what is turbo tax plus?

I wanted to file my state and federal together, I was told that I have to upgrade to Turbo Tax Plus for $39.99, but I STILL Have to pay an additional $29.99 for Federal on TOP of that??
Here is what say you are going to charge:
TurboTax federal - $29.99
TurboTax State - $36.99
TurboTax Plus: - $39.99

Please explain, this seems a bit overpriced!!!!
  • My daughter got caught by this trap and we are likely to consider other tax prep software in the future.  $37 for not using a credit card?   No way does she need "audit defense!"  Really a rip-off.
  • Oh, worse - it's not $37, it's $40 - that's very steep for a student!

You may be in California and chose the refund processing option to have your TT fees paid out of your Federal refund.

California filers who choose that option end up in TurboTax Plus, which bundles the refund processing option with the Audit Defense product for 39.99.

You can remove the 39.99 fee prior to efiling if you don't want those options, by removing the refund processing service option and paying your TT fees upfront using a credit card, a debit card, or a prepaid debit card purchased at stores.

Here's how to remove it prior to efiling:


Once removed, check your fees again.  If Audit Defense is still showing up, and you don't want it, then see this article:

Then check your fees yet again.

  • How do I remove it after I clicked on File?
  • If you've just clicked on the FILE tab, but have NOT actually transmitted your return, you can remove the Audit Defense portion it prior to paying according to one of these article
    If you want to remove all of TurboPlus, you'd likely have to do this:
    and then pay the TT fees upfront.

    If you're trying to remove it after you've paid, or  after you've transmitted your return; i.e, finished efiling, then you'd need to talk to TT Customer Support.  Here's how to reach TT Customer Support by phone or online chat:

    When at the support page below, identify your product, then in the search line enter some keywords or question without quotes. On the next page, skip the suggested topic links if they don't help and scroll down until you see two interfaces ONLINE CHAT or CALL US.  It should show the wait times for each.  When Support is closed, those interfaces will not be active.

    Support hours 5 AM - 9 PM Pacific (8 AM - 12 midnight Eastern), 7 days/week.
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