TurboTax Basic

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  • Personalized
    to you

    We ask questions to get to know you. Then, we'll search for every tax credit that applies to you.

  • Step-by-step guidance

    We'll walk you through your income taxes step by step and give you tax tips and coaching along the way, so you don't miss a thing.

  • Transfer last year's info

    Get a big head start by automatically importing your info from last year's
    TurboTax return.

  • Automatic
    W-2 import

    Save time and avoid mistakes—let us import your W-2
    from over a million
    participating companies.

  • Answers as
    you go

    Free U.S.-based product support and easy-to-understand answers
    online 24/7.

  • Deductions
    for children

    We'll find tax-saving credits like the Child Care Credit, Earned Income Credit (EIC), and child tax credit.

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  • Automatic W-2 import

    Save time and avoid mistakes—let us import your W-2 from over a million
    participating companies.

  • Step-by-step guidance

    We'll walk you through your income taxes step by step and give you tax tips and coaching along the way, so you don't miss
    a thing.

  • Deductions for children

    We'll find tax-saving credits like the Child Care Credit, Earned Income Credit (EIC), and child
    tax credit.

    Deductions for children
  • Transfer last year's info

    Get a big head start by automatically importing your info from last year's
    TurboTax return.

  • No tax knowledge needed

    We'll ask you easy questions about your year and fill in the right tax forms
    for you.

  • Personalized to your unique situation

    We ask questions to get to know you. Then, based on what you tell us, we'll search for every tax credit that applies to you.

  • Thousands of error checks

    You won't miss a thing, we'll double-check your tax return for accuracy before you file.

  • Finish your state
    return faster

    Once you complete your federal taxes, we can transfer your information over to your state return to help you finish quickly and easily.
    (Fees may apply*)

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  • Go at your own pace—
    no appointment necessary

    Finish your tax return in one visit or do a little at a time. We automatically save your progress as you go, so you can always pick up where you left off.

  • Up-to-date with the latest tax laws

    When tax laws change, TurboTax changes with them, so you can be sure your tax return includes the latest IRS and state
    tax forms.

  • Your information is secure

    We're dedicated to safeguarding your personal information. We test our site daily for security, use the most advanced technology available, and employ a dedicated
    Privacy Team.

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  • See your tax refund in real time

    We display and update your federal and state tax refunds (or taxes due) as you do your income taxes, so you always know where
    you stand.

  • Free federal e-file for your fastest possible tax refund*

    E-file your federal and state tax return with direct deposit to get your fastest tax refund possible. Free federal e-file is included.

  • No money out of pocket

    Skip the trip to your wallet. We can conveniently deduct any TurboTax preparation fees from your federal tax refund and have the remaining balance deposited directly into your bank account. Additional fees may apply.

  • Your tax refund, your way

    Choose to receive your tax refund by check or direct deposit to your
    bank account.

  • Answers as you go

    Free U.S.-based product support and easy-to-understand answers
    online 24/7.

    Answers as you go
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from 2018 Federal Tax Return e-file I filed late...my bad When it came time to e-file, TT advised I was too late and had to mail in return. Hit continue, and it asked me if I wished to e-file and took me all the way through and gathered my debit card info...your bad!
Date published: 2019-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refund Made Easy I've always used Turbotax online; it's simple and easy enough to understand considering I don't have many tax situations or special forms. I was annoyed this year with the payment required for each step. Pay for the software download, pay for the state download, pay to file them together and then again for deduction from refund rather than charge my card. Just annoying to get so far into it and realize I'm ~$160.00 in.
Date published: 2019-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Property tax dedcuction entered twice: once as a home office and once as a Sched A. Hard to find where the error was coming from and to correct. Penalties & interest were calculated but no worksheet showing how they were computed.
Date published: 2019-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from painful Some of the entry screens should be more intuitive for foreign income. Foreign dividends should be in the list, eventually through help we found out we needed to complete a 1099 even though we didn't receive a 1099. There are similar issues for other foreign amounts. Was unable to complete foreign tax credit without switching to Forms.
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used turbotax for many many years. I give my full confidence to the program. This program designed for people they are honest and just need help to finish their tax return.
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Major disappointment much harder than usual
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost at 100% I really like TurboTax, have used it for years and years but the past few years have been a bit stressful since the app does not jive with the CD/downloaded version. The app does not have all the bells and whistles that even the basic program does, so it's frustrating that you start on the app, and have to redo everything when you can't continue for one reason or another. Or if I use a different email address, it doesn't seem to be able to find or even look for, the previous returns. Maybe connect the previous and/or current returns vis social security number vs. email address? Will I continue to use TurboTax? Yep. Will I continue to tell everyone else to use it and how easy it really was? Yep. Just looking forward to having all the parts jive.
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Suddenly State taxes is $40 Ive used HR Block for past several years, wife accidentally purchased TT this year but I didn't think much of it because our taxes aren't that complicated. After I completed fed return I was prompted for $40 to download the state return. $70 for fed+state is double what I pay at HR Block, shame on me of not looking closely but I won't be using TT again
Date published: 2019-04-20
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from 2018 Federal Tax Return e-file I filed late...my bad When it came time to e-file, TT advised I was too late and had to mail in return. Hit continue, and it asked me if I wished to e-file and took me all the way through and gathered my debit card info...your bad!
Date published: 2019-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refund Made Easy I've always used Turbotax online; it's simple and easy enough to understand considering I don't have many tax situations or special forms. I was annoyed this year with the payment required for each step. Pay for the software download, pay for the state download, pay to file them together and then again for deduction from refund rather than charge my card. Just annoying to get so far into it and realize I'm ~$160.00 in.
Date published: 2019-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Property tax dedcuction entered twice: once as a home office and once as a Sched A. Hard to find where the error was coming from and to correct. Penalties & interest were calculated but no worksheet showing how they were computed.
Date published: 2019-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from painful Some of the entry screens should be more intuitive for foreign income. Foreign dividends should be in the list, eventually through help we found out we needed to complete a 1099 even though we didn't receive a 1099. There are similar issues for other foreign amounts. Was unable to complete foreign tax credit without switching to Forms.
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used turbotax for many many years. I give my full confidence to the program. This program designed for people they are honest and just need help to finish their tax return.
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Major disappointment much harder than usual
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost at 100% I really like TurboTax, have used it for years and years but the past few years have been a bit stressful since the app does not jive with the CD/downloaded version. The app does not have all the bells and whistles that even the basic program does, so it's frustrating that you start on the app, and have to redo everything when you can't continue for one reason or another. Or if I use a different email address, it doesn't seem to be able to find or even look for, the previous returns. Maybe connect the previous and/or current returns vis social security number vs. email address? Will I continue to use TurboTax? Yep. Will I continue to tell everyone else to use it and how easy it really was? Yep. Just looking forward to having all the parts jive.
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Suddenly State taxes is $40 Ive used HR Block for past several years, wife accidentally purchased TT this year but I didn't think much of it because our taxes aren't that complicated. After I completed fed return I was prompted for $40 to download the state return. $70 for fed+state is double what I pay at HR Block, shame on me of not looking closely but I won't be using TT again
Date published: 2019-04-20
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Commonly Filed Tax Forms and Schedules
1040U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
Schedule 1Additional Income and Adjustments to Income
Schedule 2Tax
Schedule 3Non-refundable Credits
Schedule AItemized Deductions
Schedule BInterest and Dividend Income
Schedule CCovers miscellaneous income and some related expenses (1099-MISC)
Schedule DCapital Gains and Losses
Schedule ESupplemental Income and Loss, including rental property
Schedule EICEarned Income Credit
Schedule SESelf-Employment Tax
Other Tax Forms and Schedules
Form 982Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness
Form 1040-ESEstimated Tax for Individuals
Form 1040-VPayment Vouchers
Form 1040XAmended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
Form 1095-AHealth Insurance Marketplace Statement
Form 1098Mortgage Interest Statement
Form 1098-CContributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats and Airplanes
Form 1098-EStudent Loan Interest Statement
Form 1098-TTuition Statement
Form 1099-AAcquisition or Abandonment of Secured Property
Form 1099-BProceeds from Broker Transactions
Form 1099-CCancellation of Debt
Form 1099-DIVDividends and Distributions
Form 1099-GCertain Government Payments
Form 1099-INTInterest Income
Form 1099-KPayment Card and Third Party Network Transactions
Form 1099-MISCMiscellaneous Income
Form 1099-OIDOriginal Issue Discount
Form 1099-QPayments From Qualified Education Programs
Form 1099-RDistributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement, etc.
Form 1099-SADistributions from an HSA, Archer MSA, or Medicare Advantage MSA
Form 1116/AMTAMT Foreign Tax Credit/Foreign Tax Credit
Form 1310Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer
Form 2106Employee Business Expenses
Form 2120Multiple Support Declaration
Form 2210-FUnderpayment of Estimated Tax by Farmers and Fishermen
Form 2210/2210AIUnderpayment of Tax/Annualized Income
Form 2439Notice to Shareholder of Undistributed Long-Term Capital Gains
Form 2441Child and Dependent Care Expenses
Form 2555Foreign Earned Income
Form 3115Application for Change in Accounting Method
Form 3468Investment Credit
Form 3800General Business Credit
Form 3903Moving Expenses
Form 4136Credit for Federal Tax Paid on Fuels
Form 4137Tax on Unreported Tip Income
Form 4255Recapture of Investment Credit
Form 4506Request for Copy of Tax Form
Form 4562Depreciation and Amortization
Form 4684Casualties and Theft
Form 4797Sales of Business Property
Form 4835Farm Rental Income and Expenses
Form 4852Substitute for Form W-2 or 1099-R
Form 4868Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File
Form 4952/AMTAMT Investment Interest Expense Deduction/Investment Interest Expense Deduction
Form 4972Tax on Lump-Sum Distributions
Form 5329Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (including IRAs)
Form 5405First-Time Homebuyer Credit and Repayment of the Credit
Form 5695Residential Energy Credits
Form 6198At-Risk Limitations
Form 6251Alternative Minimum Tax
Form 6252Installment Sale Income
Form 6781Gains/Losses from Section 1256 Contracts and Straddles
Form 8283Non-cash Charitable Contributions
Form 8332Release of Claim to Exemption for Child of Divorced or Separated Parents
Form 8379Injured Spouse Allocation
Form 8396Mortgage Interest Credit
Form 8453U.S. Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS E-File Return
Form 8582/AMT/CRPassive Activity Loss Limitations/AMT/Credit Limitations
Form 8586Low-Income Housing Credit
Form 8606Nondeductible IRAs
Form 8615Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income
Form 8801Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax
Form 8814Parents' Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends
Form 8815Exclusion of Interest from Series EE and I U.S. Savings Bonds
Form 8822Change of Address
Form 8824Like-Kind Exchange
Form 8829Expenses for Business Use of Your Home
Form 8834Qualified Electric Vehicle Credit
Form 8839Qualified Adoption Expenses
Form 8853Archer MSAs and Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts
Form 8857Request for Innocent Spouse Relief
Form 8859Carryforward of D.C. First-Time Homebuyer Credit
Form 8862Information to Claim Certain Refundable Credits After Disallowance
Form 8863Education Credits
Form 8880Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions
Form 8881Credit for Small Employer Pension Plan Startup Costs
Form 8885Health Coverage Tax Credit
Form 8888Direct Deposit of Refund
Form 8889Health Savings Account
Form 8903Domestic Production Activities Deduction
Form 8910Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit
Form 8911Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit
Form 8919Uncollected Social Security and Medicare Tax on Wages
Form 8936Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit
Form 8938Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets
Form 8941Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums
Form 8949Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets
Form 8958Allocation of Community Property Amounts
Form 8959Additional Medicare Tax
Form 8960Net Investment Income Tax
Form 8962Premium Tax Credit
Form 8995Qualified Business Income Deduction Simplified Computation
Form 8995-AQualified Business Income Deduction
Form 9465Installment Agreement Request
Form 14039Identity Theft Affidavit
Form SS-4Application for Employer Identification Number
Form W-2Wages and Tax Statement
Form W-2GCertain Gambling Winnings
Form W-4Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Schedule 8812Child Tax Credit
Schedule FProfit or Loss from Farming
Schedule HHousehold Employment Taxes
Schedule JIncome Averaging for Farmers and Fishermen
Schedule RCredit for Elderly or Disabled
Schedules K-1 (Form 1041)Estates and Trusts
Schedules K-1 (Form 1065)Partner's Share of Income, Credits, Deductions
Schedules K-1 (Form 1120S)Shareholder's Share of Income, Credits, etc

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Windows® CD/Download Products

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Processor
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Monitor
  • 1024x768 or higher recommended.
Operating Systems
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
RAM
  • 2 GB or more recommended.
Hard Disk Space
  • 1 GB for TurboTax (plus up to 4.5 GB for Microsoft .NET 4.5.2 if not
    already installed).
Third Party Software
  • Microsoft .NET 4.5.2 (included with TurboTax Installer)
Internet Connection
  • 1 Mbps modem (Broadband connection highly recommended). Required for product updates.
Printer
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Monitor
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Operating Systems
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RAM
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Hard Disk Space
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Printer
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NOTE: As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. This means computers will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. To avoid these risks, Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10. Learn More