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Bikeflyer
Level 1

Is TaxCaster vaporware? Why can I not find access to it?

I keep reading about the great, helpful results obtainable from taxcaster; however, I can not find it anywhere.  Grrrrr.  What is going on?  Why is there no trustworthy way to estimate taxes?
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DoninGA
Level 15

Is TaxCaster vaporware? Why can I not find access to it?

Go to this TurboTax website for TaxCaster - https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/calculators/taxcaster/

tagteam
Level 15

Is TaxCaster vaporware? Why can I not find access to it?

The link below is inoperable or invalid?

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/calculators/taxcaster/

 

It is still for the 2019 tax year, however.

Bikeflyer
Level 1

Is TaxCaster vaporware? Why can I not find access to it?

Oh.  Online only.  I was looking for an estimator that can be downloaded, hopefully keeping my personal information only on my computer.

VolvoGirl
Level 15

Is TaxCaster vaporware? Why can I not find access to it?

If you are using the Desktop Software there is a What-if worksheet. Go to Forms Mode, click Forms in the upper right (left for Mac). Then click Open Forms box in the top of the column on the left. Open the US listing of forms and towards the bottom find the What-if worksheet.  Or you can copy your file with another name and test in the copy.  Go to FILE-SAVE AS.

 

Critter-3
Level 15

Is TaxCaster vaporware? Why can I not find access to it?

This is my mini version of  a tutorial  that should be in the downloaded program: 

 

Always remember to shut off the auto update function once you have filed your returns and do not do any updates unless you have safeguarded the PDF & .taxfiles to a removable storage unit for safekeeping.

 

What is Forms Mode?

Forms Mode lets you view and make changes to your tax forms "behind the scenes."

If you're adventurous, you can even prepare your return in Forms Mode, but we don't recommend it. You may miss obscure credits and deductions you qualify for, and you may forget to report things that will come back and haunt you later.

Forms Mode is exclusively available in the TurboTax CD/Download software. It is not available in TurboTax Online.

                  

Related Information:

                             

If you want to play around with different figures and tax scenarios without affecting your original return you can ….

  • >>>In the TurboTax CD/Download software by creating a test copy
  • 1.  Open your return in TurboTax. 
  • 2.  From the File menu, choose Save As. 
  • 3.  Give the copy a new name to distinguish it from the original (for example, by adding "Test" or "Example" to the file name). 
  • 4. Click  Save. You are now safely working in the test copy and anything you do here will not affect the original. 
  •  https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900642-how-to-make-a-test-copy-of-your-return

           

  • >>  use the WHAT IF tool: 
  • - Click Forms Icon (upper right of screen) or Ctrl 2 (forms view) 
  • - Click on the Open Form Icon 
  • - In the “Type a form name.” area type What-If (with the dash), click on the name of the worksheet - click on Open Form 
  • - You will see the worksheet on the right side of the screen; enter the information right into the form 
  • - To get back to interview mode - click on the Step-by-Step Icon (upper right of screen) or Ctrl 1

 

 

It's always a good idea to make a backup copy of your tax data file, in case your original gets lost or corrupted. Here's how:

  1. From the File menu in the upper-left corner of TurboTax, choose Save As (Windows) or Save (Mac).
  2. Browse to where you want to save your backup.
    • Tip: If you're saving to a portable device, save it to your computer first to prevent data corruption. Then, after completing Step 4, copy or move the backup file to your device.
  3. In the File name field, enter a name that will distinguish it from the original tax file (for example, add "Backup" or "Copy" to the file name)
  4. Click Save and then close TurboTax.
  5. Restart TurboTax and open the backup copy to make sure it's not corrupted. If you get an error, delete the backup and repeat these steps.

If you make changes to your original tax return file, repeat these steps to ensure your original and backup copies are in-synch.

Related Information:                             

 

AND save it as a PDF so you have access to a copy even if you don’t have the program still installed and operational :

AND protect the files :

 

Bikeflyer
Level 1

Is TaxCaster vaporware? Why can I not find access to it?

Thank you.  This has been very helpful.  I'll give it a try.

My efforts at nested if statements in excel to compute tax in a spreadsheet is a work in progress - very slow progress.

DoninGA
Level 15

Is TaxCaster vaporware? Why can I not find access to it?


@Bikeflyer wrote:

Oh.  Online only.  I was looking for an estimator that can be downloaded, hopefully keeping my personal information only on my computer.


It is also available as an App on Goggle Play and at the Apple App Store

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