You re posting your question from a paid version which you must have upgraded to by entering something that is not supported by the Free Edition.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY? I WANT THE FREE EDITION
The information that you can enter in Free Edition is pretty limited now. Thanks to the new tax laws that began for 2018 returns, there are no more simple Form 1040EZ or 1040A's. Everything goes on a Form 1040 that has three extra "schedules" with it, and if you need any of those schedules, you are not able to use the Free Edition. Using the standard deduction instead of itemizing does NOT mean you will not need any of those schedules.https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4511011-what-happened-to-the-1040a-and-1040ez If you started in the Free Edition and entered any data that required any of those three schedules, you have to upgrade to a paid version and if you are watching the screens carefully you are alerted to the upgrade.
When you chose to “start” in the Free Edition —
Directly below the words “Free Edition” there is a blue link that says “For simple tax returns only” If you click that link it brings up this information:
You can file with TurboTax Free Edition if you have a simple tax return.*
*A simple tax return is Form 1040 only.
Situations covered in TurboTax Free Edition include:
- W-2 income
- Limited interest and dividend income reported on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV
- Claiming the standard deduction
- Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC)
- Child tax credits
- Student Loan Interest deduction
Situations not covered in TurboTax Free Edition include:
- Itemized deductions
- Unemployment income reported on a 1099-G
- Business or 1099-NEC income
- Stock sales
- Rental property income
- Credits, deductions and income reported on schedules 1-3
Or—-Use this IRS site for other ways to file for free. There are 8 free software versions available from the IRS Free File site
It's not clear what made you think that TurboTax is free. Most versions of TurboTax are not free. Only TurboTax Free Edition is free. The tag below your question indicates that you are using TurboTax Deluxe, which is not free.
If you started in Free Edition, and you are now in Deluxe, then you must have accepted an upgrade. The screen for the upgrade told you how much it would cost before you accepted it.
The other possibility is that you started in Deluxe, and clicked a button that said "Start for free, Pay only when you file." You might have focused on the "Start for free" part, and thought that meant that you would never have to pay.
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