How to Download and Install TurboTax Online?

Purchasing TurboTax from Intuit is one of the easiest and quickest ways to complete your taxes while greatly increasing the likelihood of completely your tax return accurately. The software walks you through each step, ensuring you did not miss anything and receive all applicable deductions. The software is easy to use, and anyone in the United States can use it to complete to there taxes.

Read our guide below if you recently purchased TurboTax and would like to learn how to download and install TurboTax without a CD-ROM drive by following the instructions below for the website

How to Install TurboTax Using the InstallTurboTax site

Downloading TurboTax from the InstallTurboTax website is an extremely simple process. Each year Intuit releases a new version of the software based on the laws for the new tax year just after the new year begins. The first requirement for downloading TurboTax is to purchase a license for the new year.

Buying a TurboTax License or Software Pack

In order to purchase TurboTax will need to create and account on the Intuit site or log in to your existing account. You can a digital copy that comes with a software license or you can purchase it from from a licensed retailer such as Amazon. If you make via a reseller, be careful to verify that the program is a legitimate copy with a real license code and not a pirated version. If it is a fake version you run the risk of breaking the law or simply wasting your money. 

When purchasing TurboTax you can choose between the following editions with each one successively going up in functionality and price.

  • Home & Business
  • Business
  • Premier
  • Deluxe
  • Basic

First Steps for Installation

Before you begin the download, make sure you close all other programs and verify that you have a stable internet connection. 

Proceed to the sign in page. If you purchased the software from Intuit, sign in with the same account information. If you bought it from a retailer, sign in with your current Intuit account or create a new account.

Starting Your TurboTax Software Download

On the screen after logging in, you will see a box labeled “Let’s get your download started”. In that box, enter your license code, a sixteen-digit code divided into four sets of four characters. Keep the code because you will need it again during the installation. If you purchased a physical TurboTax package from a retailer this code will be included inside the box. 

Choose the operating system currently running on the computer you are using, then click “Get Download”. You will see instructions to complete the download. Save the file in a location that will be easy to find again, such as Downloads or Desktop. The default for Windows operating systems is the downloads folder.

If your operating system is not listed, it may be time to upgrade your computer’s operating system. TurboTax does not support older versions of Windows and Mac after a few years.

Installing TurboTax

Once you’ve downloaded TurboTax you will need to navigate to wherever downloads are save onto your computer. Locate the TurboTax .exe file an double-click on it to begin the installation process. The Windows Installer will popup on your screen and will guide you through the remainder of the TurboTax installation process which will only take a few minutes.

How to Install TurboTax on a Mac without a CD-ROM Drive?

If you are searching for a way to install TurboTax on a mac without a cd drive all you have to do is go to to get started.

How to Install TurboTax on an Android Device?

Do you want to install TurboTax on an Android? You can either go to or visit the Google play store. If you opt for the second method, follow these steps:

  • Open the Google play store app on the Android.
  • Type TurboTax in the search bar and click to search.
  • Click the install option next to the TurboTax app.
  • Wait for the app to download.
  • Create an account or use your login credentials.
  • Complete the steps to file your taxes.

How to Install TurboTax on a Windows 10 PC Without a CD-ROM Drive?

  • Make sure all running applications are closed before beginning the TurboTax download.
  • Disable the firewall application if you have one on your computer.
  • Visit using a reliable browser and internet connection.
  • Create an Intuit account, if necessary, and sign in.
  • Select the TurboTax version you want to download.
  • Click download to start the installation process and follow the prompts under finished.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you do not see the “Let’s get your download started” box, click “Downloads” and select your product from the list. After you download TurboTax, close your browser.

What if TurboTax won’t install on Windows 10? If you have trouble downloading the file, make sure your browser allows cookies and pop-up windows. You may need to turn off your firewall or VPN temporarily. If you have recently uninstalled McAfee software on your PC, you might need to remove the leftover files to complete installation.

You might need to pause or turn off your antivirus. While most antivirus programs will not cause a problem, some do. Remember to reactivate it after the installation finishes.

Where Can I Get Help Completing My Taxes Once I’ve Downloaded and Installed TurboTax?

Added: If you’ve completed the installation process and need help completing your taxes you should consider using the TurboTax Screen Sharing support service at This isn’t a full tax completion service but rather it allows individuals to get help if they’re struggling with individuals steps when trying to complete their taxes. It is actually very similar to Glance Intuit but instead of providing support for QuickBooks user it offers support for TurboTax users.


Purchasing, downloading and installing TurboTax is quick and easy regardless of whether your buy it directly from Intuit or an authorized reseller such as Amazon. If you purchase from a 3rd part just be leerily of extremely cheap prices and double check that they are an authorized reselle to ensure that you are getting a legitimate copy of the software and not a pirated copy that is illegal and probably won’t work correctly as it is.

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