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Got this email offer from TaxAct, it's their deluxe online version and includes both Fed and State e-files for $13.95. I used it last year and liked it.

https://www.taxactonline.com/s_onlin...l&src=Internal

Looks like that's even priced a bit better than the freebie Vanguard (Flagship) Turbotax deluxe download. The software is free, and includes free Fed e-file, but about $20 for state e-file. I'm happy with Turbotax so decide to just use it.
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Another reason to use the downloaded version is flexibility for the next year. If you've got your tax data in your computer it's often possible to import all the info to a different company's program if you change brands. If you did it online, I think you have to re-type everything from scratch (name, account numbers, etc). That, plus the data security angle, keeps me using the downloaded software (or actual purchased disks--watch for deals on Fatwallet) rather than doing my taxes online.
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If you did it online, I think you have to re-type everything from scratch (name, account numbers, etc). That, plus the data security angle, keeps me using the downloaded software (or actual purchased disks--watch for deals on Fatwallet) rather than doing my taxes online.
The online versions will give you PDF files of your returns for your records. Most if not all of these tax programs will import data from last years returns using these PDF files.
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Another reason to use the downloaded version is flexibility for the next year. If you've got your tax data in your computer it's often possible to import all the info to a different company's program if you change brands. If you did it online, I think you have to re-type everything from scratch (name, account numbers, etc).
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The online versions will give you PDF files of your returns for your records. Most if not all of these tax programs will import data from last years returns using these PDF files.
This must be relatively new. I don't think they supported this a few years back. But at least TAxAct does now:

2009 TaxACT Online will allow users to import from TaxACT Online returns, TaxACT Desktop returns, and PDF files created with another software program.

Import last year's return information to TaxACT Online | FAQs | TaxACT

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This must be relatively new. I don't think they supported this a few years back. But at least TAxAct does now:

2009 TaxACT Online will allow users to import from TaxACT Online returns, TaxACT Desktop returns, and PDF files created with another software program.

Import last year's return information to TaxACT Online | FAQs | TaxACT

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I downloaded 2010 TurboTax Basic and it had no problem reading my TaxAct PDF files from last year.
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The online versions will give you PDF files of your returns for your records. Most if not all of these tax programs will import data from last years returns using these PDF files.
Thanks, I didn't know that.
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