TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ

How do I access my prior year (2015) return?

If you're looking for information on last year's AGI, go here.

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:

  1. Sign in to TurboTax. 
  2. 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).  
  3. On the line, Looking for prior year returns? click Load My Tax Timeline.
  4. 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 on a mobile phone/device, or you’re using TurboTax CD/Download, see these instructions:

TurboTax Software (CD/Download)

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:

 Once you have installed the software on your computer:
  1. Click the File menu in the upper left.
  2. Now select Print or Save to PDF, depending on what you want to do. There are other options in the File menu as well.