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recover and print old tax files, lost software


If you have your electronic 1040EZ / 1040 / 1040A federal form or state tax file available, but lack the software to display or reprint it, you can use to recover that information. We support almost all old versions of TurboTax, MacinTax, TaxCut and Tax Act for PCs and Macs (see known exceptions below).

Our service is limited to returns handled with consumer tax software listed above so in most cases we don't have the capability of opening up business returns. We can only read valid files, we do not recover corrupt or deleted files (if we can't handle your file you get all your money back). Need to recover a deleted tax file? Try Recover My Files. If your file is protected by a password, you must send us an email with that password (of course).

How much?

TaxPrinter charges from $44.95 to read your old federal file, convert it in Acrobat PDF format and send it back to you. The recovery of state tax returns (plus federal) costs $79.95.


We maintain a collection of ancient tax preparation software most people have forgotten and lost (from 1996 until today). It takes you two minutes to upload your file and complete your order through our simple online process.


Once we have read your file we turn it into a printable PDF document and email the result back to you (free PDF reader here). We handle most returns within two business days.

Keeping tax records is important not just for fiscal purposes. People often find they need older documents opened to confirm past income levels for home purchases, refinancing or credit checks. Divorce settlements and other events also often require access to prior tax filings. Since many people end up losing or throwing away their old tax preparer programs, we created TaxPrinter to let them open these tax forms.

Tax e-files usually end with extensions such as .tax, ta5, .t00, .t01, .t02, .t03, .t04, .t05, .t06, or .t07 (you get the gist). We read most federal and state files (Windows and Macintosh) from years 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Known exceptions are TurboTax 1997, 1999 and TaxCut 2005 files which we can't read for technical reasons. TurboTax 1998 and 2002 files may show only the tax summary and the Form 1040.

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