You can get a free transcript from the IRS:
How do I get a copy of a return I filed using online TurboTax?
How do I get a copy of a return I prepared using desktop TurboTax?
Note: Every year, before mid-October, print a copy of your current year tax return and save it as a tax file and pdf, too. That way you will have it when you need it for school, a loan, next year’s tax return, etc. without going through a lot of aggravation (and expense) to get it.
I lost my previously downloaded returns due to a failing drive. I need to access my returns from prior years (2017 and earlier). My 2018 return was done with the Free Edition. This link says that I can upgrade to Plus AFTER FILING to still gain access to the previous returns however the instructions don't appear to be accurate. There is no Add a State link so I can't pay for Plus. What do I need to do to pay for Plus to access the prior returns?
So I guess there must be a cutoff date that you must be inside of to reopen the 2018 return and to be able to upgrade to Plus after filing. I have received no responses and see no other way to upgrade to Plus at this point other than waiting until the beginning of the year and paying for Plus when I file my 2019 return. Surely I should be able to get my prior returns at that point.
One user posted what he did to pay for Plus now to unlock prior years. So try this.......
"After signing in, I clicked "Help" in the top right corner.
On the right side of the screen, a window opened up with a search bar, FAQ's, and at the bottom "Contact us"
I clicked "Contact us" and it said that I needed to purchase Plus to be able to talk.
I believe "purchase" or "Plus" was a hyperlink which I clicked and was taken to a page to confirm my payment info. After I did that, I had access to my previous year tax returns. "
That might only work during business hours M-F 5-5pm Pacific time (8-8 Eastern). And we don't know if that will give you Plus for just 2018 or also 2019.
I need a copy of my 2017 tax return. I am purchasing a new home and it is required. Thank you
To access your current or prior year online tax returns sign onto the TurboTax website with the userID you used to create the account - https://myturbotax.intuit.com/
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)
You can also get free transcripts of your federal return from the IRS - http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript
For a fee of $50 you can get a complete federal tax return from the IRS by completing Form 4506 - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506.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 will not be able to upgrade to the Plus edition for tax year 2018 since the TurboTax online editions for 2018 have closed to make way for the 2019 online editions. Once the 2019 online editions become available in December, at that time you can start a 2019 return and upgrade to Plus.
Or contact TurboTax support during business hours and see if there are any other options available for accessing a prior year online tax return.
Support is open from 5am to 5pm Pacific time, Monday thru Friday
Use this website to contact TurboTax support during business hours - https://support.turbotax.intuit.com/contact/
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