Accessing and Downloading Prior Year Returns

To access prior-year returns:

  1. Sign in to the TaxAct account used to prepare the return.
  2. Click the My Taxes tile.
  3. Choose your return.

Returns are archived for seven (7) years from the filing date and will be deleted on May 1 of the seventh year. (Example: 2017 returns will be deleted on 5/1/2024, 2018 returns will be deleted on 5/1/2025, and so on.)

TaxAct doesn’t provide archived copies of returns filed through the TaxAct Desktop or TaxAct Professional Editions.

If you can’t access a saved return file, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.