How can I access the free version of turbo tax filing? And can I pay for Deluxe after I'm done through my return?
The TurboTax online editions for tax year 2018 which include the Free edition have permanently closed.
To create, complete and file a 2018 tax return using TurboTax you would need to purchase, download and install on a personal computer one of the 2018 desktop editions from this website - https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/
A 2018 tax return can only be printed and mailed, it cannot be e-filed.
You can get free federal tax forms, schedules and instructions from this IRS website - https://apps.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/priorFormPublication.html
For 2018 or 2019? 2019 wont open until December.
Do you need to file 2018? Sorry, Online is closed now so you can not start a new 2018 return or finish one. Oct 15, 2019 was the last day to efile. 2018 is now the prior year.
How to finish a prior year online return
You can only buy the download for prior years. You have to buy a separate program for each year. They only sell the last 3 years. You need a full Windows or Mac computer to install it on. Buy the download here
You have to print and mail prior year returns. When you mail a tax return, you need to attach any documents showing tax withheld, such as your W-2’s or any 1099’s. Use a mailing service that will track it, such as UPS or certified mail so you will know the IRS received the return. Don’t forget state.
Important! Mail Federal and State in separate envelopes and mail each year in separate envelopes.
If you are getting a refund, there is not a penalty for filing past the deadline. You have 3 years to file for a refund. If you owe taxes, the interest/penalties will be calculated by the IRS based on how much you owe and when they receive your return and payment. The IRS will bill you for this; it will not be calculated by TurboTax.
How to file a prior year
Or If you have a simple return You can fill out the blank forms for free.
Here is the new IRS 2018 Form 1040
And instructions https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040gi.pdf
2018 Tax and EIC Tables https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040tt.pdf
IRS 2018 Schedules 1 thru 6 (only if needed)