TurboTax is Open and Accepting Tax Returns Now

TurboTax is Open and Accepting Tax Returns Now!

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It’s that time of the year again – tax time! There is no denying that feeling when you see the size of your tax refund (which was over $3,300 on average last year).

To help you get ready for the tax season, we have some good news — TurboTax is officially open and accepting e-filed returns. That means that you can file now and be first in line for your tax refund. Although the IRS has not yet begun accepting e-filed tax returns, TurboTax will securely hold your completed taxes, transmit them to the IRS, and state when they open for e-file.

If you need some extra motivation, here are 5 quick tips to help you get a jump-start on your tax refund:

1. Gather Your Documents in One Place

Gather your documents, forms, and receipts reporting income and tax-deductible expenses in one place so you don’t forget anything come filing time. If you are self-employed, be on the lookout for Form 1099-NEC that now replaces Form 1099-Misc and reports your income. You will need to have your forms and receipts for deductible expenses in front of you when you file. 

Did you receive the Advanced Child Tax Credit? If so, look out for IRS letter 6419, which will include the amount of Advanced Child Tax Credit you received. You want to have the letter in front of you when you file since you will need to report the amount of Advanced Child Tax Credit you received.  Don’t worry about knowing how to report your Advanced Child Tax Credit, TurboTax will guide you through reporting what you received so you get the Child Tax Credit you’re eligible for.

Pro tip: keep a folder next to where your mail comes in so that when W-2s, 1099s, and other relevant forms start to roll in, you can keep them together in an easily accessible spot. Also, always have a copy of your prior year tax return in case you need to access your prior year adjusted gross income when you file.

2. Remember What You Did Last Year

It’s not hard to remember big things like getting married or having a baby, but our lives are busy and some little expenses can add up to big tax deductions! Don’t forget to have receipts in hand for expenses like charitable donations and medical expenses when you sit down to file your taxes — these additional expenses may help you get a bigger tax refund.

3. Get Your Taxes Done

With TurboTax, it’s easy to get  your taxes done. No matter what your situation or how you want to file, TurboTax has you covered. With TurboTax you can do your taxes yourself, get help from an expert along the way or hand them off from start to finish to a dedicated tax expert.

4. Check Out Your Free Filing Options 

If you have a simple tax return only with no schedules, you may be eligible for free tax filing. With TurboTax, you can choose to do your taxes yourself, get help from an expert along the way, or just hand it off to a dedicated tax expert to do your taxes for you from start to finish – all for $0. No matter how you want to file, you can file a simple tax return for free.

Yep, you read that right! If you have a simple tax return, and qualify, you can file for $0 on your own, with expert help, or when an expert does your taxes for you. Our limited time offer of free TurboTax Live Full Service Basic lasts through March 31, and free TurboTax Live Basic lasts through March 31.

TurboTax Free Edition, TurboTax Live Basic, and TurboTax Live Full Service Basic are designed for tax filers with simple tax returns, filing Form 1040 only. Simple returns covered include W-2 income, limited interest and dividend income, standard deduction, Earned Income Tax Credit, and Child Tax Credit, and Student Loan interest.

5. Don’t Wait to File

Last year, more than 75% of taxpayers received a tax refund, and the average direct deposit tax refund was more than $3,300 , so there is no reason to wait to file your taxes. Additionally, it’s worth noting that e-file with direct deposit is the fastest way to get your federal tax refund — the IRS states that nine out of 10 taxpayers who e-file with direct deposit will receive their federal tax refund within 21 days or less.

Lisa Greene-Lewis

Lisa has over 20 years of experience in tax preparation. Her success is attributed to being able to interpret tax laws and help clients better understand them. She has held positions as a public auditor, controller, and operations manager. Lisa has appeared on the Steve Harvey Show, the Ellen Show, and major news broadcast to break down tax laws and help taxpayers understand what tax laws mean to them. For Lisa, getting timely and accurate information out to taxpayers to help them keep more of their money is paramount. More from Lisa Greene-Lewis

17 responses to “TurboTax is Open and Accepting Tax Returns Now!”

  1. It says on google that you say that e fileing with you is free.Then why did you charge me $300 for fileing? This is not fair. My name is doris hada and im going somewhere else next year.you are not saying what your saying.im supposed to get back about $500 and im only getting $224 while you get $300.is that fair no its not.i work hard for my money not to give half of my hard earned money. Im not very happy with you people at all!!

  2. I use turbo every year. I’m 77 retired and have 2 rentals and will file head of household. The new tax is so confusing, will turbo be able to let me know whether to use standard n still itemize for my rentals. I usually do my taxes the last weekend in march as I need help with do I g them.

    Thanks
    Alice fixmer

  3. Hola. Entre a los E U en junio/18 y necesito ayuda para hacer mis taxes soy residente y gano $400 dólares al mes cuidando un baby no tengo la más mínima idea cómo hacerlo

  4. I ride uber and left to work for over 2 years and pay about 260.00 a month. Can I file that as transportation on my taxes.

    • I get disability and is not taxed but I HAVE a part time job and that’s taxed,,my questions is do I add both income together when I file

  5. My daughter has filed her taxes and I just found out she has been claiming her child born 12/14/2010 since 2013 she has fraudulently claimed and lied on each year filed that she claimed head of household earned income credit and received additional tax credit for the child she did this to gain personal financial gain I am her mother and I have full custody of her child since the child was 3 days old my daughter was in prison when she gave birth the child has resided with me since 12/17/2010 the child has never spent more than 24 hours with her mother since she was born and the mother has been in and out of jail and is currently in jail now she received over 6,000$ in federal taxes and over 500$ in state returns last year she had no permission at anytime from me to do this and has never provided the child with any money’s from any of the money she received by falsely claiming her on her taxes since2013 what can I do to legally stop her and prevent this from ever happening again and would be willing to prosecute her for fraud the irs and state. My name is dawn v Lewis and my daughters name is Lindsay n. Wethington I’m currently going to court to get adoption of the minor child my grandchild the mother has agreed to this and has willing signing all the paperwork. I’ve had full custody of the child since she was born thank you

  6. Hello my name is keonta boyd and i didn’t get any tax returns because i filed expemt. But my job gave me another chance to refill out my form and said that i supposed to get my returns in 2 weeks but ita been 2 months and i still havent got mi taxes

    • Did you solve the tax problems? What fid your employer have to do with tax filing?

      Employer responsibility is to fike w2 esrnings reportby January 30 after close of year.

      Did you track your e file status file?

      It could take up to 3 months to receive a refund:

      If you double file taxes you need call irs to see your file: ask if they received two filings then if irs has two filings you need to void one by getting professional to do a x form.

      While in discussions with IRS find out what delayed your refund?

      Several reasons can delay a refund:

      Divorce
      Court orders
      Student loans
      Innocent spouse relief
      Employer theft of your income tax- fics rephrase failure by employer to send fica in time. Kidding…

      Best luck.

      You can request a live CPA from turbo tax to help before take the initial steps of calling irs if you can have IRS send a letter so you show it ( scan) to the turbo tax professional.

      Hope this help you

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