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Need copy of federal tax return 2017

Need copy of federal tax return 2017

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Need copy of federal tax return 2017

To access your current or 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)


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 -


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 -
Support can also be reached by messaging them on these pages and

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Need copy of federal tax return 2017

I need a copy of my tax from2017


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Need copy of federal tax return 2017

@ benedicta15 wrote:

I need a copy of my tax from2017


Also see all the info DoninGA left above.


Was it prepared in Online TurboTax, and have you located the 2017 return in your online account as DoninGA described, but when you try to download it, does it ask you to upgrade and pay?


Online TurboTax is currently in the November limbo period, which occurs each year after it shuts down after filing season.  Online TurboTax for 2019 opens the first week of December, and at that time one can start and upgrade a 2019 return to PLUS, which will unlock all prior returns.


Or if you need it sooner, you can try this as a possible workaround:

You can try this now, but it may not be successful since Support is closed.  You may need to wait to try the steps during hours when Customer Support is open.   That interface may not be fully functional when they are closed.   But here is a  possible workaround to use when they are open. Hours are 5AM-5PM Pacific (8AM-8PM Eastern) Mon-Fri.  They are closed on weekends this time of year.


NOTE:  Support is also closed for Veterans Day on Monday, November 11.


Log in, and at the main Tax Home page immediately go to the top right corner and click HELP.   Scroll way down beyond the suggested links and click on CONTACT US.

You may have to enter a question.

Choose to phone TurboTax Support, or it may say schedule a callback.

In any case, it may then ask you to pay for PLUS (19.99) to have phone support.

Once paid, then past returns should be unlocked.


It's not clear if during this November limbo period that method pays for 2018 PLUS or 2019 PLUS, but in any case, the net effect is unlocking prior returns, plus it gives you phone support privilege.   If it pays for 2019 PLUS, then you have an extra year of access.   You should be saving a copy of your return and/or PDF each year anyway (in a protected and secured safe place) so you don't have to worry about access problems.


Or you can try to contact TurboTax Support on Tuesday:


 If you can't use those methods, another option is to download a free 2017 tax return transcript from the IRS if you qualify to open an IRS account.  A transcript by postal mail takes 5-10 days.


Also, if you need a prior return urgently and can't unlock it by that workaround above during business hours, and can't reach TurboTax Support by phone, you can contact TurboTax Support via messaging at Twitter or Facebook, tell them your situation and that you are a victim of the limbo period, and see if they will unlock the returns for you.    Social media support is also only during the business hours I mentioned above.