How can I retain access to my 2016 Free Edition return without having to upgrade next year?
This puts you in control of your tax return data, but remember that with great power comes great responsibility. We suggest making duplicate copies of everything (PDF, data file, printouts) and store them separately in case the originals gets lost or corrupted. Last but not least, take steps to protect the soft copies of your tax return.
You can print a copy of your 2016 Free Edition return any time through October 30, 2017. But if you need to update or e-file your return, you'll need to do so by October 16, 2017.