Installing TurboTax 2020 on Two or More Computers

Updated on Monday March 16th, 2020: One of the most popular questions that we get here at Software Voucher is “Can you install TurboTax on more than one computer?”. And the answer is YES!

The TurboTax software license agreement (also known as the EULA) states that you install TurboTax desktop 2020 versions (for the 2019 tax year) on up to three (3) personal and work computers that you own. So if you purchased a physical disk then just pop it into each computer that you want to install it on. If you ordered the download version, then just long into your Intuit account and reinstall the software.

How many tax forms can you file on a single TurboTax license?

The IRS has mandated that each copy of TurboTax desktop software must allow you to be able to e-file up to five federal tax returns and three State returns. However you’ll be able to prepare, print and mail as many returns as you want with a single license. Just keep in mind that the license agreement specifically states that you can not use any of TurboTax’s personal tax preparation software to file tax returns for commercial purposes. The restrictions include the Free, Basic, Deluxe, Premier, and Home & Business versions. If you’re a professional tax filer then TurboTax offers ProSeries or Lacerte tax prep software.

What about the online versions of TurboTax?

This is where things slightly differ (but the policy remains the same). Because the IRS limits one tax return per email address, you can only e-file one federal tax return and up to 5 State returns per login if you are using any of the TurboTax Online editions. However, you can add up to 4 separate users to your TurboTax account, which each must use a different email address and have a different Social Security number, and each will be able to file a separate Federal tax return. However each login can access TurboTax from any internet connected device – Laptop, tablet, smart phones, etc.. Similar to the desktop/download versions of TurboTax, TurboTax Online will also let you prepare, print and mail as many returns as you like.


If you’re having trouble installing your copy of TurboTax on your multiple computers, then let us know the problems that you are experiencing in the comments below. We’ll do our best to help you out!

  1. June 12, 2020


    I am trying to download my TurboTax Home and Business on a new computer since my computer died. I have not downloaded this software on five computers and it will not let me move past the activation screen.

  2. March 27, 2020

    SO O.

    I installed the Turbo Tax Premier on 3 PC.
    I was working on one PC and it is asking for my code again which I entered. Does this mean that I am going over the limit of 3 PC?

  3. February 22, 2020

    Jacobus Jurgens

    I am not getting any results contacting Turbotax regarding getting error 603 when trying to open the Turbotax program (accessing) probably for the 6th time saying I’ve used up my limit of license even though I have installed it on ONLY ONE computer!!

  4. February 11, 2020

    Margaret Huff

    I bought turbo tax premiere with free state software included. I cannot download my free state software..I did all updates. Still I cannot download my PA State. I need this to finish my Taxes.

  5. January 24, 2020

    Patel Dahyabhai

    I installed the TurboTax 2019 on two computers, no problem. But when I was trying to install on third one it tells me the licence is used up, why?

  6. December 10, 2017

    Gus Arellano

    What are the steps for down loading turbotax on my second computer which is a laptop.

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