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How To Use TurboTax Tax Software On A Mac Computer, MacBook Air

TurboTax offers the Apple clan an opportunity to use their tax software on a Mac computer. Taxpayers who want to use a TurboTax products right out of the box, or by downloading it from Intuit can do so with some simple setups.

When taxpayers sit down to choose a tax preparation platform, many find the  ability to prepare and file a tax return online over the internet to be an appealing format, and it is the leading choice by American taxpayers.

However, others tend to prefer the desktop tax software installation products for several reasons, these can include:

  • Concerns about internet security with Macintosh online
  • The ability to work offline without internet access
  • The ability to prepare several tax returns with one purchase
  • Mobility, take it with you wherever you go

If you fall into any of the categories above, rest assured, TurboTax can get you up and running with some simple steps on your Mac computer.

Lets start with the requirements your Mac or MacBook Air will have to meet to sufficiently run one of these TurboTax 2017 - 2018 tax software programs.

Note that the year can be referred to as 2017 or 2018, but the reality is that you are filing your 2017 tax return prior to April 15 2018. Current computer tax software versions for Mac include Basic, Deluxe, Premier, and Home & Business tax preparation editions.

Note that after twenty-sixteen, Mac OS X v10.9 and v10.10 will not be supported with future tax software programs. Hopefully you have already moved on from those old operating systems.

TurboTax For Mac Operating System Requirements Your Computer Must Meet For 2017:

  • Mac OS X v10.9 or higher (64-bit required)
  • Administrator rights are required for the current editions
  • Processor Multi-core Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Hard Drive Space 650 MB
  • RAM 1 GB
  • Internet connection: At minimum, you'll need 56 Kbps to e-file and download program updates.
  • Broadband is highly recommended.
  • Monitor resolution: 1024768 minimum
  • Mac-compatible laser or inkjet printer will be required if you want to print  any tax forms or your tax return.

This year Mac users who are using downloaded software and software purchased on CD must physically be connected to Intuit and a printer to print. This is a security restriction to protect possible wireless theft of your data. This allows Mac customers to use the same secure online service that currently supports TurboTax Online tax preparation procedures.

How To Install TurboTax Software On A Mac

This simple 2-step process will guide you through the installation

  • Insert the TurboTax CD into your Mac's CD/DVD drive or double-click the downloaded TurboTax .dmg file, which will automatically mount and open a virtual drive on your desktop.
  • Follow the directions displayed in the pop-up window to drag the red TurboTax "checkmark" icon to the Applications folder within the pop-up window. Warning! Don't drag it to the Applications folder outside the pop-up window or anywhere else.

That's it, success! To run your TurboTax program, double-click TurboTax in the Applications folder. Ensure that you are always running the tax program from the Applications folder, not the mounted virtual drive or CD.

Your Mac or MacBook Air will operate the software program as intended and you can proceed with your tax preparation whenever desired.


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