  Then click on Print Center.  Then click on Print, save or preview this year's return.  On the next page, to pay by credit card, click Pay Now.  On the next screen just click on the Continue button.  The next screen will show a review of your Fees, click on Continue.  Complete the next screen to pay by credit card and click Continue.

See this TurboTax support FAQ for accessing prior year tax returns -

See this TurboTax support FAQ for when access expires -

Otherwise -

To access your prior year online tax returns sign onto the TurboTax website with the userID you used to create the account -

Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and on the section Your tax returns & documents click on Show.  Click on the Year and Click on Download/print return (PDF)

If you used the desktop CD/Download editions installed on your computer, the only copy of your tax data file and any PDF's will be on the computer where the return was created.  TurboTax does not store online any returns completed using the desktop editions.

You can also get free transcripts of your federal return from the IRS -

For a fee of $50 you can get a complete federal tax return from the IRS by completing Form 4506 -

New Member

How do I print old tax returns?

I have  the .tax files for earlier years.

How do i print or get a .pdf file for those years

Level 15

How do I print old tax returns?

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.

Level 3

How do I print old tax returns?

I have old TurboTax for Mac files and I’d like to print them as PDFs for reference.


For example, I have an old TurboTax file from 1998.  It doesn’t have an extension because they weren’t necessary back then on macOS Classic; the Type is TaxR and the Creator is TTX8.


Obviously, I can’t run TurboTax for macOS Classic on a Mac with modern version of macOS such as Monterey; I can’t even run TurboTax from 10 years ago since it’s a 32-bit application and such applications are no longer supported under macOS since Catalina .  


How do I open and print as PDF such old TurboTax files?

Level 15

How do I print old tax returns?

If you have old .tax files you can try converting them to pdf files at  Www.Taxprinter.Com 


It might be expensive.  They are not connected with Turbo Tax.  Use it at your own risk.  Their Website says…….

We read most federal and state files (Windows and Macintosh) from years 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Known exceptions are TurboTax 1997, 1999 and TaxCut 2005 files which we can't read for technical reasons. TurboTax 1998 and 2002 files may show only the tax summary and the Form 1040.

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