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How do I get a copy of a tax return prepared with the TurboTax CD/Download software?

Tax returns prepared in the TurboTax CD/Download software are stored locally on your computer or storage device, even if you e-filed. Unlike TurboTax Online, we don't maintain returns prepared in the TurboTax CD/Download software on our secure servers.

To locate your return:

  1. Use your computer's Search or Find function, just as you would when searching for any other document.
  2. If you just need to view or print your return, we recommend doing it from the PDF copy, which will open in Adobe Reader.

You can also search for the tax data file (instructions below in Related Information), but you'll need to open it in the same-year version of TurboTax (for example, open your 2020 return in TurboTax 2020, not an earlier version). From there, you can print a copy of your return as well as update or amend it.

Finally, if you can't find your tax return, but you know you filed one, you can always request a copy from the IRS.

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