Accessing and Downloading Prior Year Returns

To access and/or download prior year returns:

  1. Sign in to the TaxAct account used to prepare the return.
  2. Click the My Taxes tile.
  3. Click the year you wish to download to expand the menu and see your return(s).
  4. Choose your return (to save your return on your computer, click Download).

Returns are archived for seven (7) years from the filing date and will be deleted on May 1 of the seventh year. (Example: 2018 returns will be deleted on 5/1/2025, 2019 returns will be deleted on 5/1/2026, 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.