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Can I transfer last year's PDF into the 2020 TurboTax for Windows CD/Download software?

You can, if your 2019 PDF is a 1040 return generated through TurboTax, H&R Block, or TaxACT software.

Be aware that in some cases TurboTax won't be able to read the PDF, for example if it's password-protected or is a scanned copy of a PDF instead of an actual PDF file.


  1. Sign into your TurboTax account to access returns for 2020.
  2. Choose New Tax Return from the File menu.
  3. Select Start a New Return.
  4. When you get to the transfer screen, select Browse.
  5. Navigate to your PDF file, select Open, and follow any onscreen instructions.

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