How To Open a .tax File

“It is more deductible to give than to receive.” This is what Henry Leabo has to say about his country’s taxes. If you are a citizen of your very own the United States, you would be familiar with TurboTax, a tax filing system created by Intuit Inc, curated exclusively with the purpose of filling US-based tax returns. It has a nationalist barrier since you cannot operate outside the borders. You can use a .tax file by this software, TurboTax, and can utilize it to file federal and state income tax returns. When you ‘file’ this file, it is subjected to a process where it is scrutinized, validated, and subsequently prepared for submission either online or via post.


Tax File

 These specially extended files are distinct from regular data files or media. You cannot view them publicly, and can only launch by certain applications. This tax-centric software which is paramount to the US follows a step-by-step methodology which means that even people unfamiliar with tax returning mechanisms can complete their personal or small enterprising tax returns smoothly and comfortably with the aid and assistance of this software.

tax file
tax file

It is an uncomplicated, hands-on mechanism with a supportive and cordial ‘behind the scene’ crew to help you out in case you stumble while you walk through. The extension is often culminating with a year, for instance, “.tax2010” or an abbreviated “.tax10” denoting the tax returns for the year 2010. 

Both Windows and Mac versions support TurboTax software, but you must substantiate that you install an appropriate program hitherto. Windows often associates a default program to a file extension, ideally ‘.docx’ for an MS Word file, ‘.pdf’ for any PDF file, so on and so forth. So that whenever you double-click a file, the program launches automatically. However, the system might flash an error message in the absence of such programs.

tax return (how to open a tax file)
tax return (how to open a tax file)

Therefore, ensure that you download and install the ‘TurboTax’ operator to keep such error messages at an arm’s length. Once you do the primary task, you may allow your system to run the software as the administrator; after all, ‘everybody demands individual authority.’ 

Check Whether Your .tax Files are Associated

A last, you require a minuscule effort to check if your .tax files are associated with the applications you are set to operate on. That is it, and voila, you are set to sail plainly and as effortlessly as butter in this voyage of managing your ‘taxed’ file. 

Follow the following steps to know how to open a .tax file.

  1. Run the TurboTax software, and move your cursor right up to the left corner of the software’s window.
  2. Click ‘Open Tax Return’ from the drop-down menu list or simply press the ‘Ctrl+O’ buttons on your keypad.
    open tax return
    open tax return
  3. It will direct you to a window to navigate your .tax file. Remember the year ends that we added to the file? Here they are, coming in handy for your search through a plethora of files!
    open your file (how to open a tax file)
    open your file (how to open a tax file)
  4. An alternate step would be first to browse your requisite files, right-click on them, and then ‘Open with’ your suitable program. 


Be watchful while you intend to change the primordial extension, You cannot do it as simply as it sounds. You are of the opinion that changing the extension of a file would change its type, then sadly, you are at fault, as this change is not possible. For instance, you cannot convert a word document into a spreadsheet by just changing the two extensions. You can only do such a task by special conversion software, for instance, Handbrake. Now you know how to open a .tax file.

See Also: Solution to Problems of New Income Tax Portal

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