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What's the difference between the tax data file and the PDF?

by Intuit Updated 1 month ago

TurboTax can save your tax return as a tax data file (also called a tax file, data file, or a .tax file) and as a Portable Document Format (PDF).

  • Your tax data file can be opened, read, and edited in TurboTax.
  • Your PDF is a noneditable "snapshot" of your tax return that can be opened, read, and printed in a PDF viewer program.
Tax data filePDF
Can be amendedYesNo
Can be transferredYesLimited
Can be editedYesNo
Can be used for troubleshootingYesLimited
Can be opened withTurboTax CD or downloadable softwareAdobe Reader or other PDF viewer
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