TurboTax System Requirements for Your Windows or Mac

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TurboTax can run on many different computer platforms, from PCs to Macs, to mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones and Android phones and tablets. If you install TurboTax on your desktop, laptop or mobile device, check that your system meets the minimum requirements to ensure it will run smoothly. This includes checking the operating system version number for both computers and mobile devices.

The TurboTax minimum system requirements will depend on the year of the tax software you are using and if you're using a Windows or Mac system.

 

Windows: TurboTax Minimum System Requirements

Users on Windows Vista or later must have administrator rights to install and run TurboTax.

Operating System
  • TurboTax 2015 requires Windows 10, Windows 8.0/8.1, Windows 7, or Windows Vista
  • TurboTax 2014 requires Windows 8.0/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP with Service Pack 3+
  • TurboTax 2013 and 2012 requires Windows 8.0/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or 32-bit Windows XP with Service Pack 3+
Processor
  • 2015 and 2014: Intel Pentium 4 or later, or AMD Athlon or later
  • 2013 and 2012: 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or faster
Hard Drive Space
  • 2015 and 2014: 650 MB
  • 2013 and 2012: 500 MB plus another 15 MB if installing a state product
System Memory
  • 1 GB minimum (TurboTax 2012 only require 512 MB but we recommend 1 GB)
Internet Connection
  • Minimum 56 Kbps modem to E-file and download program updates
Monitor Resolution
  • 1024×768 minimum resolution
  • Users of TurboTax 2012 can get by with 800×600 but it is not recommended

Mac: TurboTax Minimum System Requirements

Operating System
  • TurboTax for Mac 2015 requires Mac OS X v10.9 or higher (64-bit required)
  • TurboTax for Mac 2014 requires Mac OS X v10.7.5 or higher
  • TurboTax for Mac 2013 and 2012 requires Mac OS X v10.6.8 or higher
Processor
  • 2015, 2014, and 2013: Multi-core Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • 2012: Intel-based processor (64-bit required for Mac OS 10.6.8)
Hard Drive Space
  • 2015: 460 MB
  • 2014, 2013, and 2012: 330 MB plus another 30 MB if installing a TurboTax state tax software product
Memory
  • 2015: 2 GB
  • 2014, 2013, and 2012: 1 GB
Internet Connection
  • 56 Kbps minimum to E-file and download program updates
Monitor resolution
  • 1024×768 minimum required

For Windows and Mac: An inkjet or laser printer is required if you want to print your tax return or other forms. Adobe Reader 8.0 or higher to view or print your tax forms. TurboTax 2015 requires Adobe Reader 10 or higher.

What if Your Computer Doesn't Meet Spec Requirements?

If your computer or device doesn't meet the TurboTax minimum specifications for the installed version of the software or app, if you can run a web browser, you may be able to use the online version of TurboTax, which does not require an installation of software. It is called TurboTax Online and is the choice of many.

As of November 2018, TurboTax Online requires on a Windows platform Firefox 40.x, Google Chrome 40.x, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Explorer 11.x, or Opera 36.x to run smoothly. On a Mac platform, the online version requires the browser versions Firefox 40.x, Safari 12.x, Google Chrome 40.x, or Opera 36.x.

Kinle Fire requires Silk, and Chromebook requires Google Chrome. iOS devices updated beyond 9.x simply require the newest version of Safari on the device. 

iOS App: iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  • iOS 8.0 or later is required
  • 107 MB of space required to install
  • iPhone 5 or a newer equivalent of performance 

Android App

  • Android 4.1 or later required
  • 44 MB of space required to install
  • iPhone 5 or a newer equivalent of performance