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Incentive Stock Options

Written by a TurboTax Expert • Reviewed by a TurboTax CPAUpdated for Tax Year 2023 • October 19, 2023 7:57 AM
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Some employers use Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) as a way to attract and retain employees. While ISOs can offer a valuable opportunity to participate in your company's growth and profits, there are tax implications you should be aware of. We'll help you understand ISOs and fill you in on important timetables that affect your tax liability so you can optimize the value of your ISOs.

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What are Incentive Stock Options?

A stock option grants you the right to purchase a certain number of shares of stock at an established price. There are two types of stock options—Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) and Non-qualified Stock Options (NSOs)—and they are treated very differently for tax purposes. In most cases, Incentive Stock Options provide more favorable tax treatment than Non-qualified Stock Options.

If you have been granted stock options, make sure you know which type of options you received. If you are not sure, take a look at your option agreement or ask your employer. The type of options should be clearly identified in the agreement.

Why are Incentive Stock Options more favorable tax-wise?

When you exercise Incentive Stock Options, you buy the stock at a pre-established price, which could be well below actual market value. The advantage of an ISO is you do not have to report income when you receive a stock option grant or when you exercise that option.

You report the taxable income only when you sell the stock. And, depending on how long you own the stock, that income could be taxed at capital gain rates ranging from 0% to 23.8% (for sales in 2023)—typically a lot lower than your regular income tax rate.

  • With ISOs, your taxes depend on the dates of the transactions (that is, when you exercise the options to buy the stock and when you sell the stock).
  • The price break between the grant price you pay and the fair market value on the day you exercise the options to buy the stock is known as the bargain element.
  • There is a catch with Incentive Stock Options, however: you do have to report that bargain element as taxable compensation for Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) purposes in the year you exercise the options (unless you sell the stock in the same year). We'll explain more about the AMT later.

With Non-qualified Stock Options, you must report the price break as taxable compensation in the year you exercise your options, and it's taxed at your regular income tax rate, which in 2023 can range from 10% to 37%.

How transactions affect your taxes

Incentive Stock Option transactions fall into five possible categories, each of which may get taxed a little differently.

With an ISO, you can:

  1. Exercise your option to purchase the shares and hold them.
  2. Exercise your option to purchase the shares, then sell them any time within the same year.
  3. Exercise your option to purchase the shares and sell them after 12 months or less, but during the following calendar year.
  4. Sell shares at least one year and a day after you purchased them, but less than two years since your original grant date.
  5. Sell shares at least one year and a day after you purchased them, and at least two years since the original grant date.

Each transaction has different tax implications. The first and last are the most favorable. The time at which you sell determines how the proceeds are taxed.

If you can wait at least a year and a day after you purchase the stocks, and at least two years after you were granted the option to sell the stocks (as described in item 5 above), any profit on the sale is treated as a long-term capital gain, so it is taxed at a lower rate than your regular income. (Your profit is the difference between the bargain price you pay for the stock, and the market price that you sell it for.)

  • This is the most favorable tax treatment because long-term capital gains recognized in 2023 are taxed at a maximum 23.8% (or 0 if you're in the 10% or 15% income tax brackets) compared to ordinary income tax rates which may be as high as 37% in 2023.
  • Sales that meet these one- and two-year time limits are called "qualifying dispositions," because they qualify for favorable tax treatment.
  • No compensation is reported to you on your Form W-2, so you do not have to pay taxes on the transaction as ordinary income at your regular tax rate.

Now, if you sell the shares before they meet the criteria for favorable capital gains treatment, the sales are considered "disqualifying dispositions," and you may end up paying taxes on part of the proceeds of the sale at your ordinary income tax rate, which could be as high as 37% in 2023.

  • When you sell the stock two years or less from the offering date, known as the "grant date," the transaction is a disqualifying disposition.
  • Or if you sell the shares one year or less from the "exercise date," which is when you purchase the stock, that is also considered a disqualifying disposition.
  • In both cases, the compensation should be reported on your Form W-2.

The amount reported on your Form W-2 is the bargain element, which is the difference between what you paid for the stock and its fair market value on the day you bought it. But if your bargain element is more than your actual gain from the sale of the stock, then you report as compensation the amount of the actual gain. The reported compensation is taxed as ordinary income.

1. Exercise your option to purchase the shares and hold them

 

Grant date

12/31/2022

Exercise date

6/30/2023

Exercise price

$25

Sale date

Not sold yet

Market price on 6/30/2023

$45

Number of shares

100

Bargain element

$2,000

You do not report anything on your 2023 Schedule D (Capital Gains and Losses) because you have not yet sold the stock. Your employer will not include any compensation related to your options on your 2023 Form W-2 either.

You will have to make an adjustment for the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) that equals the bargain element, which is $2,000:

  • $45 Market Price - $25 Exercise Price = $20
  • $20 x 100 shares = $2,000 Bargain Element
  • Report this amount on your 2023 Form 6251.

2. Exercise your option to purchase the shares, and then sell those shares within the same calendar year

 

Grant date

12/31/2022

Exercise date

06/30/2023

Exercise price

$20

Sale date

06/30/2023

Sale price

$45

Number of shares

100

Bargain element

$2,500

The bargain element is the difference between the exercise price and the market price on the day you exercised the options and purchased the stock.

  • $45 Market Price - $20 Exercise Price = $25
  • $25 x 100 shares = $2,500 Bargain Element

This amount should already be included in the total wages reported in Box 1 of your 2023 Form W-2 because this is a "disqualifying sale." This means you are disqualified from taking it as a capital gain and being taxed at the lower capital gains rate because you sold the shares within a year or less after exercising the option. If this amount is not included in Box 1 of Form W-2, add it as "Other Income" on your Form 1040.

Report the sale on your 2023 Schedule D, Part I as a short-term sale. The sale is short-term because not more than one year passed between the date you acquired the actual stock and the date you sold it.

For reporting purposes on Schedule D:

  • The date acquired is 6/30/2023.
  • The date sold is also 6/30/2023.
  • The cost basis is $4,500. This is the actual price paid per share times the number of shares ($20 x 100 = $2,000), plus any amounts reported as compensation income on your 2023 tax return ($2,500).
  • The sales price is $4,500 ($45 x 100 shares). This should match the gross amount shown on your 2023 Form 1099-B you receive from your broker after the end of the year.

You end up reporting no gain or loss on the stock sale transaction itself, but the $2,500 overall profit will be taxed at your ordinary tax rate. Because you exercised the options and sold the stock in the same year, you do not need to make an adjustment for Alternative Minimum Tax purposes.

3. Sell shares in the next calendar year, but within 12 months or less after you purchased them

 

Grant date

12/31/2020

Exercise date

12/31/2022

Exercise price

$20

Market price on 12/31/2021

$45

Sale date

06/15/2023

Sale price

$30

Number of shares

100

Bargain element

$2,500

Actual gain from sale

$1,000

Unlike example 2, the compensation is calculated as either the bargain element or the actual gain from the sale of the stock - whichever is lower. This is because the market price on the day of the sale is less than that on the day you exercised your option.

The bargain element, that is, the difference between the exercise price and the market price on the day you exercised the options and purchased the stock is $2,500.

  • $45 Market Price - $20 Exercise Price = $25
  • $25 x 100 shares = $2,500 Bargain Element

The actual gain on the sale of the stock is $1,000

  • $30 Sale Price - $20 Exercise Price = $10
  • $10 x 100 shares = $1,000 Actual Gain From Sale

In this example, the amount that is considered compensation is limited to $1,000, your actual gain when you sell the shares, even though your bargain element ($2,500) is higher.

  • The $1,000 may be included in the total wages shown in Box 1 of your 2023 Form W-2 from your employer because this is a disqualifying sale, meaning that it does not qualify for treatment as a capital gain (at the lower capital gains rates).
  • If the $1,000 amount is not included in Box 1 of your 2023 Form W-2, you must still add it to the amount you're reporting as compensation as "Other Income" on your Form 1040.

In order to be taxed only on the lesser of the two calculations, ($2,500 vs. $1,000 in our example), the sale cannot be any of the following:

  1. A wash sale: if you repurchase shares in the same company (such as through an employee stock purchase plan) within 30 days before or after the sale of the shares obtained from the exercise of the option, some or all of the sale will be considered a wash sale. You will not be allowed to report the lesser calculation as income for shares sold in a wash sale. You must report the full $2,500 as income.
  2. A sale to a related party: If you sell the shares to a related party (a member of your family, or a partnership or corporation in which you have more than a 50 percent interest), you must report the full $2,500 as income.
  3. A gift: If you gave the stock to an individual or a charity, rather than selling the shares, you must report the full $2,500 as income.

Report the sale on your 2023 Schedule D, Part I, as a short-term sale. It's considered short-term because one year or less had passed between the date you acquired the stock and the date you sold it.

For reporting purposes on Schedule D:

  • The date acquired is 12/31/2022.
  • The date sold is 6/15/2023.
  • The sales price is $3,000. This is the price at the date of sale ($30) times the number of shares sold (100). This amount should be reported as the gross amount on the 2023 Form 1099-B that you'll receive from the broker that handled the sale.
  • The cost basis is $3,000. This is the actual price paid per share times the number of shares ($20 x 100 = $2,000) plus the compensation amount reported on your 2023 Form 1040 ($1,000).
  • The resulting gain is zero.

Because this sale did not occur in the same year as the year you exercised the options, you have to make an adjustment for AMT. When you originally purchased the stock, you should have reported an income adjustment for AMT purposes in that year.

4. Sell shares at least one year and a day after you purchase, but less than two years after the grant date

 

Grant date

08/01/2021

Exercise date

02/01/2022

Grant price

$20

Market price on 02/01/2022

$45

Sale date

06/15/2023

Sale price

$85

Commissions paid at sale

$10

Number of shares

100

Bargain element

$2,500

Net gain

$3,990

The bargain element is calculated as the difference between the exercise price and the market price on the day you exercised the options and purchased the stock.

  • $45 Market Price - $20 Exercise Price = $25
  • $25 x 100 shares = $2,500 Bargain Element

This amount should be included in the total wages shown in Box 1 of the 2023 Form W-2 from your employer because this is a disqualifying sale (meaning that your gain does not qualify for capital gains treatment for which the rates are lower than for ordinary income in 2023). If this amount is not included in Box 1 of Form W-2, you still must add it to the amount of compensation income that you report on your 2023 Form 1040, line 7.

You also must report the sale of the stock on your 2023 Schedule D, Part II as a long-term sale. It is long term because more than one year passed between the date you acquired the stock and the date you sold it.

For reporting purposes on Schedule D:

  • The date acquired is 02/01/2022.
  • The date sold is 6/15/2023.
  • The sales price is $8,490. This is the price at the date of sale ($85) times the number of shares sold (100), or $8,500. We then subtract the commissions paid on the sale (in this example $10), resulting in $8,490. This amount should be reported as the gross amount on the 2023 Form 1099-B that you'll receive from the broker that handled the sale.
  • The cost basis is $4,500. This is the actual price paid per share times the number of shares ($20 x 100 = $2,000) plus the compensation income reported on your 2023 Form 1040 ($2,500).
  • The resulting gain is $3,990 ($8,490 - $4,500 = $3,990).

Because this sale did not occur in the same year as the year you exercised the options, you have to make an adjustment for AMT. When you originally purchased the stock, you should have reported an income adjustment for AMT purposes in that year.

  • Find out if this was the case by looking at Form 6251 (Alternative Minimum Tax) for the year that you purchased the shares.
  • In our example, the amount that should have been reported on your 2023 Form 6251 was the bargain element ($45 - $20 = $25) times the number of shares (100), which equals $2,500.
  • So what do you do this year? You will have to report another adjustment on your 2023 Form 6251. We explain how you calculate your AMT adjustment in the section called Reporting an Incentive Stock Option Adjustment for the Alternative Minimum Tax below.

5. Sell shares at least one year and a day after you purchase and at least two years after the grant date

 

Grant date

01/01/2020

Exercise date

02/01/2021

Grant price

$20

Market price on 02/01/2021

$45

Sale date

06/15/2023

Sale price

$85

Commissions paid at sale

$10

Number of shares

100

This sale is a qualifying sale, because:

  • more than two years passed between the grant date and the sale date, and
  • more than one year passed between the exercise date and the sales date.

Because this is a qualifying sale, the 2023 Form W-2 you receive from your employer will not report any compensation amount for this sale.

Report the sale on your 2023 Schedule D, Part II as a long-term sale. It is long-term because more than one year passed between the date you acquired the stock and the date you sold it.

For reporting purposes on Schedule D:

  • The date acquired is 02/01/2022.
  • The date sold is 06/15/2023.
  • The sale price is $8,490. This is the price at the date of sale ($85) times the number of shares sold (100), or $8,500. We then subtract any commissions paid on the sale (in this example $10), resulting in $8,490. This amount should be reported as the gross amount on the 2023 Form 1099-B that you'll receive from the broker that handled the sale.
  • The cost basis is $2,000. This is the actual price paid per share times the number of shares ($20 x 100 = $2,000).
  • The long-term gain is the difference of $6,490 ($8,490 - $2,000 = $6,490).

Because this sale and the exercise of the options didn't occur in the same year, you must make an adjustment for AMT. When you originally purchased the stock, you should have reported an income adjustment for AMT purposes in that year.

  • Find out if this was the case by looking at Form 6251 (Alternative Minimum Tax) for the year that you purchased the shares.
  • In our example, the amount that should have been reported on your 2023 Form 6251 was the bargain element ($45 - $20 = $25) times the number of shares (100), which equals $2,500.
  • So what do you do this year? We'll explain how you calculate your AMT adjustment in the section below.

 

Reporting an Incentive Stock Option adjustment for the Alternative Minimum Tax

If you buy and hold, you will report the bargain element as income for Alternative Minimum Tax purposes.

  • Report this amount on Form 6251: Alternative Minimum Tax for the year you exercise the ISOs.
  • When you sell the stock in a later year, you must report another adjustment on your Form 6251 for the year of sale.

But what is the adjustment you should report? The year-of-sale Form 6251 adjustment is added to the stock's cost basis for Alternative Minimum Tax purposes (but not for regular tax purposes).

  • So, in example 5, rather than using a cost basis of $2,000 for AMT, a cost basis of $4,500 ($2,000 plus $2,500 of the AMT adjustment from the year of exercise) should be used.
  • This results in a $3,990 gain for AMT purposes from the sale, which differs from the regular tax gain of $6,490 by exactly $2,500.

Unused AMT credits

In the year that you exercise an Incentive Stock Option, the difference between the market value of the stock on the exercise date and the exercise price counts as income under the AMT rules, which can trigger an AMT liability. However, you will also generally earn an AMT credit in that year. You can use the credit to lower your tax bill in later years. However, there are limitations on when you can use an AMT credit.

Consider the entire picture

It's important to take a look at the whole picture of your capital gains and losses for AMT purposes when you sell stock that you purchased by exercising Incentive Stock Options. If the market turns on you after you have exercised your options and the current value of your stock is now less than what you paid, you could still be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax.

One way around that is to sell the stock in the same year that you bought it, creating a "disqualifying" disposition. That way you won't be subject to the AMT, but you would be subject to regular tax on the difference between your option exercise price and the sales price.

For example, assume you exercised options at $3 a share on a day when the stock was selling for $33, and the stock value later dropped to $25.

  • If you sell the stock at $25 before the end of the year, you would be taxed at ordinary income tax rates on $22 per share ($25-$3) and not be subject to any AMT concerns.
  • But if you hold onto the stock, you would be taxed for AMT purposes in the year you exercised the option on the phantom profit of $30 a share—the difference between your option exercise price and market price on the day you bought the shares—even if the actual market price of your shares fell after that date.
  • It may be advisable to consult with a tax professional prior to making any transactions that involve ISO shares.

Taxes and Incentive Stock Options

Your employer isn't required to withhold income tax when you exercise an Incentive Stock Option since there is no tax due (under the regular tax system) until you sell the stock. Although no tax is withheld when you exercise an ISO, tax may be due later when you sell the stock, as illustrated by the examples in this article. Be sure to plan for the tax consequences when you consider the consequences of selling the stock.

For additional information, see IRS Publication 550: Investment Income and Expenses (Including Capital Gains and Losses) and Stock Options in IRS Publication 525: Taxable and Nontaxable Income.

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  • Pay for TurboTax out of your federal refund or state refund (if applicable): Individual taxes only. Subject to eligibility requirements. Additional terms apply. A $40 Refund Processing Service fee may apply to this payment method. Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • TurboTax Help and Support: Access to a TurboTax product specialist is included with TurboTax Deluxe, Premium, TurboTax Live Assisted and TurboTax Live Full Service; not included with Free Edition (but is available as an upgrade). TurboTax specialists are available to provide general customer help and support using the TurboTax product. Services, areas of expertise, experience levels, wait times, hours of operation and availability vary, and are subject to restriction and change without notice. Limitations apply See Terms of Service for details.
  • Tax Advice, Expert Review and TurboTax Live: Access to tax advice and Expert Review (the ability to have a Tax Expert review and/or sign your tax return) is included with TurboTax Live Assisted or as an upgrade from another version, and available through December 31, 2024. Intuit will assign you a tax expert based on availability. Tax expert and CPA availability may be limited. Some tax topics or situations may not be included as part of this service, which shall be determined in the tax expert’s sole discretion. For the TurboTax Live Assisted product, if your return requires a significant level of tax advice or actual preparation, the tax expert may be required to sign as the preparer at which point they will assume primary responsibility for the preparation of your return. For the TurboTax Live Full Service product: Handoff tax preparation by uploading your tax documents, getting matched with an expert, and meeting with an expert in real time. The tax expert will sign your return as a preparer. The ability to retain the same expert preparer in subsequent years will be based on an expert’s choice to continue employment with Intuit. Administrative services may be provided by assistants to the tax expert. On-screen help is available on a desktop, laptop or the TurboTax mobile app. Unlimited access to TurboTax Live tax experts refers to an unlimited quantity of contacts available to each customer, but does not refer to hours of operation or service coverage. Service, area of expertise, experience levels, wait times, hours of operation and availability vary, and are subject to restriction and change without notice.

  • TurboTax Live Full Service – Qualification for Offer: Depending on your tax situation, you may be asked to answer additional questions to determine your qualification for the Full Service offer. Certain complicated tax situations will require an additional fee, and some will not qualify for the Full Service offering. These situations may include but are not limited to multiple sources of business income, large amounts of cryptocurrency transactions, taxable foreign assets and/or significant foreign investment income. Offer details subject to change at any time without notice. Intuit, in its sole discretion and at any time, may determine that certain tax topics, forms and/or situations are not included as part of TurboTax Live Full Service. Intuit reserves the right to refuse to prepare a tax return for any reason in its sole discretion. Additional limitations apply. See Terms of Service for details.

  • TurboTax Live Full Service - File your taxes as soon as today: TurboTax Full Service Experts are available to prepare 2023 tax returns starting January 8, 2024. Based on completion time for the majority of customers and may vary based on expert availability. The tax preparation assistant will validate the customer’s tax situation during the welcome call and review uploaded documents to assess readiness. All tax forms and documents must be ready and uploaded by the customer for the tax preparation assistant to refer the customer to an available expert for live tax preparation.

  • TurboTax Live Full Service -- Verified Pro -- “Local” and “In-Person”: Not all feature combinations are available for all locations. "Local" experts are defined as being located within the same state as the consumer’s zip code for virtual meetings. "Local" Pros for the purpose of in-person meetings are defined as being located within 50 miles of the consumer's zip code. In-person meetings with local Pros are available on a limited basis in some locations, but not available in all States or locations. Not all pros provide in-person services.

  • Smart Insights: Individual taxes only. Included with TurboTax Deluxe, Premium, TurboTax Live, TurboTax Live Full Service, or with PLUS benefits, and is available through 11/1/2024. Terms and conditions may vary and are subject to change without notice.

  • My Docs features: Included with TurboTax Deluxe, Premium TurboTax Live, TurboTax Live Full Service, or with PLUS benefits and is available through 12/31/2024. Terms and conditions may vary and are subject to change without notice.

  • Tax Return Access: Included with all TurboTax Free Edition, Deluxe, Premium, TurboTax Live, TurboTax Live Full Service customers and access to up to the prior seven years of tax returns we have on file for you is available through 12/31/2024. Terms and conditions may vary and are subject to change without notice.

  • Easy Online Amend: Individual taxes only. Included with TurboTax Deluxe, Premium, TurboTax Live, TurboTax Live Full Service, or with PLUS benefits. Make changes to your 2023 tax return online for up to 3 years after it has been filed and accepted by the IRS through 10/31/2026. Terms and conditions may vary and are subject to change without notice. For TurboTax Live Full Service, your tax expert will amend your 2023 tax return for you through 11/15/2024. After 11/15/2024, TurboTax Live Full Service customers will be able to amend their 2023 tax return themselves using the Easy Online Amend process described above.

  • #1 best-selling tax software: Based on aggregated sales data for all tax year 2022 TurboTax products.

  • #1 online tax filing solution for self-employed: Based upon IRS Sole Proprietor data as of 2023, tax year 2022. Self-Employed defined as a return with a Schedule C tax form. Online competitor data is extrapolated from press releases and SEC filings. “Online” is defined as an individual income tax DIY return (non-preparer signed) that was prepared online & either e-filed or printed, not including returns prepared through desktop software or FFA prepared returns, 2022.

  • CompleteCheck: Covered under the TurboTax accurate calculations and maximum refund guarantees. Limitations apply. See Terms of Service for details.
  • TurboTax Premium Pricing Comparison: Cost savings based on a comparison of TurboTax product prices to average prices set forth in the 2020-2021 NSA Fees-Acct-Tax Practices Survey Report.

  • 1099-K Snap and Autofill: Available in mobile app and mobile web only.

  • 1099-NEC Snap and Autofill: Available in TurboTax Premium (formerly Self-Employed) and TurboTax Live Assisted Premium (formerly Self-Employed). Available in mobile app only. Feature available within Schedule C tax form for TurboTax filers with 1099-NEC income.

  • Year-Round Tax Estimator: Available in TurboTax Premium (formerly Self-Employed) and TurboTax Live Assisted Premium (formerly Self-Employed). This product feature is only available after you finish and file in a self-employed TurboTax product.

  • **Refer a Friend: Rewards good for up to 20 friends, or $500 - see official terms and conditions for more details.

  • Refer your Expert (Intuit’s own experts): Rewards good for up to 20 referrals, or $500 - see official terms and conditions for more details.

  • Refer your Expert (TurboTax Verified Independent Pro): Rewards good for up to 20 referrals, or $500 - see official terms and conditions for more details

  • Average Refund Amount: Sum of $3140 is the average refund American taxpayers received based upon IRS data date ending 2/17/23 and may not reflect actual refund amount received.

  • Average Deduction Amount: Based on the average amount of deductions/expenses found by TurboTax Self Employed customers who filed expenses on Schedule C in Tax Year 2022 and may not reflect actual deductions found.

  • More self-employed deductions based on the median amount of expenses found by TurboTax Premium (formerly Self Employed) customers who synced accounts, imported and categorized transactions compared to manual entry. Individual results may vary.

  • TurboTax Online Business Products: For TurboTax Live Assisted Business and TurboTax Full Service Business, we currently don’t support the following tax situations: C-Corps (Form 1120-C), Trust/Estates (Form 1041), Multiple state filings, Tax Exempt Entities/Non-Profits, Entities electing to be treated as a C-Corp, Schedule C Sole proprietorship, Payroll, Sales tax, Quarterly filings, and Foreign Income. TurboTax Live Assisted Business is currently available only in AK, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MI, MO, NC, NV, NY, OH, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WY.

  • Audit Defense: Audit Defense is a third-party add-on service provided, for a fee, by TaxResources, Inc., dba Tax Audit. See Membership Agreements at https://turbotax.intuit.com/corp/softwarelicense/ for service terms and conditions. 

TURBOTAX DESKTOP GUARANTEES

TurboTax Desktop Individual Returns:

  • 100% Accurate Calculations Guarantee – Individual Returns: If you pay an IRS or state penalty or interest because of a TurboTax calculation error, we’ll pay you the penalty and interest. Excludes payment plans. This guarantee is good for the lifetime of your personal, individual tax return, which Intuit defines as seven years from the date you filed it with TurboTax Desktop. Excludes TurboTax Desktop Business returns. Additional terms and limitations apply. See License Agreement for details.

  • Maximum Refund Guarantee / Maximum Tax Savings Guarantee - or Your Money Back – Individual Returns: If you get a larger refund or smaller tax due from another tax preparation method by filing an amended return, we'll refund the applicable TurboTax federal and/or state software license purchase price you paid. This guarantee is good for the lifetime of your personal, individual tax return, which Intuit defines as seven years from the date you filed it with TurboTax Desktop. Excludes TurboTax Desktop Business returns. Additional terms and limitations apply. See License Agreement for details.

  • Audit Support Guarantee – Individual Returns: If you receive an audit letter from the IRS or State Department of Revenue based on your 2023 TurboTax individual tax return, we will provide one-on-one question-and-answer support with a tax professional, if requested through our Audit Report Center, for audited individual returns filed with TurboTax Desktop for the current 2023 tax year and, for individual, non-business returns, for the past two tax years (2021, 2022). Audit support is informational only. We will not represent you before the IRS or state tax authority or provide legal advice. If we are not able to connect you to one of our tax professionals, we will refund the applicable TurboTax federal and/or state license purchase price you paid. This guarantee is good for the lifetime of your personal, individual tax return, which Intuit defines as seven years from the date you filed it with TurboTax Desktop. Excludes TurboTax Desktop Business returns. Additional terms and limitations apply. See License Agreement for details.

  • Satisfaction Guarantee/ 60-Day Money Back Guarantee: If you're not completely satisfied with TurboTax Desktop, go to refundrequest.intuit.com within 60 days of purchase and follow the process listed to submit a refund request. You must return this product using your license code or order number and dated receipt.

TurboTax Desktop Business Returns:

  • 100% Accurate Calculations Guarantee – Business Returns: If you pay an IRS or state penalty or interest because of a TurboTax calculation error, we’ll pay you the penalty and interest. Excludes payment plans. You are responsible for paying any additional tax liability you may owe. Additional terms and limitations apply. See License Agreement for details.

  • Maximum Tax Savings Guarantee – Business Returns: If you get a smaller tax due (or larger business tax refund) from another tax preparation method using the same data, TurboTax will refund the applicable TurboTax Business Desktop license purchase price you paid. Additional terms and limitations apply. See License Agreement for details.

  • Satisfaction Guarantee/ 60-Day Money Back Guarantee: If you're not completely satisfied with TurboTax Desktop, go to refundrequest.intuit.com within 60 days of purchase and follow the process listed to submit a refund request. You must return this product using your license code or order number and dated receipt.

TURBOTAX DESKTOP

  • Installation Requirements: Product download, installation and activation requires an Intuit Account and internet connection. Product limited to one account per license code. You must accept the TurboTax License Agreement to use this product. Not for use by paid preparers.

  • TurboTax Desktop Products: Price includes tax preparation and printing of federal tax returns and free federal e-file of up to 5 federal tax returns. Additional fees may apply for e-filing state returns. E-file fees may not apply in certain states, check here for details. Savings and price comparison based on anticipated price increase. Software updates and optional online features require internet connectivity.

  • Fastest Refund Possible: Fastest federal tax refund with e-file and direct deposit; tax refund time frames will vary. The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days.

  • Average Refund Amount: Sum of $3140 is the average refund American taxpayers received based upon IRS data date ending 02/17/23 and may not reflect actual refund amount received.

  • TurboTax Product Support: Customer service and product support hours and options vary by time of year.

  • #1 Best Selling Tax Software: Based on aggregated sales data for all tax year 2022 TurboTax products.

  • Deduct From Your Federal or State Refund (if applicable): A $40 Refund Processing Service fee may apply to this payment method. Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • Data Import: Imports financial data from participating companies; Requires Intuit Account. Quicken and QuickBooks import not available with TurboTax installed on a Mac. Imports from Quicken (2021 and higher) and QuickBooks Desktop (2021 and higher); both Windows only. Quicken import not available for TurboTax Desktop Business. Quicken products provided by Quicken Inc., Quicken import subject to change.

  • Audit Defense: Audit Defense is a third-party add-on service provided, for a fee, by TaxResources, Inc., dba Tax Audit. See Membership Agreements at https://turbotax.intuit.com/corp/softwarelicense/ for service terms and conditions.

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