Free States for Turbo Tax – Life Hack

I decided to share a Free States for Turbo Tax Life Hack. Once in a while, we put up life hacks. These are hacks which you can use in life, which aren't necessarily computer related. This one is about making sure that you can download states for free, and then download as many as you want, instead of paying an additional $20 or so for multiple states.

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Free States for Turbo Tax - Updated for TT2017

Instructions to getting Free States for Turbo Tax on Windows/Mac:

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43 Responses to Free States for Turbo Tax – Life Hack

  1. Zack says:

    Dude… this is life saver! I just tried the Mac instructions and it works like a charm…

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. Olivia says:

    One thing missing. When filing the original state it was fah ree; on the second file thay wanted $25 to file it. There must be another file to edit

  3. TheKing says:

    Anon… worked like a champ. Thank you.

  4. Pogo says:

    Any update to this hack for the new tax year?

  5. Spitt says:

    Delete files – ‘Entitlement_TTWin.xml’ & ‘Price_S2016US1040PER’
    Modify file in notepad – ‘Entitlement_TTWin.ini’ , so that all values = 0
    Choose a new state and install it
    Repeat process for additional states.

  6. Pogo says:

    I’m sorry ,should have specified I’m running a mac..

  7. JJ says:

    What about the new hack for Mac? Thanks

  8. JJ says:

    Yes and it says no file or directory when i copy and paste that

  9. Blah says:

    Entitlements folder doesn’t seem to exist for 2016. Subdirs/files as follows:
    /Forms intuitanalytics.db ttkind
    /App_16 1040.16.formset NYI_16.formset
    app12c01.3pe mpwxper.ver peras.3pe tke_dll

  10. JJ says:

    Sorry I am not a computer guy, what does subdirs/files mean? Can you explain in laymans terms?

  11. Spitt says:

    subdirs/files means Sub-directories and files.

    Mac Instructions: Delete entitlement_ttwin.xml & price_s2016us1040per.xml then modify entitlement_ttwin.ini so all values=0
    Don’t worry if it says basic, it will still be the version you installed.

    Speaking of which, I have uploaded the TurboTax Home/Business 2016 for Mac above to download as well – for those interested…

  12. JJ says:

    I am still real confused and can’t figure this damn thing out. I cant find the “entitlement” stuff to delete and modify

  13. Spitt says:

    Sorry, I can’t help you more. I am familiar with Windows and Android, and am able to search for specific file names, and then edit or delete them. But Mac? idk.

    However, if you use VMWare and Windows loaded within, you can run the Windows version of TT2016 and then use it’s hack for free states. If this is also beyond you, maybe another person will help you here.

  14. Helper says:


    I just did it. I too had the issue but we didn’t follow his next instruction…..

    program files or program files(x89)/
    is just verifying you actually downloaded your original file correctly….

    is what you want to modify.

    now of course if you running windows 10 everything is simplified visually but you have to use common knowledge to figure out which file is indeed the .xml

    delete the .xml File and the “price” File.

    then right click on the other (non .xml) file and click notepad and change all numbers to “0”

    once finished click save

    open turbo tax 2016 and you get another free state…

  15. sam says:

    I have turbotax 2016 premiere and i need 3 additional states. I tried to follow the comments but it seems hard for me. Can anyone tell me step by step how to install the states for free? Thanks

  16. TB says:

    For MAC users I had success by deleting the entitlement file in the Application Support TurboTax folder and the S2016US1040PER file in the Caches-Availability-TB Tax folder

  17. sam says:

    TB can you help me with step by step instructions on how you were able to do it?

  18. king says:

    also looking for step by step instructions on MAC for additional states. Seems like people figured out, a little more guidance would be appreciated

  19. king says:

    MAC got here
    To navigate to the Application Support folder please follow these steps:
    Open the “Go to Folder” menu. Open the Finder. Go to the Menu Bar and open the “Go” menu. …
    Enter the path of the Application Support folder. Copy the following path and paste it into the “Go to Folder” input field. ~/Library/Application Support.

  20. king says:

    then ~/Library/Caches you will see the files to delete. i got it to work.

  21. soxfan says:

    Thank you TB… it worked for me on the mac

  22. Rachel Ominey says:

    King has it dead on. It can’t be found trying to drill down through the normal channels so you have to use the GO option in Finder. I need 3 states to file and deleting the ENTITLEMENTS and S2016US1040PER file are what you need to do to get the other states for FREE.
    Thanks, King. You solved the puzzle. A huge help.

  23. Josh says:

    worked for me on mac. Thanks TB, king and Rachel!!!

  24. kirby says:

    So is there a similar fix for Windows for 2017?

  25. Spitt says:

    I am sure there is, we just need to figure it out, but since no one can file yet anyways…

  26. Pogo says:

    I had luck with this year’s. I followed the same steps King posted, and only had to delete the “Entitlements” file. When I opened the program back up, I had to download my second state, and then “add” them.

  27. Jaf says:

    Incredible – King’s instructions worked perfectly on 2017 Home & Business for Mac. Thank you!

  28. MrRochie says:

    Anyone have the step by step fix for Turbotax H&B 2017 for Windows 10 to allow dl of extra states ??? Would be greatly appreciated…

  29. tom says:

    Need help on Windows! I’ve done this the last two years but cant get 2017 to work….

  30. Spitt says:

    I did it on Windows, instead of reading the comments, read the post. New instructions are listed – you may have to disable adblock, to see the social share, which unlocks the instructions. You don’t need to pay anything, this is just our way of getting the word out.

  31. jfg says:

    Jaf says he got it to work for turbotax 2017. Could he give detailed instructions for Mac?

  32. Spitt says:

    Once again, the instructions are already posted above. Social share the post, and unlock the content. Very simple, and it gives you the instructions on Windows and Mac. The only one I don’t have in there is TurboTax Canada. But if you search this site, it will tell you how to get TurboTax 2017, for free as well – both Mac and Windows versions.

  33. MrRochie says:

    Unlocked the life hack. I am running Turbotax Home and Business for 2017 on Windows 10.. Under the ProgramData folder I show intuit/MSI turbotax/ TY16 and TY17, Do I edit the TY17 ‘Entitlement_TTWin.ini’ etc.. or TY16? This is for filing in 2018 for 2017 taxes… Thanks all for the advice and help.

  34. Spitt says:

    Sorry, fixed it. You are correct, 2017 edits.

  35. Big G says:

    Will this work on TurboTax Business? TT Business does not include any free states.

    Need help. Thanks

  36. Spitt says:

    Generally people need states for filing personal taxes when they are truckers, migrational workers, or move throughout the year. If you are an employer, you simply create W2s for your employees or file taxes as a company, whose headquarters are often in one location. I cannot see how this would be needed for a business version of the software, however there is a home/business version located here…

    Otherwise you can try the edits to see if it does anything for you. But otherwise I do not know how to help you.

  37. Big G says:

    Thanks for the reply. I am filing using TT Business, for a multi-member LLC, as a standalone business return. The business needs to file a Fed & State return in a similar fashion to individuals. The Business TT version does not include a free state; and per the instructions, it states that the 1st free state must be installed for this to work, I’m not sure it will, and don’t want to “damage” the software by accident. TT Home/business is for single owner businesses. Thanks for any help you can give.

  38. Spitt says:

    Try it anyways, and if it doesn’t work, you can always re-install. Other than that, try Credit Karma’s website see if it’s free with them. However, last year, I did it on TT and CK and found I received more on TT than CK (for personal taxes), but might be worth a try for you.

  39. Gary says:

    I just discovered this minutes ago. I did the social share but can’t see or find the instructions.

    Any help, please!

  40. Spitt says:

    We had to replace the social share script with another. Sorry about that. Please try again, I did test, works for me now.

  41. cindy says:

    I have removed the entitlements file from MAC. Still asking to purchase the state. I am using Turbotax premier. Any help?

  42. SimpleN says:

    I’m using win10 and Turbotax. The Intuit key within “RegKey HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software” includes files for past years ttax software (ie. TurboTax 2014, TurboTax 2015, TurboTax 2016, etc). If I delete it, will it effect my ability to access the past years data? Should I just delete the 2017 file within that key? There is a “TurboTax 2017” and a “TY17” file within the intuit key. Should I just delete those, or the whole key (with past years files included)? Thanks.

  43. Spitt says:

    You only need to do it for the year that you are trying to get free. But if you have any problems, you can always to the others as well.

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