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I want to file for free. now you want to charge me over 140.00?? what do I do???

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I want to file for free. now you want to charge me over 140.00?? what do I do???

TurboTax has 2 free products, but it appears you are not in one of them.  By your screen name above it says "Deluxe Edition."   If you are in Deluxe Edition, that is a paid edition.  In Deluxe, the preparation fee is 59.99 for a Federal return and 39.99 for a State return.  And an additional 39.99 service fee if you choose to pay the fees out of the Federal refund (44.99 for California.)

The regular Free Edition is free for a Federal return but has a 29.99 fee to prepare a state return.  The Free Edition is for filers who can use Form 1040A or 1040EZ.   NOTE:  The Absolute Zero promotion for a free state return in Free Edition expired after March 15.  I've left information about the other free product lower down in this post.

Do you need Deluxe because of a situation in your return, such as Form 1040, itemized deductions, HSA, foreign earned income, additional tax/penalty for an early distribution from a retirement plan, etc.?

If you don't need Deluxe and can file a simple return using Form 1040A or 1040EZ, you can downgrade to regular Free Edition if you haven't already paid or registered.  Here's how to downgrade, but as I mentioned above, in regular Free Edition there will be a 29.99 fee for a state return:

In addition to the regular Free Edition, 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.

The Freedom Edition is more fully-featured than the regular Free Edition.  The Freedom Edition can prepare Schedule A, C, D, E, F and enter K-1 that the Free Edition cannot.  It will prepare a Form 1040 return, or 1040A or 1040EZ.

For Freedom Edition a user needs to meet only ONE of these qualifications:

  • AGI of $33,000 or less
  • or active duty military (including Reservists and National Guard) with a military-issued W-2 and a 2017 AGI of $66,000 or less
  • or eligible for the Earned Income Credit (EIC aka EITC).

The FREEDOM Edition is located at the following site:

Here's how to switch and start over in Freedom Edition. It requires a new account (new User ID) at the Freedom website.
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