Why use TurboTax Live
TurboTax Live Self-Employed is designed
for the unique needs of freelancers,
small business owners. A
real tax expert can help you report work-
related expenses and find tax
specific to your line of work.
Expert help on demand, so you
can file with 100% confidence
All tax advice, answers, and
reviews are guaranteed.
1. IT'S EASY TO GET YOUR TAXES
We’ll ask you simple questions about your life and fill
out the tax forms for
you. And, if you ever need tax
advice, simply select the “Live help”
button to connect
with an expert.
2. YOU’RE NEVER ALONE WITH
Our tax experts are there
when you need them. Get unlimited tax advice and answers as you do your taxes.
3. A FINAL REVIEW BEFORE
A tax expert can review your return before you file,
so you can be confident that your unique tax situation is
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TurboTax Self-Employed features
Find industry-specific deductions
Get expert help maximizing unique deductions across diverse industries:
real estate, rideshare, web design,
creative & performing arts, construction,
and many more.
We’re designed for independent contractors, freelancers, and business owners. Note: Self-employed income is now reported on
the NEW 1099-NEC form,
1099-NEC snap & auto-fill
Easily and conveniently upload your 1099-NEC with just a snap from
Get a personalized audit assessment
We’ll call out potential red flags and uncover deductions you may have missed, for total peace of mind.
Let us determine if actual expenses or the standard mileage rate will get you the biggest
Easy import from QuickBooks
We'll automatically import your QuickBooks Self-Employed income and expense accounts and classify them for you.
Extra guidance for new businesses
Have an expert show you the start-up tax deductions for new businesses so you can keep more of your hard-earned money.
Simplify asset depreciation
Get your biggest tax deduction with the
best depreciation method and our guidance through calculations.
We’ll search over 450 tax deductions to
ensure you don’t miss a thing. Business travel, entertainment, supplies, and operating costs are
We can automatically import investment info from thousands of participating financial institutions.
Accurate investment tax reporting
Report sales of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, plus calculate capital gains/losses with guidance from an expert.
Find your cost basis
In three easy steps, you’ll discover your accurate purchase price for
Set up new rentals
Get step-by-step guidance setting up new
rental properties and determining the fair market rent value.
Great for rental depreciation
Simplify reporting your rental property depreciation and get the biggest
Guidance and support for
employee stock plans
Sold employee stock? We’ll automatically determine your correct basis for shares purchased, even at different times or
We search more than 350 tax deductions
and credits to get you the biggest tax refund, guaranteed.
Ideal for student loans and
A tax expert can help you deduct
any interest you paid on student loans, as well as take advantage
of other education tax credits
Big life changes? We can help.
When you buy a home, get a new job, or have other serious life changes, an expert is always available to help explain what it means for
Get a head start
If you’re a returning customer we’ll automatically transfer last year’s information to save you time.
Your tax refund, your way
Choose to receive your tax refund by check, direct deposit, or Turbo Prepaid Visa Card.
A tax expert is just a click
away. Select Live help
to share your screen with an expert,
who can guide you and review your return when you’re ready to file.
Our TurboTax product specialists will provide customized answers to your questions and guide you by drawing on
Expert final review
Be 100% confident by having a tax expert review your return before you file to make sure everything’s done right.
NEW! Full Service
Have a tax expert
or CPA do your taxes for you by upgrading to Full Service at
No tax knowledge needed
We’ll ask you easy questions about your life and handle the math for you. You’ll get step-by-step guidance along the way.
Finish your tax return in one visit or do a little at
We automatically save your progress as you go, so you can pick up where you left off from any device.
No credit card? No problem.
You can choose to pay for your tax preparation costs right out of your federal tax refund (fees may apply).
See your tax refund in real time
We update your federal and state tax refund amount (or taxes due) as you work, so you always know where you stand.
Automatically add your tax forms
We can access tax form information from over a million participating employers and financial institutions. If yours isn’t on the list, just snap a photo, tap, and you’re done.
Get the fastest possible tax refund
E-file your federal and state tax return with direct deposit to get your tax refund as fast
It's easy to switch
You can easily save time by importing a PDF
of last year’s tax return from other major tax
Finish your state return faster
Once you complete your federal taxes, we can transfer your information to your state return to help you finish quickly and easily. (Fees apply)
Frequently asked questions
What do I need to get started?
You don't need anything but your email address to get started with TurboTax. Just answer a few simple questions and you're on your way.
You don't even need to have your W–2s or 1099s—we can import that information directly from more than a million participating employers and
For more complex tax situations you may need additional documents, like mortgage statements or other detailed financial information. But since we save your return as you go, you can finish anytime.
My tax situation is complex. Can I still use TurboTax?
With TurboTax Live, you get access to tax experts with an average of 12 years experience preparing tax returns. It’s like bringing the tax store to your
Not only that—TurboTax always double-checks your return for errors as you go, and before you file your taxes. We also guarantee our calculations are 100% accurate, or we'll pay you any IRS penalties plus interest.
If you have questions about how to use TurboTax, just ask us. We have knowledgeable agents available by phone* or live chat to answer any questions you may have. (Fees may apply.)
How do I know my TurboTax Live experts are qualified?
Our team of tax experts has an average of 12 years experience. They can handle all kinds of tax situations, from simple to complex. When you connect live with an expert, you’ll see their specific certifications. To connect, just select Live help and set up a call or talk via chat. TurboTax Live is an unlimited service, so you can have as many sessions as you need to get your taxes done right.
How do I know my TurboTax Live experts are qualified?
Our team of tax experts has an average of 12 years experience. They can handle all kinds of tax situations, from simple to complex.
When you connect live with an expert, you’ll see their specific certifications. To connect, just select Live help and set up a call or talk via chat. TurboTax Live is an unlimited service, so you can have as many sessions as you need to get your taxes done right.
Am I covered if I get audited?
Yes. We offer free one-on-one audit guidance year-round from our experienced and knowledgeable tax staff. We'll let you know what to expect and how to prepare in the unlikely event you receive an audit letter from the IRS.
If you've already received a letter from the IRS for a return you filed with TurboTax, please review our Audit Support Guarantee for instructions on how to receive FREE step–by–step audit guidance and the option to connect with an expert.
We also offer full audit representation for an additional fee with TurboTax Audit Defense.
We search over 400
We find every tax deduction and credit you qualify for to get you the biggest tax
100% Accurate Expert
If you pay an IRS or state penalty
(or interest) because of an error that
a TurboTax Tax Expert or Tax Attorney made while providing topic-specific tax advice, a section review, or acting as a signed preparer for your return, we'll pay you the penalty
100% accurate calculations
Our calculations are 100% accurate so your taxes will be done right, guaranteed, or we’ll pay you any