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About the TurboTax Free Edition and TurboTax Free Trial
You can try TurboTax Online for free and start working on your return without having to pay anything. This is great for consumers because they will be able to try out the software risk free and even complete their entire return online before deciding if they want to purchase the program. However, you will not be able to actually file your completed return unless you upgrade to a paid edition of the software. Prices can vary, but in general, you can expect to pay $49 to $99 for the upgrade. This is still far less than the
cost of hiring a CPA or tax preparation service, which routinely costs $300 or more for standard returns.
In some cases, you will be able to file your return for free using the TurboTax Free Edition. However, this particular edition of TurboTax can only be used for the simplest returns for people with limited income. Unfortunately, most people will not fall into this category.
On average, you should expect to spend about two to three hours working with TurboTax before being able to file your return.
For the most part, TurboTax is very straightforward to use, and as long as you can follow simple instructions, you should have no difficulty utilizing this program. New users, however, should check out the short video below before getting started:
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