TurboTax Live Self-Employed

Get unlimited tax advice for your personal
and business income and expenses and a
final review
from
a real tax expert.

(4.6/5 | 8852 reviews)
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Why use TurboTax Live
Self-Employed?

TurboTax Live Self-Employed is designed for the unique needs of freelancers, independent contractors, and small business owners. A real tax expert can help you report work-related expenses and find tax deductions
specific to your line of work.

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1. IT'S EASY TO GET YOUR TAXES
DONE RIGHT

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
EXPERTS IN
YOUR CORNER

Our tax experts are there whenever you need them, including nights and weekends. Get unlimited advice and answers as you do
your taxes.

3. A FINAL REVIEW BEFORE
YOU FILE

A tax expert can review your return before you file,
so you can be confident that your unique tax situation is handled right.

  • What customers are saying about
    TurboTax Live
    Self-Employed

  • customer review 5 out of 5

    First time
    self employed

    "I had a very pleasant experience with
    my TurboTax professional. She was very kind and helpful for a first time self-employee. She navigated me through the self-employed section and adding it to my existing W2."

    Matty9034 -
    NY

  • customer review 5 out of 5

    Thank you for all your help!

    "This was my first year filing with multiple states, and I wasn't prepared for the headache that entailed. My TurboTax Expert, Ken, made the whole process a breeze and found money on the table I would have never been able to find on my own!"

    2Kings -
    TN

  • customer review 5 out of 5

    Amazing Service

    “TurboTax live experts were extremely helpful in my issues with filing taxes as a small business owner. They were informative, patient, and explained matters clearly to me. Couldn't ask for a better service to help me with
    my taxes.”

    MRobinson7194 -
    KY


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TurboTax Self-Employed features

For self-employed workers & small business owners
  • Find industry-specific deductions

    Get expert help maximizing unique deductions across diverse industries: real estate, courier & delivery driving, specialty-trade construction, online selling & retail, professional consulting, beauty professions and many more.

  • Ideal for
    1099-NEC income

    We’re designed for independent contractors, freelancers, and business owners. Note: Self-employed income is now reported on
    the NEW 1099-NEC form,
    not 1099-MISC.

  • 1099-NEC snap & auto-fill

    Easily and conveniently upload your 1099-NEC with just a snap from
    your smartphone.

  • Get a personalized audit assessment

    We’ll help you file your self-employment taxes with complete confidence by calling out potential red flags and uncovering deductions you may have missed, for total peace of mind.

  • Mileage and
    vehicle deductions

    Let us determine if actual expenses or the standard mileage rate will get you the biggest
    tax deduction.

  • Easy import from QuickBooks
    Self-Employed

    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.

  • Prepare employee tax forms

    Prepare and print unlimited W-2 and 1099 tax forms for your employees
    and contractors.

  • Every self-employed
    tax deduction

    We’ll search over over 500 tax deductions to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Business travel, entertainment, office supplies, and operating costs are all covered.

Also for investors & rental property managers
  • Quickly add
    investment info

    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
    stock sales.

  • 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
    tax deduction.

  • 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
    different prices.

Also for individuals & families
  • Guidance for homeowners

    Have a tax expert guide you to find the right deductions for mortgage interest, property taxes, refinancing fees, and more.

  • Deduction finder

    We search more than 350 tax deductions
    and credits to get you the biggest tax refund, guaranteed.

  • Ideal for student loans and
    education expenses

    A tax expert can help you deduct
    any interest you paid on student loans, as well as take advantage
    of other education tax credits
    and deductions.

  • Tax credits for dependents

    Find tax-saving credits like the Child & Dependent Care Credit, Earned Income Credit (EIC), and child tax credit.

  • Charitable donations

    Get every charitable donation deduction you deserve and easily calculate the value of your donated items with ItsDeductible™.

  • 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
    your taxes.

  • 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.

Help & support
  • Talk to real tax experts on demand

    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.

  • Product support

    Our TurboTax product specialists will provide customized answers to your questions and guide you by drawing on
    your screen.*

  • Expert final review

    Be 100% confident by having a tax expert review your return before you file to make sure everything’s done right.

  • Full Service
    optional upgrade

    Have a tax expert
    or CPA do your taxes for you by upgrading to Full Service at
    any time.

All TurboTax products are easy to use & guaranteed accurate
  • 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.

  • Anytime, anywhere

    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 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
    as possible.

  • It's easy to switch

    You can easily save time by importing a PDF
    of last year’s tax return from other major tax
    prep companies.

  • 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)

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great experience! Thanks once again for helping me understand my taxes and guiding me through the process! If you do any sort of gig work, I would highly recommend going this route; they will help you maximize your credits and ensure that you get everything that you worked so hard for.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great experience! Thanks once again for helping me understand my taxes and guiding me through the process! If you do any sort of gig work, I would highly recommend going this route; they will help you maximize your credits and ensure that you get everything that you worked so hard for.
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Date published: 2021-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product very helpful service fast response time to to questions. this year was my most complicated return and with help it went easier than expected.
Date published: 2021-10-16
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Commonly Filed Tax Forms and Schedules
Free Edition
Basic Live
Deluxe
Deluxe Live
Premier
Premier Live
Self-Employed
Self-Employed Live
1040U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
Schedule EICEarned Income Credit
Schedule 1Additional Income and Adjustments to Income
Schedule 2Additional Taxes
Schedule 3Additional Credits and Payments
Schedule AItemized Deductions
Schedule BInterest and Dividend Income
Schedule CProfit or Loss from Business (Income)
Schedule SESelf-Employment Tax
Schedule DCapital Gains and Losses
Schedule ESupplemental Income and Loss, including rental property
Schedule CProfit or Loss from Business (Expenses)
Other Tax Forms and Schedules
Free Edition
Basic Live
Deluxe
Deluxe Live
Premier
Premier Live
Self-Employed
Self-Employed Live
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 1098-EStudent Loan Interest Statement
Form 1099-DIVDividends and Distributions
Form 1099-INTInterest Income
Form 1099-OIDOriginal Issue Discount
Form 1099-RDistributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement, etc.
Form 1310Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer
Form 14039Identity Theft Affidavit
Form 2120Multiple Support Declaration
Form 2210/2210AIUnderpayment of Tax/Annualized Income
Form 4506Request for Copy of Tax Form
Form 4852Substitute for Form W-2 or 1099-R
Form 4868Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File
Form 8332Release of Claim to Exemption for Child of Divorced or Separated Parents
Form 8379Injured Spouse Allocation
Form 8453U.S. Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS E-File Return
Schedule 8812Additional Child Tax Credit
Form 8822Change of Address
Form 8857Request for Innocent Spouse Relief
Form 8862Information to Claim Certain Refundable Credits After Disallowance
Form 8888Direct Deposit of Refund
Form 9465Installment Agreement Request
Form W-2Wages and Tax Statement
Form W-4Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Schedule LEPRequest for Change in Language Preference
Commonly Filed Tax Forms and Schedules (new forms for 2021)
Form 1098Mortgage Interest Statement
Form 1098-CContributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats and Airplanes
Form 1098-TTuition Statement
Form 1099-AAcquisition or Abandonment of Secured Property
Form 1099-CCancellation of Debt
Form 1099-GUnemployment Income and other government payments
Form 1099-KPayment Card and Third Party Network Transactions
Form 1099-MISCMiscellaneous Income
Form 1099-NECNon-Employment Compensation
Form 1099-QPayments From Qualified Education Programs
Form 1099-SADistributions from an HSA, Archer MSA, or Medicare Advantage MSA
Form 1116/AMTAMT Foreign Tax Credit/Foreign Tax Credit
Form 2106Employee Business Expenses
Form 2441Child and Dependent Care Expenses
Form 2555Foreign Earned Income
Form 3903Moving Expenses
Form 4137Tax on Unreported Tip Income
Form 4562Depreciation and Amortization
Form 4684Casualties and Theft
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 6251Alternative Minimum Tax
Form 8283Non-cash Charitable Contributions
Form 8396Mortgage Interest Credit
Form 8582/AMT/CRPassive Activity Loss Limitations/AMT/Credit Limitations
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 8834Qualified Electric Vehicle Credit
Form 8839Qualified Adoption Expenses
Form 8853Archer MSAs and Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts
Form 8859Carryforward of D.C. First-Time Homebuyer Credit
Form 8863Education Credits
Form 8880Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions
Form 8885Health Coverage Tax Credit
Form 8889Health Savings Account
Form 8910Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit
Form 8911Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit
Form 8915AQualified 2017 Disaster Retirement Plan Distribution and Repayments
Form 8915BQualified 2017 Disaster Retirement Plan Distribution and Repayments
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 8958Allocation of Community Property Amounts
Form 8959Additional Medicare Tax
Form 8960Net Investment Income Tax
Form 8962Premium Tax Credit
Form 982Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness
Form SS-4Application for Employer Identification Number
Form W-2GCertain Gambling Winnings
Schedule HHousehold Employment Taxes
Schedule RCredit for Elderly or Disabled
Form 8994Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave
Form 8995Qualified Business Income Deduction
Form 8995-AQualified Business Income Deduction Simplified Computation
From 8995-A Sch ASpecified Service Trades or Businesses
From 8995-A Sch BAggregation of Business Operators
From 8995-A Sch CLoss Netting and Carryforward
From 8995-A Sch DSpecial Rules for Patrons of Agricultural or Horticultural Cooperatives
Form 1099-BProceeds from Broker Transactions
Form 2210-FUnderpayment of Estimated Tax by Farmers and Fishermen
Form 2439Notice to Shareholder of Undistributed Long-Term Capital Gains
Form 3468Investment Credit
Form 3800General Business Credit
Form 4136Credit for Federal Tax Paid on Fuels
Form 4255Recapture of Investment Credit
Form 4797Sales of Business Property
Form 4835Farm Rental Income and Expenses
Form 6198At-Risk Limitations
Form 6252Installment Sale Income
Form 6781Gains/Losses from Section 1256 Contracts and Straddles
Form 8586Low-Income Housing Credit
Form 8824Like-Kind Exchange
Form 8949Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets
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.
Schedules K-3 (Form 1065)Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc.-International
Schedules K-3 (Form 1120S)Shareholder's Share of Income, Credits, etc-International
Form 8829Expenses for Business Use of Your Home
Form 8881Credit for Small Employer Pension Plan Startup Costs
Form 8941Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums
Schedule FProfit or Loss from Farming
Schedule JIncome Averaging for Farmers and Fishermen
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    • Edge 17
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    • Opera 64.x
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Mobile / Other
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  • Android 7.x

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  • Chromebook

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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
financial institutions.

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 11 years experience preparing tax returns. It’s like bringing the tax store to your
home computer.

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.

How do I know my TurboTax Live experts are qualified?

Our team of tax experts has an average of 11 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 MAX Defend
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tax deductions

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    refund, guaranteed.

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    Approved Guarantee

    If you pay an IRS or state penalty (or interest) because of an error that a TurboTax expert 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
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    Our calculations are 100% accurate so your taxes will be done right, guaranteed, or we’ll pay you any
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