If it was prepared in Free Edition last year, access will be locked. If that's your situation, we can tell you how to pay to unlock your 2017 return. The method to unlock it depends on what all you have done with your 2018 return.
If you have found the 2017 return, but access is locked, please answer all of the following:
We can tell you the steps to unlock a prior return once you answer all 3 questions above.
There's also a free option if a return transcript will suit your purpose. You may be able to immediately download one at the IRS website if you qualify to open an IRS account there. Otherwise, to order a transcript to come by postal mail takes 5-10 calendar days.
I have filed my 2018 tax return with the free online account. It’s in the same account as the 2017.
The following steps are how to open up your filed 2018 return, upgrade it to PLUS, and pay 19.99 to unlock a 2017 return that was prepared in Free Edition.
NOTE: When you open your 2018 return back up, do not make any changes in it since it's already been filed.
NOTE: Remember all PDF tax documents and tax data files are very sensitive files, since they contain your personal ID info, financial data, and possibly bank account numbers, etc. Be sure to store them safely and securely to guard against computer theft, hacking, etc.