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falconson3
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Why am I being charged $130 to file? It says that I owe $90 for my Federal return. I thought it was free? And then it says that I will be charged another $40 to pay for it out of my return. Why is tha

 
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DoninGA
Level 15

Why am I being charged $130 to file? It says that I owe $90 for my Federal return. I thought it was free? And then it says that I will be charged another $40 to pay for it out of my return. Why is tha

You either started with or upgraded to the Live Deluxe online edition from the Free online edition for a federal tax return - $90

State tax return when using the Live Deluxe edition or higher - $50

Option to pay the TurboTax account fees with the federal tax refund - service charge $40

 

See this TurboTax support FAQ for checking your fees - https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/charges-and-fees/help/how-do-i-review-my-fees-in-turbotax-online/0...

See this TurboTax support FAQ for removing fees - https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/charges-and-fees/help/what-can-i-do-to-reduce-my-fees/01/26051

 

The TurboTax Free online edition is for very simple tax returns that do not require any other form or schedule other than the Form 1040.  If your tax data requires entry on any other form or schedule then you must upgrade to the Deluxe edition or higher.

 

If you have not paid for the online edition you are using, have not filed your tax return or registered the Free edition, then you can clear your return and start over with a lower priced edition. Click on Tax Tools on the left side of the program screen while working on the 2019 online tax return. Click on Clear & Start Over.

 

OR - 

 

You can use the TurboTax Free File Program available in mid-January 2021

IRS Free File Program - https://apps.irs.gov/app/freeFile/
If you are eligible you can use the IRS Free File Program delivered by TurboTax which is free to file both a federal and state tax return. The IRS Free File Program delivered by TurboTax edition is a full featured personal tax program and on a separate website from the TurboTax online editions.

To qualify for free 2020 federal and state tax returns with the IRS Free File Program delivered by TurboTax, you'll need to meet at least one of these requirements:

 

  • A maximum 2020 adjusted gross income (AGI) of $39,000; or
  • You qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); or
  • You served as active duty military (including Reservists and National Guard) with a maximum 2020 AGI of $72,000 (you'll also need a military-issued W-2).

See this TurboTax support FAQ on the Free File Program - https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/choosing-a-product/help/what-is-the-turbotax-free-file-program/00/...

See this TurboTax support FAQ for the difference between the Free File Program and the Free edition - https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/choosing-a-product/help/what-s-the-difference-between-free-file-pr...
And see this TurboTax support FAQ on how to switch to the TurboTax Free File Program - https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/downgrading/help/how-do-i-switch-to-turbotax-free-file-program/00/...

VolvoGirl
Level 15

Why am I being charged $130 to file? It says that I owe $90 for my Federal return. I thought it was free? And then it says that I will be charged another $40 to pay for it out of my return. Why is tha

You are in Deluxe and have added the Live Expert Help feature.  Plain Deluxe is only $40.

 

First of all you have added LIVE so you need to remove that. There are 2 ways depending on how you got into LIVE.
https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/downgrading/help/how-do-i-remove-turbotax-live/00/27312

 

You can try to clear and start over to go back to the Free Edition. 
https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/using-turbotax/help/how-do-i-clear-and-start-over-in-turbotax-onli...

 

But the Free Edition might not have a form you need.  

OR There is also The Turbo Tax Free File program which is free for federal and state. And has more forms than the Federal Free Edition, like Schedules A, B, C , D, E, F, EIC, H, K-1, SE, etc.

 

NOTE: You will have to log out of your regular Turbo Tax Account and setup a new account with a new username and new password or it will take you back to regular Turbo Tax.

 

To qualify for the Free File website you just need to meet one of these 3 things

AGI $39,000 or less

Active duty military with AGI of $72,000 or less

OR qualify for EIC (earned income credit.)

 

In order to use the Free File program, you have to start it at a special website. Click on the Orange button I Qualify, Let's get Started and set up a NEW account

https://freefile.intuit.com/

 

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