TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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Error 548 - "Unable to create tax return" when opening a .tax file

Error 548 - Unable to create tax return occurs when opening a .tax file. It can be caused by one or more of the following:

  • The .tax file has become corrupted or damaged for various reason.
  • The TurboTax installation is damaged
  • System issues


To resolve this error, follow all the steps in the Troubleshoot Installing and Running TurboTax (Windows) article, then attempt to open your .tax file.

If the error is still displayed, install TurboTax onto a different computer, move your tax return file to the other computer, and open it there. If the file opens without incident, reinstall TurboTax on the original computer.

If the file still displays this error, it has become corrupted and you'll need to start over with a new return.