Does the Hard Work for You
Asks Easy Questions, Tailored to You
Guides you step by step through your tax return, then puts your answers on the right tax forms for you, including 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040. Skips interview questions that don’t apply to you, so you can finish your return faster.
Automatically Fills in W-2 and 1099 Info
Gets your W-2 and 1099 data directly from over 100,000 participating employers and financial institutions and automatically puts it in the right tax forms. A brief summary lets you review and edit downloaded information if necessary.
Transfers Last Year’s Tax Info
No retyping necessary. Fills in information from your previous year’s return to save time and increase accuracy. Shows you what you’re importing and where it goes in your return. You can also import from other tax software including TaxACT and H&R Block’s TaxCut.
*New* Imports a PDF of Last Year's Tax Return
Easily imports prior year tax data/documents from TurboTax, other tax software brands3 and tax stores.4
Imports Your Financial Data
Imports information from your financial software (including Quicken®, QuickBooks® 2007 and higher3, and Microsoft® Money) so you can skip the cut and paste this year.
Makes it Easy to Hold Your Place
Flag areas in your tax return so you can get back to them easily.
Feel Confident Your Taxes Now Free! Only TurboTax software offers one-on-one expert tax advice free for everyone, live by phone and chat.
Provides Help When You Need It
Live Tax Answers
Now Available! Get FREE one-on-one expert tax advice, live by phone or chat. Plus, you'll have instant access to answers to commonly asked tax questions on every screen.
Straightforward Guidance & Advice
Find help on any tax topic from anywhere within TurboTax. Get plain-English explanations of specific tax areas and helpful examples when you need them.
Life Events Expert
Explains how changes in your life, such as purchasing a home, changing jobs or becoming a parent, will affect your taxes so you can prepare your return with confidence.
Not sure how to answer a tax question? We’ll guide you to the right answer, making your taxes even easier.
FREE Technical Support
Got a software question? No problem! Get answers from a TurboTax expert via phone or live chat.
Why TurboTax Basic is the easiest choice for you …
TurboTax Basic was designed to make doing your simple taxes easy, by guiding you step by step through your federal tax return. Choose TurboTax Basic if any of the following apply to you:
If you have a mortgage, childcare expenses, or made charitable donations, TurboTax Deluxe will help you maximize your deductions for the biggest tax refund.
If you own investments or rental property, choose TurboTax Premier. It has everything in Deluxe PLUS will provide extra guidance so you get the most from your investments.
If you are a sole proprietor, consultant, 1099 contractor, or single-owner LLC, TurboTax Home & Business has everything in Premier and will help you make the most of your business and personal tax deductions.
Spots Errors and Shows How to Fix Them
Smart Check™ Scans for Mistakes
Smart Check double-checks your return for errors, so you can be confident your taxes are done right.
Guaranteed Accurate Calculations
If you should get hit with an IRS or state penalty or interest due to a TurboTax calculation error, we’ll pay you the penalty and interest.
Keeps You Up-to-Date with the Latest Tax Forms
With a single click you can check for updates each time you start to ensure your return includes the latest IRS and state tax forms. No more disruptions while you work on your return.
TurboTax guides you through your taxes like a GPS,
with extra help for first time users.
Get Your Refund Faster with Included Federal File
Shows Your Tax Refund in Real Time
Watch your refund add up as you complete your return. Our Dual Refund Monitor constantly displays and updates both your federal and state refunds (or taxes due) as you complete your federal return.
Federal Efile Included
Get your refund in as few as 8 days with efile and direct deposit. Free federal efile is included with TurboTax at no extra charge. If you’re a returning user, we’ll automatically transfer your efile information from your previous year’s
return to save you even more time.
New Options to Get Your Refund Fast
Direct deposit your tax refund on a TurboTax Refund Card, a reloadable Visa prepaid card that can be used everywhere Visa debit is accepted. Or put your refund on a prepaid card you already have.
Start your return and efile with Turbotax today.
Intuit will submit your return when the IRS starts
accepting them on January 14, 2012. The IRS
will email you a confirmation within 48 hours.
Plus, TurboTax Basic Includes These Helpful Features to Make Doing Your Taxes Even Easier
Search Topics or Forms
Looking for a specific form? Just type in the name of the form and TurboTax will take you to it.
Compares Sales Tax vs. State Income Tax Deduction Savings
Shows you which tax deduction will get you the biggest savings: sales tax paid or state and local income tax paid.
Takes the Confusion Out of Vehicle Registration Deductions
Tells you if you can deduct vehicle registration costs and how to take the deduction.
Summarizes Your Tax Situation
Compares this year’s return to last year’s return and shows you how your numbers compare with the U.S. average, so you can rest assured your taxes are accurate.
Explains AMT and How to Avoid It
Gain a better understanding of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and how it affects your bottom line. Learn why you may be subject to AMT and how you can avoid it in the future.
Helps with Education Credits and Deductions
Tells you who qualifies for education credits, which expenses are deductible and how to save the most money.
Handles Social Security and Other Types of Income
Provides extra help for entering Social Security income, Disability income, Supplemental Security income, and dependent’s Social Security income.
Simplifies Estimated Tax Payments
Explains how estimated taxes work and tells you if you need to make estimated quarterly payments.
Not sure Basic Edition will cover your unique situation? Start anytime and we will prompt you if another TurboTax program may be better for you. When you upgrade, the info you’ve already entered so far will transfer automatically.
Guides You Step by Step Through Amending Returns, if You Need To
TurboTax makes it easy to amend your return. Need more time? You can submit an application for a filing extension with just a few clicks.
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