TurboTax is Open and Accepting Tax Returns Now!

TurboTax News TurboTax is Open and Accepting Tax Returns Now!

Even though the IRS has not yet begun accepting e-filed tax returns, you can still get started now and be first in line for your tax refund. TurboTax and TurboTax Live assisted tax preparation with live CPAs and Enrolled Agents are open and ready for taxpayers to prepare their returns.

Filers can prepare their tax returns now and TurboTax will securely store completed returns for transmission to the IRS and States once they begin accepting E-File. The average direct deposit tax refund last tax season was just over $3,000 so there is no reason to wait!

If you need some extra motivation, here are 10 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 for tax-deductible expenses in one place so you don’t forget anything come filing time. TurboTax asks simple questions specific to you, but having your documents ready to go will save you time.

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.  Go Online and File

When you go online with TurboTax it’s easy to file your taxes. You don’t need to know anything about tax laws and tax forms. TurboTax asks simple questions about your life like, “Did you get married?” or “Did you have a baby?” and personalizes the program to you so you only see questions relevant for your tax filing situation. You can also take advantage of TurboTax new product enhancements to help you get your taxes done with confidence.

3.  Do Your Taxes for Free

More than 60 million taxpayers have a simple tax return, but they are paying too much to get their taxes done by taking them to someone when they can do them for free. With TurboTax Free Edition, taxpayers with a simple tax return, that file W-2 income, claim the standard deduction, Earned Income Tax Credit, or the Child Tax Credit can feel confident that they’re getting the most money possible in their pocket and that filing their taxes will be completely free.

Returning customers can easily transfer their prior year information for free and new customers can effortlessly import a PDF of last year’s tax return and information for free, giving new and returning customers up to a 50% head start while eliminating data entry. Free data transfer gives new and returning customers an effortless, worry-free start to their taxes.

4.  File Anywhere, Anytime

With TurboTax, you have the luxury of filing your taxes seamlessly across devices, anytime and anywhere you want. You can conveniently jump-start your taxes by snapping a photo of your W-2 with your phone or tablet, and watch as your information is securely put into the correct tax forms eliminating data entry. You can start on your phone, take a break, and finish your taxes on your computer.

And with the new TurboTax Live, you can connect live via one-way video from your computer or mobile device to a CPA or Enrolled Agent so you can get answers to your tax questions and even have the tax expert review, sign, and file your tax return without leaving the house.

5.  E-file with Direct Deposit

When you go online and file with TurboTax you can e-file with direct deposit. 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. When you file your taxes with TurboTax today, TurboTax will securely hold your completed taxes and securely transmit them to the IRS and states when they open for e-file so you can be one of the first in line for your tax refund.

6.  Import your Financial Information

Payroll providers and financial institutions are required to issue your tax forms like W-2s and 1099s by January 31, but you don’t need to wait for those forms to start your taxes. TurboTax can securely import tax information directly from millions of employers and financial institutions, eliminating data entry and increasing accuracy for effortless tax preparation. With W-2 import over 150 million W-2s are supported.

7.  Remember 2018

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.

8.  Double-Check Social Security Numbers

Make sure you have your correct social security numbers before sitting down to file your taxes.  You need to include correct social security numbers for you, your spouse, and dependents in order to get valuable tax credits and deductions like the Child Tax Credit, which is worth up to $2,000 per qualifying child.

9.  Don’t Wait to File

Last year close to 75% of taxpayers received a tax refund and the average direct deposit tax refund was just over $3,000, so there is no reason to wait to file your taxes.

10.  TurboTax is Here So You are Never Alone

TurboTax will ask you simple questions about you and give you the tax deductions and credits you are eligible for based on your answers. You can also connect live, via one-way video to a TurboTax Live CPA or Enrolled Agent to ask your tax questions and have them review, sign, and file for you. Our TurboTax Live CPAs and Enrolled Agents have an average of 15 years experience and are up-to-date on the new tax laws and available to answer your questions throughout your tax preparation process. TurboTax Live CPAs and Enrolled Agents are available in English and Spanish.

Comments (17) Leave your comment

  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.

    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.

    1. 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

    1. 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:

      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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