You Can Still File Your Taxes for Free!

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Updated 3/16 – TurboTax Absolute Zero is no longer available, but you can still file your federal and state return for free with TurboTax Free Edition. Get started today!

If you have a simple return, you can take advantage of free federal and state filing with TurboTax Free Edition.

Generally, you’re considered a “simple filer” if you file Form 1040EZ or 1040A. To put this in perspective, there are about 60 million Americans who are eligible to file Forms 1040EZ or 1040A but may be paying too much by taking their taxes to someone when they can file for absolutely free with TurboTax Free Edition.

In general, you’re a simple filer if you:

  • Made less than $100,000 in income
  • Don’t itemize your deductions
  • Don’t own a home or rental property
  • Didn’t sell investments

You can easily and accurately file your federal 1040A or 1040EZ returns, as well as state returns, with the TurboTax Free Edition and pay nothing – $0 federal, $0 state, $0 to file.

Last year, about 10 million hard-working Americans filed their federal and state taxes for absolutely nothing with TurboTax Free Edition, so why not file and be on your way to your maximum refund, guaranteed?

Comments (17) Leave your comment

    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 –
      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 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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