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I selected a product for tax year 2018 and when the return was done it said 2020, I tried to do it over but it asked for a payment of $79 when it was supposed to be free to file

 
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I selected a product for tax year 2018 and when the return was done it said 2020, I tried to do it over but it asked for a payment of $79 when it was supposed to be free to file

You used the wrong software if you just put 2018 income into the online program.  Online is for 2020 returns--no other year.  Do NOT try to file that incorrect return.    If you did not pay or register yet you can clear it out and use the account for your 2020 return.

 

CLEAR AND START OVER

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2586254-how-do-i-clear-and-start-over

 

It will not be free to use software to prepare a 2018 return.  You are way too late to use free TurboTax software for 2018.

Online preparation and e-filing for 2017, 2018 and 2019 is permanently closed.

To file a return for a prior tax year

If you need to prepare a return for 2017, 2018, or 2019 you can purchase and download desktop software to do it, then print, sign,  and mail the return(s)

https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

You may also want to explore purchasing the software from various retailers such as Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Sam’s, etc.

Remember to prepare your state return as well—if you live in a state that has a state income tax.

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/state received the return.

Federal and state returns must be in separate envelopes and they are mailed to different addresses.  Read the mailing instructions that print with your tax return carefully so you mail them to the right addresses.

 

Note:  The desktop software you need to prepare the prior year return must be installed/downloaded to a full PC or Mac.  It cannot be used on a mobile device.

 

If you are getting a refund, there is not a penalty for filing past the deadline.  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.

 

 

If you want to file a 2018 return for free you can print the paper forms to prepare by hand and mail them in:

 

2018 Form 1040, Schedules and Instructions

 

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040--2018.pdf
 https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/i1040gi--2018.pdf
2018 Tax and EIC Tables https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/i1040tt--2018.pdf

IRS 2018 Schedules 1 thru 6 (only if needed)
Sch 1 : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s1--2018.pdf
Sch 2 : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s2--2018.pdf
Sch 3 : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s3--2018.pdf
Sch 4 : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s4--2018.pdf
Sch 5 : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s5--2018.pdf
Sch 6 : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s6--2018.pdf

 

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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I selected a product for tax year 2018 and when the return was done it said 2020, I tried to do it over but it asked for a payment of $79 when it was supposed to be free to file

I purchased a software for 2019, not 2018.  When I opened it, it had forms for 2018.  I didn't need forms for 2018 but for 2019.  I purchased the software and unable to get the correct information.

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I selected a product for tax year 2018 and when the return was done it said 2020, I tried to do it over but it asked for a payment of $79 when it was supposed to be free to file


@kahikina65 wrote:

I purchased a software for 2019, not 2018.  When I opened it, it had forms for 2018.  I didn't need forms for 2018 but for 2019.  I purchased the software and unable to get the correct information.


Go to this TurboTax website to request a refund for the software purchased from TurboTax - https://support.turbotax.intuit.com/forms/refund-request.jsp
Use this TurboTax website to check your orders and payments -
https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/cd-download/order-status/

 

Go to this TurboTax website to purchase a download for one of the 2019 desktop editions - https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

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