TurboTax Basic was designed to make doing your simple taxes easy, by guiding you step by step through your federal tax return. TurboTax guarantees its calculations are 100% accurate, or you'll be paid any IRS penalties plus interest. TurboTax also double checks your return to help you get the deductions and credits you deserve.
Everything you need to easily do your simple tax return.
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.
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.
Imports Your Financial Data
Imports information from your financial software (including Quicken, QuickBooks 2007 and higher, 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.
Provides Help When You Need It
Live Tax Answers
Get live answers online from TurboTax experts and other TurboTax users in our Live Community. 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 e-mail, phone, or live chat.
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.
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:
- You file a 1040EZ or other simple tax return
- You own your home but don't have a mortgage
- You rent your home
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.
Why make the switch?
TurboTax is easy and it could save you money.
|Leading Tax |
|Asks you questions and fills in the right tax forms|
|Gets you every deduction and credit you deserve|
|Tips and advice tailored to your unique tax situation|
|Support in case of an audit (fees may apply)|
|Handles tax impact of changes in your life|
|Years of expertise to help answer your questions|
|Up-to-date with all the latest tax laws|
|Federal efile included at no extra charge|
|Prepare and file your taxes anytime, 24/7|
|Do your taxes yourself, without leaving home|
Get Your Refund Faster with Included Federal Efile
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.
Plus, 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.
Here's how it works:
Special guidance for first-time users
TurboTax works like a GPS, walking you step by step through your taxes, with guidance designed especially for people who are new to tax software. We ask you questions in plain English and put your answers on the right tax forms. Then, just e-file or print your tax return. It's that simple.
All the help you need
Answers to your questions are just a click away in the Solve it Center:
- Online chat
Get real-time help from TurboTax expert via online chat. (available 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific)
- Ask the community
Get your tax questions answered by our Live Community of tax experts and TurboTax customers like yourself.
- FAQs and answers
Browse or search our award-winning support website.
- Talk to a person
Free product support from our Customer Care representatives is just a phone call away (Basic and above). Additionally, with our Ask a Tax Expert feature, you can get personalized, one-on-one tax help by phone (fees apply).
Get Your Refund Fast: Efile Your 2010 Taxes with TurboTax
Here's how efile works: Start your return and efile with Turbotax today. We'll submit your return when the IRS starts accepting them on January 14, 2011. The IRS will email you a confirmation within 48 hours.
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100% accurate calculations guaranteed
If you pay an IRS or state penalty or interest because of a TurboTax calculations error, we'll pay you the penalty and interest.
Maximum Refund Guarantee--or Your Money Back
If you get a larger refund or smaller tax due from another tax preparation method, we'll refund the applicable TurboTax federal and/or state purchase price paid. TurboTax Federal Free Edition customers are entitled to payment of $14.95 and a refund of your state purchase price paid.
Claims must be submitted within sixty (60) days of your TurboTax filing date and no later than 6/18/11. E-file, Audit Defense, Professional Review, Ask a Tax Expert, Refund Transfer and technical support fees are excluded. This guarantee cannot be combined with the TurboTax Satisfaction (Easy) Guarantee.
You're never alone with TurboTax; you can get answers with free product support when you need it through chat, online community, and by phone.
Technical support (phone and chat) hours are limited and vary by time of year.
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