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reeseteam40
New Member

Changing from IRS Free FIle Program

I began filing my taxes using the IRS Free File Program. After entering all my information, I discovered I was not eligible for the free service. How do I switch to the basic turbo tax without losing all my information?

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Changing from IRS Free FIle Program

Unfortunately you cannot.   The IRS rule is that users cannot upgrade to a paid version from Free File.  If you need to use a paid version, you start over in a different account with a different user ID.

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kuro0430
New Member

Changing from IRS Free FIle Program

That's so BS that Intuit cannot "unhook" my account from the Free File set up! All my previous year's info is on this current account and if I create a new account, I will lose all that info. Intuit should make a button to upgrade to a paid version without making a whole new account. That's ridiculous.

VolvoGirl
Level 15

Changing from IRS Free FIle Program

Check out this one.  User OpFor at the end seems like he found a way to upgrade from Free File website and keep his info

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/taxes/discussion/re-i-don-t-qualify-for-free-file-this-year-as-it-...

 

User OpFor posted this...........

 

Last year one user posted this.  It works for 2020 too.....

I found this message thread because I was searching for an answer on how to do this.  I finally found it and wanted to post it in case others find it too.

 

1.  Go to https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/compare/online/

2.  Click "help me choose"

3.  Select the options that apply to your situation

4.  Click "start for free" of whatever product you want to use when it gives you the suggestions

 

After that, it asked how I did my taxes last year.  I selected Turbo Tax, then it had me sign in.  Once I was signed in, it asked if I was sure I wanted to change to a commercial product and not use the free file program.  I selected yes, clicked ok, and I was back into the normal system and out of the free file system.

mesquitebean
Level 15

Changing from IRS Free FIle Program


@ kuro0430 wrote:

That's so BS that Intuit cannot "unhook" my account from the Free File set up! All my previous year's info is on this current account and if I create a new account, I will lose all that info. Intuit should make a button to upgrade to a paid version without making a whole new account. That's ridiculous.


This is an old thread with outdated information.  It IS now possible to switch from TurboTax IRS Free File Program to a paid edition in the same account without starting over.   Follow my steps exactly:

 

  • First log out of all Intuit accounts. 
  • Delete your browser Internet cache and any Intuit-related cookies. 
    (or instead of doing that, you can try using a private window (aka private browsing/incognito mode.)
  • Close your browser and reopen it (either after Intuit cookies and cache were cleaned as above, or in a private window.)
  • Go to this page:   https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/compare/online/
  • When you arrive there, do NOT sign in yet.
  • Choose the product you want like you hadn't even started a return before, and click on "Start for Free".
  • It will ask how you did your taxes last year.  Say "TurboTax", and then it will ask you to sign in.
  • When you log in, and try to continue it should recognize you were using the IRS Free File Program and should ask you if you want to switch to a TurboTax commercial product and not use the IRS Free File Program anymore.   Say "yes".
  • Hopefully, that will put you back in regular Online TurboTax while keeping your originally-entered info.

 

jrobin7933snowboy
Level 1

Changing from IRS Free FIle Program

This works, following the link above and choose the paid version you want. This will take you through the next steps to switch from a FREE IRS Tax filing to a paid one, noted 04/23/21.

mesquitebean
Level 15

Changing from IRS Free FIle Program


@jrobin7933snowboy wrote:

This works, following the link above and choose the paid version you want. This will take you through the next steps to switch from a FREE IRS Tax filing to a paid one, noted 04/23/21.


Great!  I'm glad my steps worked for you.  Thanks for reporting your success.  Good luck.

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