How do I get a copy of my 2011 tax return?

  • i accidently deleated my W2  info on my 2011 tax return, can i get this info back?
It depends if you used the Online version or the desktop version.  If you used the Online version & you are signed into the Online version with the same UserID you used for your prior year return(s) You can click Print Center at the top of the screen, OR
  1. Sign in to TurboTax Online 2012 using your prior-year login info.
  • Do this even if you're not using TurboTax Online for your 2012 return.
  • Lost your login? Click here for help.
  • If prompted, accept the license agreement and click Continue.
  • If prompted, select the version you want to use for your 2012 return.
    • If you don't plan on using TurboTax Online 2012, or you're not yet sure, we suggest Deluxe.
    • Do not select Free Edition, as you will not be able to access your prior-year return.
  • On the Welcome Back screen, click the View your returns from prior years link, located towards the bottom right of your screen.
  • In the new window that opens, click the link for the past-year return you want to open. This will open a PDF file


    You need the exact UserID you used to prepare your prior years return, you can get a list of your UserID's by your email address


    If you used the Free Edition for your 2011 return, the Free Edition does not include the 24/7 access feature. If you need a copy of your prior-year return prepared through TurboTax Online Free Edition, you have these options:

    1. Request a free transcript of your federal return from the IRS. A transcript is used to verify income and some financial institutions accept it as a substitute for your original tax return. Click here for instructions or see IRS Tax Tip 2011-13 for more details.
    2. Order an exact copy of your tax return, including all attachments, from the IRS for $57.00. See IRS Tax Topic 156 for complete instructions.
    3. (2011 only) Download your tax file and the software to open it in. Click here for instructions.



    If you used the Desktop version for your prior year return then your tax file would be on the computer you used to prepare your return.  TurboTax does not have copies of returns prepared with the desktop version.  You can get a free transcript of your return from the IRS; see the following to order a transcript online,,id=232168,00.html

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