Answers to TurboTax Printing Questions
There are more TuboTax printing questions than one article can cover, so we’re showing you where the detailed answers are. Find your question and click on the blue link.
You do not need to mail anything after you’ve e-filed unless TurboTax tells you. Having said that, after your e-filed return is accepted we strongly recommend that you print a copy of your return and save a PDF file for your records.
Printing your tax return
Print a Review Copy
It may be easier to do a final review of your tax return by printing and looking at the final forms. Here is how – Printing a Review Copy of Your Return in TurboTax.
Print a Single Form
Sometimes you need copies of certain forms for reference or something important. Here is how to print the single form – Print a single tax form in the TurboTax CD/Download software.
If you owe taxes, it is recommended that you include Form 1040-V payment vouchers. For additional copies, see How do I print a Form 1040-V Payment Voucher?
Print to file your returns by mail
If you don’t choose to e-file, you can print copies of your federal and any state returns. We even provide mailing instructions for your federal return and any states you are filing. See Filing a Paper Return by Mail.
Print a file or records copy
Many people find it useful to have a paper copy of their tax returns filed with their original receipts and other tax documents. Print a copy for your records, see Print a Copy of Your Tax Return for Your Records.
If you need to add, update or change financial information on your FAFSA form (or on other applications), you'll want a copy of your or your parent's most current tax return. See Get a Copy of Your Tax Return for your FAFSA Form.
Printing past year tax returns
Did you forget to file your 2010 (or earlier) tax return? Returns can be filed for up to three years after the deadline for that tax year. You must print and mail all past year tax returns. See Still need to file your 2011 tax return?
You have a PDF file
With a PDF (portable document file) copy of your tax return (see Save as PDF File in the next section), print from the PDF file.
You have the TurboTax file and program
If you have a TurboTax file for the past year's return, you’ll need a copy of the TurboTax program for the tax year you need to print. To find past years' TurboTax files on your computer, see Access 2011 or Earlier Tax Returns.
Once you are in the past year's TurboTax program, print a copy of the tax file for your records. You should be able to follow the same printing steps we have for the current year program.
You have the TurboTax file but no program
If you no longer have the tax program, you can purchase and download copies of the last four years of TurboTax. See Purchasing Older Versions of TurboTax.
TurboTax supports the current and three previous tax years. Around November of each year, a new TurboTax program is released for the current tax year. The oldest version of TurboTax is then no longer supported or available. See Supported Tax Year Versions of TurboTax.
Tip: If you need a product older than the past 4 years, you can often locate the software on websites such as Amazon or E-Bay. However, these are third party retailers, and TurboTax has no control over these online stores, what they sell, or their support for what they sell.
Printing for your records
Save as PDF file for an electronic copy
Programs come and go, and as every tax year requires a new, different tax program, TurboTax supports only the previous four years of tax programs. But, PDF (portable document file) files have become a type of universal data file. You should always be able to read pdf files with various reader programs, such as Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader.
When you save your return as a PDF file, it can always be viewed and printed, and some readers can capture data from the files, should you need to. To save your return as a PDF file, see Save Your Tax Return as a PDF File.
For consistency, you can convert your 2004-2010 TurboTax data files to PDF files. See Convert your 2004-2010 TurboTax data file to PDF.
Backup your tax files
For those bad days when your computer eats your homework (and tax files), always have a backup. Learn how to back up your TurboTax files, see Save a Backup copy of Your Tax File.
Resolve common printing problems
There are many printers and ways to connect to them, but we can help you with:
- Resolving Common Printing Issues
- Some IRS Forms & Schedules Do Not Print with the Tax Return
- State Forms Look Different
- Supporting Details are not Printing with the Return
- Forms Print With a Watermark
- Change Your Default Printer
- Printer Stops Responding when Printing a Return
- Update a Printer Driver
Printing from mobile and other devices
Doing taxes on your mobile device is becoming easier and more popular. If you have a mobile device, here are a couple of printing tips.