How do I access my prior year (2015) return?
If you’re on a mobile phone/device, or you’re using TurboTax CD/Download, see the appropriate instructions at the bottom of this page.
To quickly access your prior year return:
- Sign in to TurboTax.
- Look in the upper left section of your screen:
- If you see the My TurboTax option (don’t click this) - Just proceed to Step 3 below.
- If you see Tax Timeline, click this button and then go to Step 3.
- If you see the menu icon (3 lines), maximize your window first and then you'll see which of the two buttons you have. (See video).
- On the line, Looking for prior year returns? click Load My Tax Timeline.
- Click on the year of the tax return you want to access, and then select Download/print return (PDF) or Download .tax file.
- If you don’t see the option to click on a prior year – It’s possible you are in the wrong account. Get help locating your account.
- If you see the year you want but you can’t download or print that return - You’ll see a message that explains what action you need to take. Click Follow these instructions and follow the steps to gain access.
If you’re only looking to print or access a PDF version of a prior year return that you completed using TurboTax Software (CD/Download), and you saved a PDF version of that return when you originally completed the return, you can search for the PDF on your computer, thumb drive, etc.
To access a prior year return for a different reason (that is, access the full *.tax file - not a PDF, which is an image of your return), you’ll need the TurboTax software (CD/Download) from the year you completed the return. If you don’t have the original CD or download:
- If you originally purchased a CD, you can get a replacement CD (2016, 2015, 2014 or 2013 only).
- If you originally downloaded the TurboTax Software, you can re-download the software (2016, 2015, 2014 or 2013 only).
- Click the File menu in the upper left.
- Now select Print or Save to PDF, depending on what you want to do. There are other options in the File menu as well.