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Can I transfer last year's PDF into the 2021 TurboTax for Windows CD/Download software?

SOLVEDby TurboTaxTurboTax Windows386Updated January 12, 2022

You can, if your 2020 PDF is a 1040 return generated through TurboTax, H&R Block, or TaxACT software (Form 1040-SR is not supported for PDF transfer).

Be aware that in some cases TurboTax won't be able to read the PDF, for example if it's password-protected or is a scanned copy of a PDF instead of an actual PDF file.


  1. Sign into your TurboTax account to access returns for 2021
  2. Choose New Tax Return from the File menu
  3. Select Start a New Return
  4. When you get to the transfer screen, select Browse
  5. Navigate to your PDF file, select Open, and follow any onscreen instructions

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