topic Why am I getting charged $44 to file my state taxes when all the commercials say free, free, free in Get your taxes done using TurboTax https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/taxes/discussion/why-am-i-getting-charged-44-to-file-my-state-taxes-when-all-the-commercials-say-free-free-free/01/519775#M212906 Wed, 05 Jun 2019 03:10:18 GMT ksuegrz 2019-06-05T03:10:18Z Why am I getting charged $44 to file my state taxes when all the commercials say free, free, free https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/taxes/discussion/why-am-i-getting-charged-44-to-file-my-state-taxes-when-all-the-commercials-say-free-free-free/01/519775#M212906 Wed, 05 Jun 2019 03:10:18 GMT https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/taxes/discussion/why-am-i-getting-charged-44-to-file-my-state-taxes-when-all-the-commercials-say-free-free-free/01/519775#M212906 ksuegrz 2019-06-05T03:10:18Z Unfortunately, the "Free, free, free" commercial has a ti... https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/taxes/discussion/unfortunately-the-free-free-free-commercial-has-a-ti/01/519782#M212909 <P>Unfortunately, the "Free, free, free" commercial has a tiny footnote in the commercial saying if using "Free Edition."&nbsp;&nbsp; TurboTax does have 2 free products, but you are not in one of them.&nbsp;&nbsp; You appear to be using Deluxe Edition which is 59.99 for a Federal return, and 44.99 for a state return.&nbsp; Also be aware if you choose the option to pay the fees out of the Federal refund, there is an <B>additional</B> 39.99 service fee (44.99 for California filers.)</P><P>I'll tell you about the 2 free products.&nbsp; <BR /></P><P>If you started out in Free Edition (which is free for Federal and State),&nbsp; you may have been forced to upgrade to Deluxe due to a situation in your return that Free Edition cannot handle.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Or perhaps you may have started out in Deluxe by mistake.</P><P>In any case the regular Free Edition is more limited this year due to tax law changes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<B> If you need any of the new Schedules 1-6, for instance, then you can't use Free Edition.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </B>You can read about the new schedules at the link below.&nbsp; If you click the blue "see schedule" link there, it will show you what each schedule looks like.<BR /><BR /></P><P> <A href="https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4511015-what-are-the-new-schedules" target="_blank">https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4511015-what-are-the-new-schedules</A> </P><BR />Here are some common things that cannot be handled by the regular Free Edition:<BR /><BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Itemized deductions<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Business or 1099-MISC income<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sales of stocks/mutual funds/bonds<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rental property income<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Foreign Earned Income<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HSA<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Credits, deductions and income reported on the <B>new schedules 1–6</B>, such as the Student Loan Interest Deduction<BR /><DIV> <BR /> </DIV><DIV>If you are sure you could use the regular Free Edition, you could downgrade from Deluxe to Free Edition, as long as you have not paid or registered.&nbsp; You would use the feature "Clear and start over."&nbsp;&nbsp; Here's how:</DIV><DIV> <A href="https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894467-can-i-downgrade-to-a-lower-priced-version-of-turbotax-online" target="_blank">https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894467-can-i-downgrade-to-a-lower-priced-version-of-turbotax-onli...</A><BR /> </DIV><DIV> <BR /> </DIV><DIV> TurboTax also&nbsp; has another free product called the <B>TurboTax Free File Program.</B>&nbsp; It is free for both Federal and State--IF you meet just <B>one</B> of the qualifications.&nbsp;&nbsp; It can handle all the usual forms without the limitations of regular Free Edition.&nbsp; </DIV><DIV> <BR /> </DIV><DIV>You have to meet only ONE of these qualifications:</DIV><DIV> <BR /> </DIV><DIV> <DIV>1) 2018 AGI of $34,000 or less</DIV> <DIV>or</DIV> <DIV>2) Eligible for EIC (earned income credit)</DIV> <DIV>or</DIV> <DIV>3)&nbsp; Active duty military including Reservists/ National Guard with military W-2 and 2018 AGI of $66,000 or less</DIV> </DIV><DIV> <BR /> </DIV><DIV>See this FAQ for more info:<BR /><A href="https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900583-what-is-turbotax-free-file-program" target="_blank">https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900583-what-is-turbotax-free-file-program</A><BR /><BR />If desired, here's how to switch and start over in TurboTax Free File Program. <BR /><A href="https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2026912-how-do-i-switch-to-turbotax-free-file-program" target="_blank">https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2026912-how-do-i-switch-to-turbotax-free-file-program</A> </DIV><BR /><B>NOTE</B>:&nbsp; If you switch to Free File Program by that method, and find out later you don't qualify,&nbsp; you won't be able to go back to regular Online TurboTax in that same account.&nbsp; So instead of switching that way, if you wish you could start a new account (User ID) at the Free File Program website, which would maintain the option of returning to the other Online TurboTax account, if necessary. 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<P>Unfortunately, the "Free, free, free" commercial has a tiny footnote in the commercial saying if using "Free Edition."&nbsp;&nbsp; TurboTax does have 2 free products, but you are not in one of them.&nbsp;&nbsp; You appear to be using Deluxe Edition which is 59.99 for a Federal return, and 44.99 for a state return.&nbsp; Also be aware if you choose the option to pay the fees out of the Federal refund, there is an <B>additional</B> 39.99 service fee (44.99 for California filers.)</P><P>I'll tell you about the 2 free products.&nbsp; <BR /></P><P>If you started out in Free Edition (which is free for Federal and State),&nbsp; you may have been forced to upgrade to Deluxe due to a situation in your return that Free Edition cannot handle.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Or perhaps you may have started out in Deluxe by mistake.</P><P>In any case the regular Free Edition is more limited this year due to tax law changes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<B> If you need any of the new Schedules 1-6, for instance, then you can't use Free Edition.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </B>You can read about the new schedules at the link below.&nbsp; If you click the blue "see schedule" link there, it will show you what each schedule looks like.<BR /><BR /></P><P> <A href="https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4511015-what-are-the-new-schedules" target="_blank">https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4511015-what-are-the-new-schedules</A> </P><BR />Here are some common things that cannot be handled by the regular Free Edition:<BR /><BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Itemized deductions<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Business or 1099-MISC income<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sales of stocks/mutual funds/bonds<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rental property income<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Foreign Earned Income<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HSA<BR />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Credits, deductions and income reported on the <B>new schedules 1–6</B>, such as the Student Loan Interest Deduction<BR /><DIV> <BR /> </DIV><DIV>If you are sure you could use the regular Free Edition, you could downgrade from Deluxe to Free Edition, as long as you have not paid or registered.&nbsp; You would use the feature "Clear and start over."&nbsp;&nbsp; Here's how:</DIV><DIV> <A href="https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894467-can-i-downgrade-to-a-lower-priced-version-of-turbotax-online" target="_blank">https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1894467-can-i-downgrade-to-a-lower-priced-version-of-turbotax-onli...</A><BR /> </DIV><DIV> <BR /> </DIV><DIV> TurboTax also&nbsp; has another free product called the <B>TurboTax Free File Program.</B>&nbsp; It is free for both Federal and State--IF you meet just <B>one</B> of the qualifications.&nbsp;&nbsp; It can handle all the usual forms without the limitations of regular Free Edition.&nbsp; </DIV><DIV> <BR /> </DIV><DIV>You have to meet only ONE of these qualifications:</DIV><DIV> <BR /> </DIV><DIV> <DIV>1) 2018 AGI of $34,000 or less</DIV> <DIV>or</DIV> <DIV>2) Eligible for EIC (earned income credit)</DIV> <DIV>or</DIV> <DIV>3)&nbsp; Active duty military including Reservists/ National Guard with military W-2 and 2018 AGI of $66,000 or less</DIV> </DIV><DIV> <BR /> </DIV><DIV>See this FAQ for more info:<BR /><A href="https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900583-what-is-turbotax-free-file-program" target="_blank">https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900583-what-is-turbotax-free-file-program</A><BR /><BR />If desired, here's how to switch and start over in TurboTax Free File Program. <BR /><A href="https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2026912-how-do-i-switch-to-turbotax-free-file-program" target="_blank">https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2026912-how-do-i-switch-to-turbotax-free-file-program</A> </DIV><BR /><B>NOTE</B>:&nbsp; If you switch to Free File Program by that method, and find out later you don't qualify,&nbsp; you won't be able to go back to regular Online TurboTax in that same account.&nbsp; So instead of switching that way, if you wish you could start a new account (User ID) at the Free File Program website, which would maintain the option of returning to the other Online TurboTax account, if necessary.
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