i didnt finish filing my return and now it wants me to pay an extra 19.99 to get back in. this is ridiculous
Sound like you started with one of the versions, but you've entered something that required you to upgrade to one of the higher versions.
Not everyone can use Online Free.
Online Deluxe is required to use itemized Deductions
Online Premier is required for any investment income or rental income, capital loss carryovers, cap gains on a 1099-DIV,.
Online SE is required for any cash income as an independent contractor , or self-employed person.