You cannot simply copy the whole program from one computer to another because there are file associations and registry settings that are created during an install. You are always free to re-download any previously purchased software, which eliminates the need to transfer program and installation related files.
You should use Windows Explorer to copy your return files to the correct location indicated below. On your keyboard you may press the Windows logo + E to launch a Windows Explorer window. You must copy the files to the same directory on the destination computer once you have installed the software there. We recommend using the default installation locations for this reason.
For additional information on copying files, you should consult the help files provided by your operating system within Windows Explorer or your CD Creation Software.
Should you have difficulty opening a file once it is on the new computer, you should use Windows Explorer again to make sure that the "Read Only" attribute is not checked on your return file. File Attributes can be viewed by highlighting the file, right click on the file to bring up the pop up menu, and then choose "Properties."
TaxACT tax return files have a file extension of .taX where X is the last digit of the tax year. Returns for 2014 have a file extension of .ta4, 2015 returns have a file extension of .ta5, and so on.
The location of these return files depends on the program type you are using (consumer or professional) and the tax year. Please refer to the information below:
TaxACT Desktop Consumer Users (Free Federal, Basic, Plus, Premium)
TaxACT Professional Preparers:
For the Preparer software we suggest copying the entire contents of the Client Data folder, as it contains files for preparer information besides return files. You can do this by copying the entire folder or all the contents in the folder. Make sure you are following the same directory structure on the new computer. If you copy the Client Data folder, paste it to C:\TaxACT\TaxACT 20XX Preparer's Edition. If you copy the contents of the Client Data folder, paste to C:\TaxACT\TaxACT 20XX Preparer's Edition\Client Data. If you are transferring files for multiple years, make sure you are keeping the return files for each year separate and moving to the respective folder.