TurboTax PC Desktop Software
2018 - 2019
Download or CD Installation
between TurboTax Online Tax
Preparation and TurboTax
PC Installed Desktop Software from a features and ability
standpoint is minimal, they are virtually the same product.
However, there are advantages to each of them that the other
does not offer, and the differences can be the determining
factor on which one you should choose.
With TurboTax Desktop Software you install the program
on your computer. The advantage that can be had with this
format is that you can work on your income tax return without
being connected to the internet. Some would argue that this
is far more secure, but technically online preparation is
done over a secure connection so the difference in security
is kept to a minimal risk. Fact is, this is rarely a consideration
TurboTax Software Editions
Available For PC Installation
Basic Software Version
- TurboTax Deluxe Software Version
- TurboTax Premier Software Version
- TurboTax Home and Business Version
- TurboTax Business Software Version
TurboTax Desktop Software License Agreement
TurboTax Desktop tax software is installed from a software
CD, or a download when purchased online. There is always
a slight chance that the installation may not work, because
of incompatibilities with other software that may already
be installed on your computer, or with your computers hardware.
While the chance of this happening is very small, troubleshooting
problems with tax software installations can be quite a
challenge due to the fact that everyone's computer system
and installed software varies.
How to Install Your TurboTax
Installing your Turbo Tax Software is easier then you
think. However, TurboTax can NOT be installed on a removable
thumb drive or flash drive, it must be installed on your
hard drive. To install TurboTax Software, follow the procedure
- Close any open browser windows and programs.
- Temporarily disable your antivirus software and
- Install your TurboTax Software
Your TurboTax Software) and save it to your desktop.
Double-click the TurboTax download icon on your desktop.
(CD software) Insert the TurboTax CD into your computer's
CD drive. The installation process should start automatically,
but if it doesn't:
A: Click Start, then click All Programs, click Accessories,
and finally, click Run.
B: Click Browse, navigate to TurboTax CD on CD/DVD/RW
drive (usually Drive D).
C: Double-click the setup.exe file.
D: Click OK to launch the installer.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing
- Re-enable the firewall and virus-detection software
you turned off in Step 2.
you're finished with your federal tax return and ready
to work on your state tax return.
TurboTax will walk you through
State Tax Software download and installation process.
TurboTax Deluxe >
TurboTax Deluxe Tax Software is the most popular and
widely used edition downloaded due to the fact that it fits
the common household taxpayer the best.
TurboTax Deluxe covers
homeowner tax breaks as well as extensive individual and
family tax deduction support.
How to Perform TurboTax
Tax Software Updates:
TurboTax Desktop tax software versions will automatically
checks for updates, or prompt you to check for updates.
It does this fairly often, especially if our government
is still negotiating new tax laws or tax law changes as
a new tax seasons arrives. Updates are necessary due to
the fact that TurboTax develops their annual income tax
software editions to make them available each year before
the IRS has finalized any new income tax codes, or changes
to existing ones. Releasing the tax software early allows
tax filers to get started early in the year on preparing
their income tax return.
While the TurboTax tax software updates in general go
very smoothly, there is a chance that an update may conflict
with some other program that is installed on your computer,
prompting you to contact technical support.
TurboTax Software Technical
PHONE: Turbo Tax (Intuit) technical support phone # 1-888-777-3303
I did not press or say anything and was connected with a
representative almost immediately following the automated
system. I think pushing buttons can take longer.
INTERNET: Connecting with TurboTax Support on the Internet
Trying to Contact or Reach the TurboTax Support Telephone
This is the "How to" contact Turbo Tax:
This is the page to input your personal information.
Click the link below and enter your question. Then, you
will scroll down and be given the option to either Chat
or Call in and talk to someone in the correct department
to help you out.
While TurboTax desktop tax software provides the best
control over your income tax data by keeping all information
stored locally on your personal computer, if you don't use
good antivirus and firewall software and keep it fully updated,
you may run the risk of having your computer - along with
all your tax data and personal information - hacked into.
TurboTax Tax Data Storage
/ Desktop Tax Software
TurboTax Desktop Tax Software saves your information in
a data file until it is deleted. Desktop tax software users
should check the settings in the software to be sure that
your data is backed up automatically and frequently.
Tax preparation work is saved when the software closes.
I would not use your hard drive as the only place tax data
files are backed up to. If the drive fails, you'll loose