TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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How do I save my 2016 TurboTax Online return as a tax data file?

This article describes how to download your 2016 TurboTax Online return as a tax data file (filename extension .tax2016).

Saving your tax file is optional. However, we recommend that you take a few seconds to do this, as your tax data file may come in handy after TurboTax Online shuts down.


  1. Sign in to your online return, if you're not already signed in.
  2. Select Tools from the My Account menu in the upper right corner.
  3. In the pop-up Tools Center window, select Save your 2016 return to your computer.
  4. Select Save As and browse to where you want to save the file, such as your Desktop.
  5. Change the default filename (taxReturn) to something recognizable, for example J Doe 2016 Tax Return before you click Save.

Your online return has now been saved in a format can be opened in the TurboTax software.

If you make any changes to your Online return after saving your tax data file, repeat these steps to ensure that your tax file stays synched-up with your online tax return.