After many difficulties with desktop Turbo tax not being able to resume my 2019 return (couldn't find data, then needed reentry of activation code), I was able to restart by clicking on "File" and my folder which only showed a couple files with ~ in front of the name. I selected the one with the latest modification date and was able to complete my return and e-file. When exiting Turbo tax, I saved without indicating the destination, and so it saved to the same ~ file.
My first question, can I rename this file, removing the ~ and still have my 2020 Turbo Tax able to transfer the data, or is there something special internally in the file that would prevent that? Second question, I noticed now that I have a ~~ (double squiggle) name file in my folder....is that a backup file to the ~ file? Are both the ~ file and ~~ file identical?
yes you can and you can name the file whatever you want but .tax2019 must be at the end.
and as you know you can't have 2 files with the same name in the same folder. there should be a file in the same folder with the same name without the ~
Thanks for your answer. I'll make sure I don't inadvertently change the file type appendage. I think the ~~ file is a recovery file for the ~ file, though they are slightly different in size.