Getting Started: How To Prepare Your 2018 - 2019 Tax Return With TurboTax

TurboTax Updates 2018 - 2019

TurboTax can automatically check for updates when you start your TurboTax program (if you have an Internet connection and have set your update preferences to automatically check for updates). If updates are available, you can get them right away or wait until later.

Use these methods to update TurboTax software:

You can ask TurboTax to check for updates. If updates are available, you can get them right away or wait until later. Turbo Tax Updates

In TurboTax for Windows, select Check for Updates from the Online menu.

In TurboTax for Mac, select Check for Updates from the TurboTax menu.

If updating fails when you start TurboTax or when you select Check for Updates, you can manually download and install federal updates.

If you don't have an Internet connection, you can order a free update CD.

Remember, TurboTax software is a intuitive easy to use product line and updates are always a step forward. When you do update you pretty much always find a easier to use program with help and tips on every screen to ensure your tax filing will be a pleasant experience.

How to Update TurboTax: Updates contain the latest tax-year revisions and forms for your TurboTax desktop software. (If you use TurboTax Online, you can stop reading – they take care of the updates for you!)

To use TurboTax software, you'll need an Internet connection so you can download the required TurboTax updates. We strongly recommend a high-speed broadband connection (cable, DSL, etc.) due to the potentially large size of the update files.

How often should I update TurboTax?

You can check for updates at any time by opening TurboTax and then selecting Check for Updates from the Online menu (or the TurboTax menu if you're using the Mac version). This should be done anytime you sit down to work on your tax return.

Use the Automatic Update option to download updates whenever you're connected to the Internet, whether TurboTax is running or not. Automatic updating will not affect your Internet connection speed, and you can install the updates at your convenience.

If you can't update through TurboTax because of errors or a slow connection, try downloading and installing a manual update. Manual updates can even be downloaded from a different computer, saved on a flash drive (or burned to a CD) and then installed on the TurboTax computer.

Why Do I Need to Update TurboTax?

It is important to update TurboTax throughout the December-to-April tax season to incorporate the latest versions of forms, the most recent tax law changes, product improvements, and bug fixes.

Changing your TurboTax Update Settings

You can work on your return without updating your TurboTax software, but before you e-file or print your return for mailing, you'll be asked to update.

How To Update TurboTax for Windows

How To Update TurboTax for Mac

TurboTax can leave you a little disconcerted by the frequent fixes, even as the season is upon us and April 15 approaches. There have now been a dozen updates, some with half a dozen or more fixes. The most recent updates happen every day. Many fixes are functional -- preventing glitches and crashes.

Many updates also affect your calculations. Most of these seem to be minor, but some are not. Every release is beta to a great extent. The government keeps changing the rules. TurboTax is always transparent and forthright about its updates and the need to be diligent when changes are needed.

The late tax season tax law changes truly demonstrate the complexity of the United States taxing system. The tax system is a disruptive and confusing nightmare. That's our politicians at work screwing everything up.