When you save your information in the CD/download edition of TurboTax for tax year 2020, the information is stored in a file with the extension tt20. For example, if Darcy Doe uses TurboTax to complete their 2020 tax return, the information is saved in the Darcy.tt20 file.
Similarly, if Darcy enters only some of their tax information and intends to complete the tax return later, when they saves their information before closing TurboTax, the information is stored in the Darcy.tt20 file.
In other words, after you enter your information in TurboTax and save it, TurboTax creates a file on your computer with the extension ttYY, where YY represents the last two digits of the tax year. We refer to this file as the tax data file.
(For printing and future reference, consider saving a PDF copy of your tax return).
Name of your tax data file
Individual tax returns: By default, TurboTax names your tax data file using your first name, based on the information that you entered in your tax return. For example, for tax year 2020, if Darcy Doe saves their tax return using the default name chosen by TurboTax, the tax data file is named Darcy.tt20.
Coupled tax returns: For married or common-law couples who are filing a joint or coupled return, the default file name is made up of each individual's first name connected by '&'. So, if Darcy Doe is married or in a common-law partnership with Taylor Smith and they are filing a coupled or joint return, if they save their tax return using the default name chosen by TurboTax, the tax data file is named Darcy&Taylor.tt20.
Location of your tax data file
By default, TurboTax saves your tax data files in the Documents folder on your computer. The specific folder location is
<user name> is your Windows and
<YYYY> represents the tax year.
For example, Darcy Doe's Windows user name is ddoe and he's looking for his 2019 tax return. If he saved his tax return to the default location, it will be located at C:UsersddoeDocumentsTurboTax2019.
Tax data files from tax year 2009 or prior
Before tax year 2010, TurboTax was called QuickTax. Tax returns created in QuickTax for tax year 2009 or prior years were saved in tax data files with the extension qYY, where YY represents the last two digits of the tax year.
For example, for tax year 2008, the tax data file extension is q08.