I did my 2015 & 2016 taxes through the online TT program, instead of downloading the software to my PC. I now want to go back & download the software from previous years but don't want to have to pay for it, since I already paid a lot to them to file taxes in those years.
I have the same need and question:
I have been purchasing TurboTx from Costco for the last almost 10+ years. For majority I have the CD but my new computer doesn't have CD ROM drive. Also I lost one of the CD for 2018. Where can I get the previous years version so that I can open my existing files in the respective versions.
That is a request you need to make with customer support to see if they will give you the downloads for the CD's you lost. Software is only available for 2016 to 2019, though. They no longer support or update earlier years.
To call TurboTax customer support
They are available from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific time
Did you buy the 2019 CD or need to buy 2019? You can buy the download here, https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/cd-download/
or if you have the CD you can download it instead.
How to download Turbo Tax instead of using the CD
Why do you need to install the prior years? Didn't you save the pdf files? Your tax files end in .tax or .tax2015, .tax2016, .tax2017 or .tax2018 etc. They should be in your Documents in a Turbo Tax folder. You should also have the pdf files of each year. Or search your computer for all files ending in .tax. Also if you haven't done it, I would open each year in the program and save it as a PDF file, go to File-Save to PDF so you don't need the program installed to view or print your return in the future like to get a mortgage or loan, etc.
What I would do is just copy the whole Turbo Tax folder that is under your Documents. That should be where the .tax files and pdf files are stored. Copy that folder to a flash drive or best yet is to burn it to a CD or DVD and then you will have a backup of them. Then on the new computer copy the folder (or files) from the flash drive to your Documents folder.