TurboTax for MAC

TurboTax for Mac – Installation & Requirements

TurboTax for Mac is a software that assists you in filing for your US tax returns in a simple procedure. It performs all the necessary calculations that are required and supervises your return for any overlooked deductions and errors. If you just have simple tax returns to make, TurboTax makes it quite easy to automatically fill in much of your data although if your needs are more complex, it can be a bit inflexible.

TurboTax for Mac helps you get tax refunds faster

TurboTax for Mac enables you to file your return digitally so that you receive your refund faster or it will print returns on IRS-approved plain paper. TurboTax for Mac also provides you with consultation regarding where you can save money. It links you to the official IRS publications, comprehensive Tax Planners, tax expert video clips, Money Magazine’s Income Tax Handbook and much more.

Keep in my mind though that TurboTax for Mac is not free of cost. The cost of TurboTax depends on the type of return you want to file for. For instance, you will be provided with the option of TurboTax Deluxe Federal; TurboTax State and TurboTax Home and Business Federal; TurboTax Deluxe Federal and State with the monthly fees ranging from $29.99 and upwards.

TurboTax for Mac has upgraded drastically since its initial release in terms of quality but updating its can be quite expensive. Furthermore, since TurboTax requires an update on an annual basis for new rules.

It’s great for simple tax returns

Overall, TurboTax is a useful package for filing taxes on your Mac although if you have State-specific requirements or complex returns, it may not be suitable for you.

How do I install TurboTax for Mac?

Installing TurboTax Mac is a rather simple procedure. In fact, all you need to do is follow this 2-step process:

  • Insert your CD into your Mac’s CD/DVD drive or double-click your TurboTax download’s .dmg file, which will mount a virtual drive on your desktop. The drive should automatically open.
  • Follow the directions in the pop-up window to drag the red TurboTax “checkmark” icon to the Applications folder in the pop-up window.

Note: Don’t drag it outside the pop-up window to your existing Applications folder or anywhere else.

And, you’re done!

To open your program, you will need to double-click TurboTax in the Applications folder. Ensure that you are running the program from the Applications folder, not from the mounted virtual drive or CD.

System Requirements

The following are the minimum system requirements that you must have to operate on TurboTax for Mac:

  • TurboTax for Mac 2015 requires Mac OS X v10.9 or higher (64-bit required)
  • TurboTax for Mac 2014 requires Mac OS X v10.7.5 or higher
  • TurboTax for Mac 2013 and 2012 requires Mac OS X v10.6.8 or higher
  • Processor 
  • 2015, 2014, and 2013: Multi-core Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • 2012: Intel-based processor (64-bit required for Mac OS 10.6.8)
  • Hard Drive Space 
  • 2015: 460 MB
  • 2014, 2013, and 2012: 330 MB plus another 30 MB if installing a TurboTax state tax software product
  • Memory   
  • 2015: 2 GB
  • 2014, 2013, and 2012: 1 GB
  • Internet Connection         
  • 56 Kbps minimum to E-file and download program updates
  • Monitor resolution           
  • 1024×768 minimum required

Note: 2018 version of TurboTax for Mac is no longer supported on macOS 10.11 El Capitan. If you use the 2018 edition of TurboTax for Mac, you may have been able to accidentally install the software to the macOS 10.11 El Capitan.
El Capitan is not a supported operating system for TurboTax 2018 for Mac. You may experience blank screens and crash errors while attempting to use the software.

Solution: To resolve this error message and continue using TurboTax 2018, you will need to perform the following procedure:

  • If your Mac meets Apple system requirements, you can update to macOS 10.14 Mojave through the Apple App Store.
  • If your Mac doesn’t meet Apple requirements to update the operating system, but you have another computer that meets TurboTax minimum system requirements for Mac or Windows, install TurboTax to that computer.
  • Consider using TurboTax Online for your 2018 and future tax prep needs. It has fewer system requirements for your computer or mobile devices and doesn’t require software installation.

We hope that this blog has helped you gain a better understanding of the features of TurboTax for Mac. If you are harboring any further queries regarding this software or would like to gain a better insight of its functionalities, feel free to contact the TurboTax Customer Service number 1-855-377-2733.

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