TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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What are the minimum system requirements for the CD or download edition of TurboTax?

Below are the system requirements for TurboTax Free, Basic, Standard, Premier, Home & Business, and TurboTax 20 for tax year 2018:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Operating System: Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 with SP1
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or later
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM or more
  • Hard Disk Space: 300 MB free hard drive space (approximately)
    If Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 is not installed already, you'll need additional 4.5 GB of hard drive space
    (Windows 10 already includes the necessary .NET Framework files)
  • Internet Connection: 56 Kbps or faster (broadband connection recommended)
  • Display: 1024x768 minimum resolution; 16-bit or higher colour
  • CD Drive: CD drive required if you are installing from a CD (alternatively, you can download TurboTax from the Internet)
  • Third Party Software: Adobe Reader 10 or later (or compatible PDF reader)
  • Audio: Windows-compatible soundcard and speakers or headphones if you need to access support content in multimedia format
  • Printer: Any printer supported by your version of Windows

If your computer does not meet the minimum requirements, you can consider using the online edition of TurboTax.

Note: You can install TurboTax for tax year 2018 on up to three computers. Also, before you start using TurboTax, you need to activate it over the Internet or telephone.

Tax year 2017

Below are the system requirements for TurboTax Free, Basic, Standard, Premier, Home & Business, and TurboTax 20 for tax year 2017:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Operating System: Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 with SP1
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or later
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM or more
  • Hard Disk Space: 120 MB free hard drive space (approximately)
    If Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 is not installed already, you'll need additional 4.5 GB of hard drive space
    (Windows 10 already includes the necessary .NET Framework files)
  • Internet Connection: 56 Kbps or faster (broadband connection recommended)
  • Display: 1024x768 minimum resolution; 16-bit or higher colour
  • CD Drive: CD drive required if you are installing from a CD (alternatively, you can download TurboTax from the Internet)
  • Third Party Software: Adobe Reader 10 or later (or compatible PDF reader)
  • Audio: Windows-compatible soundcard and speakers or headphones if you need to access support content in multimedia format
  • Printer: Any printer supported by your version of Windows

If your computer does not meet the minimum requirements, you can consider using the online edition of TurboTax.

Note: You can install TurboTax for tax year 2017 on up to three computers. Also, before you start using TurboTax, you need to activate it over the Internet or telephone.

Tax Year 2016

Below are the system requirements for TurboTax Free, Basic, Standard, Premier, Home & Business, and TurboTax 20 for tax year 2016:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Operating System: Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 with SP1
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or later
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM or more
  • Hard Disk Space: 120 MB free hard drive space (approximately)
    If Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 is not installed already, you'll need additional 4.5 GB of hard drive space
    (Windows 10 already includes the necessary .NET Framework files)
  • Internet Connection: 56 Kbps or faster (broadband connection recommended)
  • Display: 1024x768 minimum resolution; 16-bit or higher colour
  • CD Drive: CD drive required if you are installing from a CD (alternatively, you can download TurboTax from the Internet)
  • Third Party Software: Adobe Reader 10 or later (or compatible PDF reader)
  • Audio: Windows-compatible soundcard and speakers or headphones if you need to access support content in multimedia format
  • Printer: Any printer supported by your version of Windows

If your computer does not meet the minimum requirements, you can consider using the online edition of TurboTax.

Note: You can install TurboTax for tax year 2016 on up to three computers. Also, before you start using TurboTax, you need to activate it over the Internet or telephone.

 

 

Tax Year 2015

Below are the system requirements for TurboTax Basic, Standard, Premier, Home & Business, and TurboTax 20 for tax year 2015:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Operating System: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) SP1 or later
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or later
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM or more
  • Hard Disk Space: 120 MB free hard drive space (approximately)
    If Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4 is not installed already, you need additional hard drive space:
    • For 32-bit Windows: 850 MB
    • For 64-bit Windows: 2 GB
  • Internet Connection: 56 Kbps or higher required (Broadband connection recommended)
  • Display: 1024x768 minimum resolution; 16-bit or higher colour
  • CD Drive: Only needed if you like to install from a CD (alternatively, you can download TurboTax from the Internet)
  • Third Party Software: Adobe Reader 8 or later (or compatible PDF reader)
  • Audio: Windows-compatible soundcard and speakers or headphones to play multimedia content
  • Printer: Any printer supported by Windows versions above

Before you can use TurboTax, you will need to activate it over the Internet or telephone.

Tax Year 2014

Below are the system requirements for TurboTax Basic, Standard, Premier, Home & Business, and TurboTax 20 for tax year 2014:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Operating System: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) SP1 or later, Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit) with Service Pack 3
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 8.0 or later
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM or more
  • Hard Disk Space: 120 MB free hard drive space (approximately)
    If Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4 is not installed already, you need additional hard drive space:
    • For 32-bit Windows: 850 MB
    • For 64-bit Windows: 2 GB
  • Internet Connection: 56 Kbps or higher required (Broadband connection recommended)
  • Display: 1024x768 minimum resolution; 16-bit or higher colour
  • CD Drive: Only needed if you like to install from a CD (alternatively, you can download TurboTax from the Internet)
  • Third Party Software: Adobe Reader 8 or later (or compatible PDF reader)
  • Audio: Windows-compatible soundcard and speakers or headphones to play multimedia content
  • Printer: Any printer supported by Windows versions above

Before you can use TurboTax, you will need to activate it over the Internet or telephone.

Related information

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