How do I finish a prior-year return that I started in TurboTax Online?
If you started a 2014, 2015, or 2016 return in TurboTax Online but couldn't file it before the shutdown, start by purchasing the TurboTax CD/Download software and installing it on your computer. Window instructions | Mac instructions
Then, follow these steps to finish your online return in the TurboTax software program:
- Download the .tax file for your prior-year return (not the PDF) and save it on your computer. We recommend saving to your desktop for ease of retrieval.
- Open your TurboTax software program, select Find a Tax File, and then browse to the tax data file you downloaded in Step 1. Select the file and click Open.
- You can now finish your return. You'll need to paper-file, as e-filing for prior years is no longer available.
Note: TurboTax software for tax year 2013 and earlier is no longer available for purchase.