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What's the difference between TurboTax Online and the TurboTax CD/Download?

TurboTax Online and the TurboTax CD/Download products are very similar and both cover most tax situations. The majority of our customers choose TurboTax Online to confidently file their taxes. 

Here are the big differences between the two:

  1. If you file online, we store all of your information on our secure servers. If you use the CD/Download, your return is stored locally on your computer or laptop.
  2. With TurboTax Online, you can work on your taxes from any computer or mobile device with Internet access. With the CD/Download, the software is installed on your computer.
  3. Need to prepare multiple returns for friends and family? The CD/Download product is a better value, as it allows you to e-file up to 5 federal returns (and prepare as many paper returns as you need) at no additional cost.

Please note that there are some tax situations that TurboTax Online does not cover. If you need to file corporate, partnership, and estate/trust returns or 2017 and 2018 amended returns, you'll need to go with a TurboTax CD/Download product.

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