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allenjgreen-sbcg
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When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

 
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xmasbaby0
Level 15

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

The 2021 software will be released sometime in late November.  A release date has not yet been announced.

**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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VolvoGirl
Level 15

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

It usually comes out in early November.

xmasbaby0
Level 15

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

The 2021 software will be released sometime in late November.  A release date has not yet been announced.

**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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allenjgreen-sbcg
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When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

Thanks

 

sstritzi101
New Member

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

Historically, it has been available for download or order over Thanksgiving weekend.

Critter-3
Level 15

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

Beware that although the program is released in November it is only a beta version and will not be fully operational until late January at the earliest.  

 

If you need to do some 2021 estimation you should use the 2020 downloaded program ...

 

This is my mini version of  a tutorial  that should be in the downloaded program: 

 

 

What is Forms Mode?

Forms Mode lets you view and make changes to your tax forms "behind the scenes."

If you're adventurous, you can even prepare your return in Forms Mode, but we don't recommend it. You may miss obscure credits and deductions you qualify for, and you may forget to report things that will come back and haunt you later.

Forms Mode is exclusively available in the TurboTax CD/Download software. It is not available in TurboTax Online.

                  

Related Information:

                             

If you want to play around with different figures and tax scenarios without affecting your original return you can ….

  • >>>In the TurboTax CD/Download software by creating a test copy
  • 1.  Open your return in TurboTax. 
  • 2.  From the File menu, choose Save As. 
  • 3.  Give the copy a new name to distinguish it from the original (for example, by adding "Test" or "Example" to the file name). 
  • 4. Click  Save. You are now safely working in the test copy and anything you do here will not affect the original. 
  •  https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900642-how-to-make-a-test-copy-of-your-return

 

  • >>  use the WHAT IF tool: 
  • - Click Forms Icon (upper right of screen) or Ctrl 2 (forms view) 
  • - Click on the Open Form Icon 
  • - In the “Type a form name.” area type What-If (with the dash), click on the name of the worksheet - click on Open Form 
  • - You will see the worksheet on the right side of the screen; enter the information right into the form 
  • - To get back to interview mode - click on the Step-by-Step Icon (upper right of screen) or Ctrl 1

 

 

It's always a good idea to make a backup copy of your tax data file, in case your original gets lost or corrupted. Here's how:

  1. From the File menu in the upper-left corner of TurboTax, choose Save As (Windows) or Save (Mac).
  2. Browse to where you want to save your backup.
    • Tip: If you're saving to a portable device, save it to your computer first to prevent data corruption. Then, after completing Step 4, copy or move the backup file to your device.
  3. In the File name field, enter a name that will distinguish it from the original tax file (for example, add "Backup" or "Copy" to the file name)
  4. Click Save and then close TurboTax.
  5. Restart TurboTax and open the backup copy to make sure it's not corrupted. If you get an error, delete the backup and repeat these steps.

If you make changes to your original tax return file, repeat these steps to ensure your original and backup copies are in-synch.

Related Information:                             

 

AND save it as a PDF so you have access to a copy even if you don’t have the program still installed and operational :

AND protect the files :

 

judy_judyjudy
Level 2

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

Is there a way I can get notified when desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 becomes available?

Critter-3
Level 15

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

The downloaded program is already available.   Online will be available in early December.

 

2021 TURBOTAX

 

CD/DOWNLOAD (This requires a full PC or Mac—-cannot be used on a mobile device)

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/cd-download/

 

You can also purchase the CD/download from various retailers such as Costco, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Staples, Sam’s Club, etc. etc. etc.

 

This link Where can I obtain authentic TurboTax software? has a list of authorized TurboTax resellers.

 

When you use desktop software, there is an additional fee to e-file a state return.  You can avoid that fee if you print, sign and mail the state return.  The state e-file fee is $19.99 and increases in March.

 

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/system-requirements/help/minimum-system-requirements-for-turbotax-...

 

Although the downloaded program becomes available every year sometime in  November with the online following sometime  in December  they are NOT fully operational programs ... they are only beta versions.  The final program and the state programs are never fully operational until late January at the earliest.  

 

http://taxpreparationsoftware.com/

                                    

 

ANY tax software released by any company prior to about January 15 is only released for marketing and market share.  No program is complete and ready to file until the IRS approves their final forms and then individually reviews each program's implementation of the form.  And some tax situations aren't able to be filed until February or March, again mostly due to IRS delays.

RMD20201
Level 2

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

It is Dec. 12, 2021 and the download for Deluxe is still not available. When will it be available?  Thank you in advance.

xmasbaby0
Level 15

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

@RMD20201 The 2021 CD/download has been available for weeks.   Are you an Advantage member---did you order the 2021 software?

 

Access your downloads here

https://shop.turbotax.intuit.com/commerce/account/secure/login.jsp?pagecontext=download

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/tax-topics/help/activating-turbotax-cd-download-software/00/852971

 

 

To find your license code:

 https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/tax-topics/help/i-can-t-find-my-license-code/01/852973

 

 

 

 

Or do you simply need to purchase the software now?

 

 

2021 TURBOTAX

 

CD/DOWNLOAD (This requires a full PC or Mac—-cannot be used on a mobile device)

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/cd-download/

 

You can also purchase the CD/download from various retailers such as Costco, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Staples, Sam’s Club, etc. etc. etc.

 

This link Where can I obtain authentic TurboTax software? has a list of authorized TurboTax resellers.

 

When you use desktop software, there is an additional fee to e-file a state return.  You can avoid that fee if you print, sign and mail the state return.  The state e-file fee is $19.99 and increases in March.

 

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/system-requirements/help/minimum-system-requirements-for-turbotax-...

 

 

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/system-requirements/help/minimum-system-requirements-for-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.**
RMD20201
Level 2

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

I ordered TurboTax Deluxe 2021 Tax Software, Federal and State Tax Return with Federal E-File [PC/Mac Disc] from Amazon. Instead of using the CD, I went to installturbotax.com and it shows that it should have been 'Available on November 3rd' but the 'Windows download' button in turquoise color (like I see for 2020 and 2019) is not available. I did not realize that I do not have a CD reader on my new laptop. 

Thank you.

VolvoGirl
Level 15

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

You have to set it up to download.  It isn't automatically there.  Did you use this FAQ?

 

How to download Turbo Tax instead of using the CD
https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/installing/help/i-bought-the-cd-but-my-computer-doesn-t-have-a-cd-...


There should be a card in the CD case that says how to download it and you will need the 14 or 16 digit code from it to enter.

RMD20201
Level 2

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

Yes, I have followed the steps and I do not get the Download to be available.

xmasbaby0
Level 15

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

Wait----you purchased it from Amazon----you need to check with Amazon.   We gave you information on how to get the download if you purchased it from 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.**
Critter-3
Level 15

When will desktop Turbo Tax for tax year 2021 be available?

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