Will TurboTax Run on Your Computer?

TurboTax runs best on systems with these minimum specs

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TurboTax can run on many different computer platforms, from PCs to Macs to even 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.

 

Take a look at the system requirements below to find out if TurboTax will run on your computer or mobile device.

Computer Doesn't Meet Specs? Try TurboTax Online

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.

Windows: TurboTax Minimum System Requirements

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

  • 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

Note: The Microsoft .NET 4 client is required to run TurboTax, and users who do not have this installed should account for an additional 1.5 GB of required space to install this component.

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.

iOS App: iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  • iOS 8.0 or later is required
  • 107 MB of space required to install

Android App

  • Android 4.1 or later required
  • 44 MB of space required to install