Thinking of using TurboTax to file your tax returns? Think again. The Minnesota Department of Revenue advises against using Intuit software to file tax returns!

intuitCiting “multiple issues with the products”, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has posted an “important notice” on its webpage advising tax payers and tax preparers not to use Intuit tax software, including TurboTax, Lacerte, Intuit online, ProSeries.  It warned that use Intuit’s tax software could “jeopardize the accuracy” of one’s tax return or “delay”one’s return.

According to Jane Friedmann of the “Whistleblower”, Terri Steenblock, an assistant commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Revenue, said there were multiple issues with the software including assigning political contributions to the wrong party, failing to give an education credit for multiple dependents, incorrectly calculating property tax refunds, and a variety of other calculation errors. Some of these issues surfaced just in the past several days.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue found these errors “unacceptable”.

Here is the notice as it appears on the website of Minnesota’s Department of Revenue:

Important Notice for Taxpayers Using Intuit Products (TurboTax, Lacerte, Intuit online, ProSeries)

The Minnesota Department of Revenue advises you not to use Intuit (TurboTax, Lacerte, Intuit online, ProSeries) to file your Minnesota taxes electronically or on paper. Intuit has discovered multiple issues with their products. The issues could jeopardize the accuracy of your return or delay your refund.

What should I do?

IF YOU… ?

THEN?

Have NOT prepared or filed your return ? File using a different software product. See a list of approve vendors below.
Prepared your return using Intuit but did not file? Wait to file until Intuit communicates the problems are corrected.?
Have filed your return using Intuit? Call Intuit at 1-866-888-4609.

The Department of Revenue is not affiliated with Intuit and we find these errors unacceptable. We expect Intuit to correct these problems immediately. If they fail to do so, the department will stop processing returns filed using Intuit.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Concerned taxpayers may contact Intuit at 1-866-888-4609

About William Brighenti

William Brighenti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Certified Business Valuation Analyst. Bill began his career in public accounting in 1979. Since then he has worked at various public accounting firms throughout Connecticut. Bill received a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Hartford, after attending the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University for his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. He subsequently attended Purdue University for doctoral studies in Accounting and Quantitative Methods in Business. Bill has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in Accounting, Auditing, and other subjects at the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, and Purdue University. He also taught GMAT and CPA Exam Review Classes at the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center and at Person-Wolinsky, and is certified to teach trade-related subjects at Connecticut Vocational Technical Schools. His articles on tax and accounting have been published in several professional journals throughout the country as well as on several accounting websites. William was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut, and served on the City's Board of Finance and Taxation as well as its City Plan Commission. In addition to the blog, Accounting and Taxes Simplified, Bill writes a blog, "The Barefoot Accountant", for the Accounting Web, a Sift Media publication.
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2 Responses to Thinking of using TurboTax to file your tax returns? Think again. The Minnesota Department of Revenue advises against using Intuit software to file tax returns!

  1. Tim Jesson says:

    I don’t blame them, if they’re filing everything incorrectly it costs the state money so they might as well issue this warning.

  2. Christian Sturges says:

    Every time I use ProSeries, everything is extra now.

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