You Can Still File Your Taxes for Free!

Tax Planning Boy celebrating filing taxes with confetti

The May 17th deadline is around the corner, but it’s not too late to file your taxes for free!

If you have a simple tax return only, you may be able to file your federal and state taxes for free with TurboTax Free Edition.

Over the last six years, Americans filed approximately 70 million tax returns completely free of charge using TurboTax, more than all other tax prep software companies combined. Last tax season, more people filed their taxes with TurboTax and paid absolutely nothing than in any year in company history.

In general, you have a simple tax return if you:

  • File Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR with no schedules
  • Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR + unemployment income only with no schedules
  • Have W-2 income
  • Limited interest and dividend income reported on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV
  • Claim the standard deduction 
  • Claim Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit and unemployment income reported on Form 1099-G
  • Don’t own a home or rental property
  • Didn’t sell investments

You can easily and accurately file your federal Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR, as well as state returns, with the TurboTax Free Edition and pay nothing – $0 federal, $0 state, $0 to file so file now and be on your way to your maximum refund, guaranteed!

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    1. Hello Nance,

      To access your prior year tax returns sign onto the TurboTax website with the user ID you used to create the account – https://myturbotax.intuit.com/
      Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and on the section; Your tax returns & documents click on Show.
      Click on the Year
      Click on Download/print return (PDF)

      If you used the desktop CD/Download editions installed on your computer, the only copy of your tax data file and any PDF’s will be on the computer where the return was created. TurboTax does not store online any returns completed using the desktop editions.

      Thank you

  1. TurboTax claims it’s free,but I got 3/4 of the way to through and had to fill out a form for childcare.free doesn’t cover this form, forcing me to upgrade to deluxe edition for $60 then state isn’t covered costing another $40. How does the free version cover state,but deluxe doesn’t? BAIT& SWITCH!!!!!

    1. Yes, sir. You can file for free if you don’t itemize. The standard deduction for a married couple in 2018 is $24,000.00. But if you itemize, TurboTax charges you for the extra forms, but not until you finish, review and actually send the completed forms on line to the IRas. Turbo tax also Carrie’s over all info from one year to the next. I have been using Turbo Tax for 20 years, now and it’s very user friendly. But you can file on line with the IRS for free through their tax forms website 8f you don’t itemize. You just don’t get the benefit Turbo Tax gives through asking you step by step instructions as you file. Turbo Tax also makes you aware of everything you could possibly need to file before it does a Federal (and State, if you choose). It then does a review, shows you anything needing correction before sending, then you only pay after your return is filed. They also send you emails to let you know once your returns have been accepted. Hope this answers your question. Have a great day.

    1. Im doing mine. It won’t let me file for free because I have a Health Savings account. To start it wants 52 dollars. If I pay it will it hold all my work and data hostage again?
      Mike Singleton

  2. TurboTax is not free! I went through all the steps for my 2018 taxes and at the end I could not actually file until I paid $39.99. I was appalled! I started my taxes with the free version. Last year they got me because I had to pay. They’re running these ads saying that you can file for free which is not true. I canceled my tax return with them and file with Credit Karma absolutely free! I found two days ago with Credit Karma and my money is on the way. So don’t believe TurboTax is free because it is not

  3. I couldn’t get to the next step without being charged.. after I typed in my health care info?? Used free turbo tax for the past couple yrs but will not next yr..guessing I wore out my welcome

  4. I have filed my simple return using Turbo Tax for 4 years, suddenly this year because I made a contribution to my IRA of $1000 I was told I had to use deluxe for $40. Very misleading and fraudulent advertising.

  5. NO it is NOT free. It used to be but now they suddenly have processing fees and programs that you get sucked into.

    This would have been my 7th year using turbo tax but I am never using again. Used to recommend, I do not anymore.

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