Updated January 6th, 2016 – The TurboTax Free Military Offer is back again this year to all of our qualifying military service members! TurboTax is once again offering the Deluxe edition of TurboTax for free for 2016 (for completing your 2015 tax return) for active military families and those in the Reserve or National Guard. That means that as long as you received a Military W-2, you or your spouse were in active military duty sometime is 2015, and were classified as an E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, or E-5 with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $57,000 or less, then you can take advantage of this deal. Not only is the Federal return free, but most State returns are included as well (but this will vary by the State that you live and file your taxes in). For military levels E-6 or higher, then your Federal tax return is discounted $5.00. Best of all, the Deluxe version covers military and civilian income, including combat pay, and you still receive the same maximum refund and accuracy guarantees as you do with the paid versions of TurboTax.
How to get the TurboTax Military Discount?
You can start filing your taxes with the TurboTax Deluxe directly at Intuit.com (Intuit is the parent company of TurboTax). Unlike the regular paid editions that can be ordered in box form where you install the software on your computer, this one is only available online. A Military W-2 is required to verify discount and discount will be applied at the time of filing. You will be required to create a free TurboTax ID (if you do not have one already from previous years) and must be connected to the internet to begin filing your return. The same step-by-step instructions as found in the other versions will guide you through the process.
What if I don’t qualify for the Freedom Edition?
If you don’t meet the requirements to file your 2015 tax return for free with the Freedom Edition, then you still may qualify for the Federal Free edition from TurboTax regardless of your income level. Intuit offers a free edition for those individuals that have very simple tax returns to file and do not extra guidance for things like investment or rental income, business deductions, etc.. This is usually best option for students and those that do not own their homes. Just keep in mind that even though the federal filing is free, a State return may be required depending on where you live and will cost extra (usually between $19.99 and $39.99).
Can I use the Military Discount if I used a different TurboTax version last year?
Yes you can as long as you did not already pay for and efile your 2015 tax returns with a different version of TurboTax. Learn more on how to switch here in the TurboTax help center.