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lamccollough2
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I am taking the standard deduction and do not want to purchase any upgraded package. How do I remove the $120 from my file? I have nothing itemized.

 
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ee-ea
Level 15

I am taking the standard deduction and do not want to purchase any upgraded package. How do I remove the $120 from my file? I have nothing itemized.

mesquitebean
Level 15

I am taking the standard deduction and do not want to purchase any upgraded package. How do I remove the $120 from my file? I have nothing itemized.

Did you think you were using a free product; i.e., did you start out in a free product and had to upgrade?  You appear to be in Self-Employed Edition now.   Did you have self-employed income/expenses, or are you an independent contractor, received a 1099-MISC, etc? 

 

TurboTax has 2 free products, but you are not in one of them.  You appear to be using Online Self-Employed Edition, which is a paid version--$120 for Federal and $50 for state (if applicable), and if you choose to pay the fees out of your Federal refund, there is an additional $40 service fee ($45 for California filers.)   I'll tell you about both free products below.  Read this whole long posting before making any decision.

 

NOTE:  If you haven't already paid, you may be able to change editions.   If you have already paid/filed, then the following will not apply.

 

The regular Free Edition is for very simple returns and not everyone can use it.  Certain forms are not available in Free Edition and require an upgrade to Deluxe or higher, such as one of Schedules 1-3, itemized deductions, education credits, student loan interest, retirement savers credit, etc.   Did you start in Free Edition and had to upgrade?    If you haven't already paid or registered, and if you are sure you don't need Deluxe or higher, you can use the "Clear and Start Over" feature to choose Free Edition, but depending on the complexity of your return you may not be able to use regular Free Edition, especially if you have any self-employment income which regular Free Edition cannot handle.  See this FAQ on some situations where one cannot use Free Edition:

FAQ:  Why do I have to upgrade from Free Edition?
https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/upgrading/help/why-do-i-have-to-upgrade-from-free-edition/00/26379

 

If you have a very simple return, don't need Schedules 1-3, and are sure you don't otherwise need Deluxe or higher, here's how to start over and choose regular Free Edition:

FAQ:  How do I clear and start over in Online TurboTax?

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/using-turbotax/help/how-do-i-clear-and-start-over-in-turbotax-onli...

 

The other free product (TurboTax IRS Free File Program) is fully-featured and can prepare all the usual forms and schedules.  It can handle self-employment income if you qualify.   For example, in addition to Schedules 1-3 it can prepare Schedule C, D, E, F, etc., and enter K-1. But one has to meet one of the qualifications to use.  See below:

 

To qualify for free 2019 federal and state tax returns through the IRS Free File Program delivered by TurboTax, you just need to meet one of these requirements:

      • Your 2019 AGI is $36,000 or less (for Married Filing Jointly returns, combined AGI of both spouses cannot be over that limit),  or
      • You qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); or
      • In 2019, you served as active duty military (including Reservists and National Guard) with a maximum AGI of $69,000, and you have a military-issued W-2.

 

If you qualify for that program and want to use it, see these 2 FAQs:

 

FAQ:  What is the TurboTax IRS Free File Program?
https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/choosing-a-product/help/what-is-the-turbotax-free-file-program/01/...

and

FAQ:  How do I switch to the TurboTax IRS Free File Program?

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/downgrading/help/how-do-i-switch-to-turbotax-free-file-program/00/...

 

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