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How do I activate TurboTax Desktop?

by TurboTax Updated 3 months ago

If you haven’t already, you need to first install TurboTax Desktop before activating it. This article can help you.

After you install TurboTax Desktop, you'll be asked to sign in to your Intuit Account. Here's the screen you’ll see after you install the product.

The activation screen for TurboTax Desktop

If you don't have an Intuit Account, select Create an account to set one up. If you need help creating or signing in to your Intuit Account, here are a few articles to guide you:

You need an Intuit Account to use TurboTax Desktop for a few reasons:

  • You can be confident you’re downloading and activating an official Intuit product.
  • You can more easily install TurboTax Desktop on another computer because we’ll store your license code.
  • Our experts can more quickly help you because they’ll know what product you’re using.

To activate your installed software: 

  1. Sign in to or create your Intuit Account.
    • If there is a blank screen instead of a sign-in option or you are redirected to the sign-in page multiple times, go here if you have a Mac or here if you have Windows.
  2. Enter your license code.
  3. Start using TurboTax.

Yes. You can prepare and print or e-file up to 5 of your own federal and state tax returns with TurboTax Desktop. You’ll still be able to install the software on up to 5 computers owned by you (at home or at work).

When you create an Intuit Account, your TurboTax license code will be saved in your Intuit Account. Your software and tax documents you use to prepare your return will be saved to your computer like in years past.

Intuit does not sell your personal information. Learn more about how we protect your privacy.

No. Your downloaded software will stay on your computer. Check the minimum system requirements (Windows, Mac) to make sure your computer is compatible. Your license code and optional product registration will be stored in your Intuit Account. To sign in or create an Intuit Account, you need ‌an internet connection.

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