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Access to last year taxes

I cannot access the computer last year when I did my taxes with TurboTax. I have a new computer this year and cannot figure out how to retrieve last year taxes. 

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Level 15

Access to last year taxes

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.


Go to this IRS website for free federal tax return transcripts -


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

Level 15

Access to last year taxes

If you used desktop (CD/download) software then the tax files are only on the hard drive of the computer you used or on any back up device you used like a flash drive.  They are not stored online.  For a fee of $50 you can get an exact copy of a tax return from the IRS, or you can get a free transcript.


If you used online TurboTax, log in to the account using the user ID that you used to prepare the 2018 return:

Many people have multiple TT accounts and forget how to access them.  Log out of the account you are in now.


Account recovery

Or did you use the desktop version of TurboTax?  If so, the files are on your own hard drive or any backup device you used like a flash drive.


To get a copy of your previously filed returns prepared with online TurboTax

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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