Why do I have to pay to access my prior-year return?
TurboTax is designed to make the filing process smooth and hassle-free. Each year as part of your filing experience, we encourage you to download and save a PDF of your completed tax return.
After you file, we also make it easy to access your current-year return in TurboTax through October 31. This gives you time to download and store a PDF of your return.
You can easily save a copy of your completed return by either of the above methods for free.
When next year’s version of TurboTax Online is released, you can regain access to your prior-year returns by purchasing PLUS (if you're using Free Edition), or by paying for TurboTax Online Deluxe, Premier, Self-Employed, or any version of TurboTax Live. This way you can view, print, or download any of your prior-year returns.
As an alternative, you can get a copy of your prior-year tax return directly from the IRS for a fee of $50.