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TurboTax for Mac won't open when installed

SOLVEDby TurboTaxTurboTax Mac16429Updated February 01, 2022

When opening TurboTax for Mac after installation, you may see the TurboTax checkmark icon bounce a few times before disappearing from the menu bar. This can be accompanied by the error:

TurboTax 2021 can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software.

Here's how to fix it:

  1. In the error message, select Show in Finder.
  2. The Applications folder should open, and your TurboTax 2021 product will be selected. Right click on the TurboTax 2021 product, and select Open.
  3. A similar error message will appear, again saying, TurboTax 2021 can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software. 
  4. This time, select Open and TurboTax will properly install and open.

Make sure you're using the following settings to allow TurboTax to install:

  1. Make sure you have administrator rights and the account you're using is the admin account.
  2. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences Security and Privacy General.
  3. Select the Lock in the bottom left corner to make changes.
  4. Then select App store and identified developers under Allow applications downloaded from (if you're unable to choose it, select the lock icon and enter your admin password).

After opening TurboTax, you can put your computer's security settings back to the way they were.

If you recently upgraded your operating system to OSX 10.12 Sierra or above please follow the below steps.

  1. Make sure you have administrator rights and the account you're using is the admin account.
  2. Navigate to Applications folder.
  3. Right click on TurboTax 20xx icon. (If you aren't using a mouse, hold down your Control Key then select the TurboTax 20xx icon.)
  4. Click Open (If you aren't using a mouse, select Open from the popup screen)

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