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Why do I have to purchase a product to use the free version?

My return is very basic, no deductions, w2 and 1099 income from disability. The free version should suit me fine.
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Why do I have to purchase a product to use the free version?

You are too late to start a free online return.  The deadline was October 15.  Online software is closed for new returns.  So now you can either purchase and download the desktop software or print out the tax forms and prepare them by hand.

 

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.

**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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Level 15

Why do I have to purchase a product to use the free version?

Here are the forms so you can download them and prepare your return by hand.

 

 

 

Form 1040

Instructions for Form 1040  (HTML)

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040s1.pdf 

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040s2.

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040s3.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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