toho44 The TurboTaxReturn.tax is your Return data file that you need to be to open in turbotax 2012
program or to transfer to Turbotax 2013.
Right click on the "Turbo TaxReturn.tax" file and select rename.
Now you want to add 2012 to the extension to make a usable *.tax2012 file that cam be opened on a Turbotax 2012 program or transferred into the 2013 Turbotax program.
Now that the TurboTaxReturn.tax file has been renamed TurboTaxReturn.tax2012 you can transfer into the 2013 Turbotax program.
Hope this helps.
Your desktop TurboTax 2013 would be looking for your 2012 .tax file under "my documents\turbotax". Please make sure your downloaded .tax12 file is in that directory or tell turbotax to search for it in the directory where you have placed it -- that should make it work. Note that it has to be .tax12 file not the .pdf version of your return
To transfer an Online return to Desktop program see this
And scroll down to the last section Transfer your Online Return
If you can't get or didn't save the .tax file to your computer before online was shut down in Oct or lost it, there is a way to do it by starting your return in the Online version, transfer into that and then you can switch and continue in the desktop version and you won't have to pay for online. See this (it says 2012 but it will be the same for 2013)…
Then you should be able to save the .tax file to you computer without paying for it in the online version. Then just OPEN it in your desktop program to continue. Don't transfer or import it!
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