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      01-04-2010, 01:06 PM
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.
 
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      01-04-2010, 02:18 PM
On 04 Jan 2010 13:06:24 GMT, Zipp <(E-Mail Removed)> 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.
 
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      01-04-2010, 03:10 PM
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.

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Jim
 
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      01-04-2010, 03:19 PM
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
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(Using Quicken Deluxe 2010 and Windows Live Mail in Win7 x64)

"Zipp" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> 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.


 
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      01-07-2010, 11:51 AM
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...

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      01-07-2010, 11:54 AM
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....

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Regards,
Hank Arnold
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http://mypcassistant.blogspot.com/
 
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      01-07-2010, 03:27 PM

"JimH" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> 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

 
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