To Uninstall TT2008 or not to Uninstall...That is the Question!

Discussion in 'Quicken' started by Zipp, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Zipp

    Zipp Guest

    I normally uninstall the prior year's Turbo Tax before installing the
    latest version. I make sure I have the returns saved first.

    My question is...Is there a reason to uninstall first? For or against?

    To me it seems like good housekeeping to uninstall but of course you can't
    access the return through the program if you do.

    Any and all comments would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
     
    Zipp, Jan 4, 2010
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  2. Zipp

    Guest

    On 04 Jan 2010 13:06:24 GMT, Zipp <> wrote:

    >I normally uninstall the prior year's Turbo Tax before installing the
    >latest version. I make sure I have the returns saved first.
    >
    >My question is...Is there a reason to uninstall first? For or against?
    >
    >To me it seems like good housekeeping to uninstall but of course you can't
    >access the return through the program if you do.
    >
    >Any and all comments would be appreciated.
    >
    >Thanks in advance.


    I usually keep the last 3 year on my computer for easy reference, but
    I do a fair amount of stock trading. I also find it helpful to
    reference IRA conversions to Roth and that type of stuff. I never had
    any problems. In fact I keep Taxcut and TurboTax both since I often
    find they give different results especially if you happen to have very
    much foreign Tax credits to follow.
     
    , Jan 4, 2010
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  3. Zipp

    JimH Guest

    Zipp wrote:
    > I normally uninstall the prior year's Turbo Tax before installing the
    > latest version. I make sure I have the returns saved first.
    >
    > My question is...Is there a reason to uninstall first? For or against?
    >
    > To me it seems like good housekeeping to uninstall but of course you can't
    > access the return through the program if you do.
    >
    > Any and all comments would be appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks in advance.


    When I was audited several years ago, I had an error on my return, but
    the IRS audit team had about three errors on their audit. I had to
    recalculate my two year old tax return, I was glad that I had the older
    version of TurboTax installed. I was able to make the changes on an
    amended return and send a check with my response to their audit. This
    reduced the penalty significantly.

    I keep old versions installed. I also save a PDF version of my submitted
    return. I've used that when applying for a loan. I also use the prior
    year PDF return, while completing my current taxes.

    Keeping old files and programs costs nothing but a little disk space,
    and disk space is really cheap.

    --
    Jim
     
    JimH, Jan 4, 2010
    #3
  4. Zipp

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Zipp.

    > To me it seems like good housekeeping to uninstall


    I agree. To me, good housekeeping seems the only reason to uninstall. With
    today's low cost of large HDDs, I've not been motivated to delete the prior
    years' files. All my prior program and data files for the past decade total
    just 1 GB of space.

    The past few years' TurboTax programs are still on my computer. They are
    not in the Program Files folder tree, but in a folder, E:\TurboTax, which I
    created in my "neutral" (no OS installed on it) Drive E:, alongside
    E:\QuickenW. TurboTax for 2009 is installed in E:\TurboTax\Tax09, alongside
    Tax08, Tax07, etc. The tax data is in E:\TurboTax\Tax09Dat, etc.

    If I need to review my 2008 return, I don't have to re-install the prior
    program first. Since I'm the only user of my computer, neither the program
    nor the data is encrypted or heavily protected; those files are included in
    my sporadic backups onto removable storage.

    My E:\TurboTax folder looks more complete than it actually is, with folders
    all the way back to Tax00. Since I'm often a beta tester, various Windows
    versions have been installed, deleted and reinstalled several time and I
    haven't bothered to re-install TurboTax for 2000, for example, recently.
    The files are still here on my HDD, but I'd need to run that Setup file
    again to let it recreate the entries it needs in my current Registry before
    I could actually run the program and review my 2000 data with it; I won't go
    to that trouble until/unless I need to.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    (Retired. No longer licensed to practice public accounting.)

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Using Quicken Deluxe 2010 and Windows Live Mail in Win7 x64)

    "Zipp" <> wrote in message
    news:Xns9CF6527F42002Zippzippcom@209.197.15.254...
    > I normally uninstall the prior year's Turbo Tax before installing the
    > latest version. I make sure I have the returns saved first.
    >
    > My question is...Is there a reason to uninstall first? For or against?
    >
    > To me it seems like good housekeeping to uninstall but of course you can't
    > access the return through the program if you do.
    >
    > Any and all comments would be appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
     
    R. C. White, Jan 4, 2010
    #4
  5. Zipp

    Hank Arnold Guest

    Zipp wrote:
    > I normally uninstall the prior year's Turbo Tax before installing the
    > latest version. I make sure I have the returns saved first.
    >
    > My question is...Is there a reason to uninstall first? For or against?
    >
    > To me it seems like good housekeeping to uninstall but of course you can't
    > access the return through the program if you do.
    >
    > Any and all comments would be appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks in advance.


    I would leave it installed until you've completed this year's returns.
    This way, if you come across something that will make you want to file a
    revised return for last year, it will be easy to do....

    I alway print my returns (Fed & State), both full and filed, to PDF
    files before I uninstall a previous year's return...

    --

    Regards,
    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    http://mypcassistant.blogspot.com/
     
    Hank Arnold, Jan 7, 2010
    #5
  6. Zipp

    Hank Arnold Guest

    Hank Arnold wrote:
    > Zipp wrote:
    >> I normally uninstall the prior year's Turbo Tax before installing the
    >> latest version. I make sure I have the returns saved first.
    >>
    >> My question is...Is there a reason to uninstall first? For or against?
    >>
    >> To me it seems like good housekeeping to uninstall but of course you
    >> can't access the return through the program if you do.
    >>
    >> Any and all comments would be appreciated.
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance.

    >
    > I would leave it installed until you've completed this year's returns.
    > This way, if you come across something that will make you want to file a
    > revised return for last year, it will be easy to do....
    >
    > I alway print my returns (Fed & State), both full and filed, to PDF
    > files before I uninstall a previous year's return...
    >


    Before I uninstall a previous year's software, I go to Intuit's web site
    and download all the updates needed to bring the software up to date. I
    file them so that if I had to reinstall an old version, I have the
    updates. After a couple of years, you can't count on the old manual
    update files being available....

    --

    Regards,
    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    http://mypcassistant.blogspot.com/
     
    Hank Arnold, Jan 7, 2010
    #6
  7. Zipp

    GSalisbury Guest

    "JimH" <> wrote in message
    news:Hxn0n.594$...
    > Zipp wrote:
    >> I normally uninstall the prior year's Turbo Tax before installing the
    >> latest version. I make sure I have the returns saved first.
    >>
    >> My question is...Is there a reason to uninstall first? For or against?
    >>
    >> To me it seems like good housekeeping to uninstall but of course you
    >> can't access the return through the program if you do.
    >>
    >> Any and all comments would be appreciated.
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance.

    >
    > When I was audited several years ago, I had an error on my return, but the
    > IRS audit team had about three errors on their audit. I had to recalculate
    > my two year old tax return, I was glad that I had the older version of
    > TurboTax installed. I was able to make the changes on an amended return
    > and send a check with my response to their audit. This reduced the penalty
    > significantly.
    >
    > I keep old versions installed. I also save a PDF version of my submitted
    > return. I've used that when applying for a loan. I also use the prior year
    > PDF return, while completing my current taxes.
    >
    > Keeping old files and programs costs nothing but a little disk space, and
    > disk space is really cheap.
    >
    > --
    > Jim


    FWIW
    I've used Taxcut (now H&R Block At Home) w/Quicken since TY1996 and never
    bothered uninstalling any version of T/C.
    I've left them all installed for no other reason than I wasn't compelled to
    remove them (space has never been an issue); and on random occasions I
    brought up some version from the past because I was at the computer and
    didn't want to get up and go fetch the paper copies.
    I've also downloaded and saved all updates so I could rebuild an
    installation if I ever wanted to.
    YMMV
     
    GSalisbury, Jan 7, 2010
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