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How to find your ".tax" file

For each NETFILE-certified software, we provide instructions on how to find your ".tax" file.



If you choose to save your file somewhere other than the default location, these instructions will not be useful to you. Please see our How to search for my .tax file feature.

The exact location of your 2013 ".tax" file will depend on the operating system you are using. Our instructions provide the location of your file if you are using either the Windows 7 and 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows 2000 operating system.

For Macintosh users, our instructions provide the location of your file if you are using the operating system Mac OS X.

Each Macintosh product has specific instructions. Select the tab above to view those instructions.

Note: In the examples below, "Joe Smith" is the name of the taxpayer.

In the Windows 7 and 8 Operating System:

Assuming that your default drive is your C: drive, then the default location of "Documents" would be:

C:\Users\JoeSmith\Libraries\Documents\JoeSmith.tax

In the Windows Vista Operating System:

Assuming that your default drive is your C: drive, then the default location of "Documents" would be:

C:\Users\JoeSmith\Documents\JoeSmith.tax

In Windows XP, Windows 2000 Operating System:

Assuming that your default drive is your C: drive, then the default location of "My Documents" would be:

C:\Documents and Settings\JoeSmith\My Documents\JoeSmith.tax

Joe Smith would be the currently logged-in individual. This mechanism allows each registered user account in Windows to have a different "My Documents" folder.

Note: In Windows 7 and 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP, when you are looking for your ".tax" file, make sure you are looking in the same user account that you prepared and saved the return.