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How do I get free turbo tax when filing W2G income?

Must I use Deluxe turbo tax if I include W2G income?

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How do I get free turbo tax when filing W2G income?

In Online TurboTax, to enter a form W-2G requires Deluxe or higher.   The regular Free Edition cannot handle a W-2G.  However, if you wait a couple weeks, you may qualify for another free TurboTax product (FREEDOM Edition) that can handle all the forms, including a W-2G.

TurboTax has 2 free products.  The regular Federal Free Edition is for simple 1040A or 1040EZ returns.  It is currently free for both the Federal return and State return under the "Absolute Zero" promotion, which will likely expire sometime late winter, when there will then be a fee for the state return.  As I mentioned above, it cannot handle the W-2G.

TurboTax also has another free product called the FREEDOM Edition (not to be confused with the regular Free Edition).  It has free Federal preparation AND free State preparation. There is no efiling fee.   It will not start up until mid-January.

The Freedom Edition is more fully-featured than the regular Free Edition.  The Freedom Edition can prepare Schedule A, C, D, E, and F that the Free Edition cannot.  It will prepare a Form 1040 or 1040A or 1040EZ.

For Freedom Edition a user needs to meet only ONE of these qualifications  (NOTE: these are the 2016 qualifications and may vary slightly for 2017, which have not yet been announced) :

  •  AGI of $33,000 or less
  •  or active duty military (including Reservists and National Guard) with a military-issued W-2 and a 2016 family AGI of $64,000 or less
  •  or eligible for the Earned Income Credit (EIC).

The FREEDOM Edition is located at the following site, but won't be active until mid-January:

Once Freedom Edition starts up, here's how to switch and start over in Freedom Edition (requires new account at the Freedom website)

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