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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

 
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

For anyone else who finds this thread.   You don’t have to pay all those fees.
Deluxe is 39.99
State is also a separate 39.99
If you select to have the fees deducted from your refund there is an EXTRA 39.99 Refund Processing Service charge (44.99 for California)  which you can avoid by paying with a credit card .

So you could have 2 charges of 39.99 for 79.98
Or you could have 3 charges of 39.99 for 119.97 (124.99 Calif)

How to see your fees
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2565973-how-do-i-review-my-fees-in-turbotax-online

For help with fees
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901213-what-can-i-do-to-reduce-my-fees

OR There is also The Turbo Tax Free File program which is free for federal and state.  And has more forms than the Federal Free Edition, like Schedules A, B, C , D, E, F, EIC, H, K-1, SE,  etc.

To qualify for the Tax Freedom website  you just need to meet one of these 3 things
AGI $34,000 or less
Active duty military with AGI of $66,000 or less
OR qualify for EIC (earned income credit.)

In order to use the Free File program, you have to start it at a special website.  Click on the bottom Orange button I Qualify Start Now and set up a NEW account
http://turbotax.intuit.com/taxfreedom/

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Level 15

Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

For anyone else who finds this thread.   You don’t have to pay all those fees.
Deluxe is 39.99
State is also a separate 39.99
If you select to have the fees deducted from your refund there is an EXTRA 39.99 Refund Processing Service charge (44.99 for California)  which you can avoid by paying with a credit card .

So you could have 2 charges of 39.99 for 79.98
Or you could have 3 charges of 39.99 for 119.97 (124.99 Calif)

How to see your fees
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2565973-how-do-i-review-my-fees-in-turbotax-online

For help with fees
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901213-what-can-i-do-to-reduce-my-fees

OR There is also The Turbo Tax Free File program which is free for federal and state.  And has more forms than the Federal Free Edition, like Schedules A, B, C , D, E, F, EIC, H, K-1, SE,  etc.

To qualify for the Tax Freedom website  you just need to meet one of these 3 things
AGI $34,000 or less
Active duty military with AGI of $66,000 or less
OR qualify for EIC (earned income credit.)

In order to use the Free File program, you have to start it at a special website.  Click on the bottom Orange button I Qualify Start Now and set up a NEW account
http://turbotax.intuit.com/taxfreedom/

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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

I started  the process with the tax freedom and doing it that way, my return would be $160 less.  Why would it be less if all the info is still the same?
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

@rrussell1213 - Some information must not be the same. The calculations in the Free File Edition (formerly called Tax Freedom Edition) and Free Edition are the same. You must have entered something differently, or answered a question differently. Possibly there was something that would have required an upgrade in Free Edition, so you didn't enter it there, but you did enter it in the Free File Edition.
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

Oh so what used to be free last year now cost me just under $200 because I have two state returns all for 1 federal form? Thanks for telling me after hours of work Turbotax, I'll be filing with someone else
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

I agree wholeheartedly ethomps4nwu. Is Turbo tax now misleading people?!!!!
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

Similar situation here.  Since schedule 5 is not supported by Turbotax, I found out at the last minute that I would be required to upgrade to Deluxe (no opt out) which has recently been upped to $59 (captive audience I suppose) plus additional for state.  I have used Turbotax for about 10 years now.  Mostly at cost due to self employment forms and I was so excited to get to file for free online finally.  Yeah not so much!  Anyway, just finished filing at Credit Karma. Got the same calculations and schedule 5 form included easy-peasy so not sure why the hangup here.  Anyway jumping ship myself!
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

Schedule 5 and all the schedules are in Turbo Tax.  Just not in the Free Edition.  But they are in the Free File website I posted above.  The Free Edition and Free File website are 2 different things.  
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

There is the free file edition yes, BUT if you don't fall under the requirements, you can't use it. That AGI is pretty low and not everyone is military or qualifies for the EIC.

Because the IRS changed the 1040 form (in an effort to make it more simple, hahaha) there now appears these new schedules. I also ran into a problem with having to file an addl schedule, all just to write in the no healthcare tax penalty. So that my otherwise VERY simple tax returns would have costed me $104 to file on turbotax. Where's the sense in that? I found better service elsewhere.
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

This is not right, period. The numbers are off.
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

Because the IRS has made major changes to Form 1040 for 2018, TurboTax has had to change what tax situations are included in Free Edition. Some of the things that used to be included are no longer included.

The IRS has simplified Form 1040 by moving many of the entries that used to be on Form 1040 to a set of six separate schedules. There are no short forms 1040A or 1040EZ for 2018. All 2018 tax returns will be filed on Form 1040. TurboTax Free Edition for 2018 will only prepare simple tax returns that can be completed with Form 1040 itself. Anything that requires one of the six new schedules requires an upgrade.

Credits reduce your total tax. A nonrefundable credit is a credit that could, if it were large enough, reduce your tax to zero. But your total nonrefundable credits cannot be more than your total tax. They cannot give you a refund that is more than the amount of tax you paid during the year in withholding and estimated tax.

The only nonrefundable credits that can be claimed on Form 1040 without Schedule 3 are the child tax credit and the credit for other dependents.

All the other nonrefundable credits that were on Form 1040 in previous years have been moved to Schedule 3. These include the following. If you claim any of these credits, you have to upgrade.

  • Foreign tax credit
  • Child and dependent care credit
  • The nonrefundable portion of the American Opportunity Credit
  • Lifetime Learning Credit
  • Retirement savings contributions credit ("Saver's Credit")
  • Residential energy credit
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

Turbo Tax charges $39.99 for both State and Federal Tax returns and an additional $39.99 for paying via the refund itself... so that's $120 hit they don't disclose until you've filled out all forms and are ready to send.  
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

Thank you for clarifying this! This was driving me crazy! I wasn't sure why I wasn't able to file for free like all the years prior. Looking for a different service now.
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

 Ended up going with HR Block
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Having to upgrade to deluxe because of schedule 3 nonrefundable credits? Not sure what that means. Can someone explain please?

Thank you!! I ended up going with credit karma tax, same as turbo tax!