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Find your tax data file (.tax file) in Windows

Your tax data file (.tax file) is not the same thing as a PDF copy of your return. 

A .tax file can only be opened in the TurboTax CD/Download software to read and edit your return. And because it’s stored locally on your computer, we can't retrieve tax data files prepared in the TurboTax CD/Download software. E-filing doesn't keep a copy of your return on our servers.

How to find your tax data file

  1. Select the Start Menu and select search or use Cortana search if you're using Windows 10.
  2. Search for *.tax2018 (or whichever year you are searching for, *.tax2017,*.tax2016, etc.).
    • Don't double-click the tax file in the search results to open it. This can cause errors.
  3. In the search results, copy the file's location or path. By default, TurboTax saves tax files in the My Documents TurboTax folder.
  4. open your tax return using thesame version of TurboTax for that year (for example, open your 2018 return in the TurboTax 2018 program, 2017 return in TurboTax 2017, etc.).

If you can't find your file, it may have been saved under a different Windows account or to an external storage device. Repeat these instructions in your other account(s) or after plugging in your external storage device.

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