Do I have to keep all prior versions (years) of TurboTax installed on my PC or can I just keep the latest version?
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Do I have to keep all prior versions (years) of TurboTax installed on my PC or can I just keep the latest version?

Will all 'latest' versions (years) of TurboTax be always able to open all prior year TurboTax files, or do I have to keep all prior program versions installed, forever, on my PC?
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Do I have to keep all prior versions (years) of TurboTax installed on my PC or can I just keep the latest version?

Yes, you can uninstall your previous years TurboTax software. If you have purchase your software directly from TurboTax, then you would still be able to download your software for up to three years past the year of the software, by signing into MyTurboTax.com.

Save all *.tax20YY files and it would be a good idea to make pdf copies of your past returns just in case you need them to amend or IRS inquiry or audit. Many people at least 3 years saved for that purpose.  

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Do I have to keep all prior versions (years) of TurboTax installed on my PC or can I just keep the latest version?

From this answer, i am guessing that not only should users archive copies of all their old TurboTax returns (ie, PDFs) but also the working TurboTax documents that generated those tax returns, AND they should keep all their past years' installation CDs so that if they ever need to open a prior year's TurboTax document for the purpose of changing anything, they should reinstall that year's version of TurboTax and only open it with that version.  Or maybe keep all years' versions installed, so that the tax tables for each individual year are retained intact.  Nothing on the CD packaging explains any of this.
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Do I have to keep all prior versions (years) of TurboTax installed on my PC or can I just keep the latest version?

yes.  but realize that if you were to upgrade your computer's operating system or even upgrade to a new computer, some of the older years of TT might not work or install.   however, most of the time you need only retain the last 3 years of tax records.  here's what the IRS says
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