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Will TurboTax Run on My Computer?


Will TurboTax Run on My Computer?
Question: Will TurboTax Run on My Computer?
TurboTax runs on all newer PCs and Macs. Take a look at the system requirements to find out if TurboTax will run on your computer.

Minimum PC and Mac System Requirements for TurboTax Desktop

While TurboTax runs on the minimum requirements listed below, you will need at least 500 MB RAM and greater than a 28.8 Kbps modem connection to avoid having TurboTax un slow enough to frustrate most people.


  • 450 MHz 32-bit (x86) or faster processor or faster
  • Mac Power PC G3 or higher, Intel-based processor or higher

Operating System:

  • Windows 2000 SP4, XP (32-bit)Home/Media Edition/Pro, Vista (32-bit) Home Basic/Home Premium/Ultimate/Business (administrative rights required on Windows systems)
  • Mac OS X (10.4) or greater

RAM: Minimum 256 MB, Windows or Mac This component really should be higher. Insufficient RAM will make for a frustrating experience.


  • Windows: SVGA color monitors (high color-16 bit), 800 X 600 screen resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • Mac: 1024×768 screen resolution
Internet Connection:
Windows or Mac: 28.8 Kbps modem (this is a ridiculously slow dial-up connection). DSL or cable broadband recommended.

Third Party Software:
TurboTax will give you a link to this software if it is not already installed on your computer.

  • Windows: Microsoft .NET 2.0, Microsoft Windows Installer 3 or higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Adobe Flash Player 7 or higher, Adobe Reader 5 or higher
  • Mac: Adobe Flash Player 7.0 or higher

CD-ROM Drive:
Windows or Mac: 2X CD-ROM drive

Hard Disk Space:

  • Windows:
    • Federal Products: 250 MB for TurboTax, and up to 355 MB for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft .NET 2.0
    • State Products: 15 MB
    • TurboTax Deluxe and above for desktop: 265 MB for TurboTax and up to 355 MB for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft .NET 2.0
  • Mac:
    • Federal Products: 225 MB
    • State Products: 30 MB
    • Federal Plus State Products: 255


  • Windows: any Windows-compatible inkjet or laser printer
  • Mac: any Macintosh-compatible inkjet or laser printer

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