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Old 12-01-2018, 03:13 PM   #1
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Legitimate website/deal?

Iím looking at a price for turbo tax that just appears too good to be true. Wondering if anyone has a good/safe way to verify the site, company and the deal.

One thing bothers me is that even though the site says itís the 2018 version, there is a tag listed that has 2017. Itís a download only version of TT Deluxe with state for $20. Of course I want it, but my security alarms are going off.

The site is

price deal online dot com

I donít want to post the link so just take the spaces out if you want to look at it.

What do you think? Legitimate?
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I recall a similar discussion last year about a questionable site selling TT cheap. Not sure if anyone was able to verify if it was legit, but if there is any question, why do it?
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:20 PM   #3
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I do not buy from sites like that. Then again I also like to have the CD. That reduces your risk.
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Very likely not legit. You can contact intuit and ask. They like to now of pirate sites.

At best you get a pirated copy. But they could've packaged malware with it, and put a virus on your laptop, or worse, capture data from your return, like your SSN.
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:31 PM   #5
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I do not buy from sites like that. Then again I also like to have the CD. That reduces your risk.
I probably wonít either, but for that amount of money, I would be willing to give up the disk. Iíve always got the disk too, but I canít say Iíve ever used it after the first install use.
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:33 PM   #6
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To be safe, I'd stay away.

You know the old saying " If it is sounds too good to be true, then it probably is."

I'm feeling the same doing some camera shopping. This morning thought I found a great deal on a camera but upon further inspection, the website I was looking at is selling "gray market" cameras so I didn't click buy. I didn't even know there is such a thing. Buyer beware.
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You know the old saying " If it is sounds too good to be true,then it probably is."
Beat me to it.
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I have seen these offers, and there is no way I would take the chance. I normally buy the disc from a trusted supplier, and then I know I am downloading updates from the correct website.

I find it humorous that we have a "blow that dough" thread, and then some of the same folks worry about saving $20
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Probably not legit. I did buy TT from one of those websites a few years ago... something didn't seem right when I bought and I later determined that it wasn't legit. Nothing bad hapenned that I know of but I was uncomfortable. I was a bit concerned that and update or upload to TT for filing might not work, but it worked fine.

Not worth the risk and worry to save $25 or so.
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I later determined that it wasn't legit.
Determined with certainty? How did you do that? Did you register it? I always register my products.
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Did you register it? I always register my products.
Yep. Really makes a difference.

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It's this over pricing of TT as the cause that I went to H&R Block software.

Got H&R Block deluxe with state for ~$18 a week ago or so ago.
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It's this over pricing of TT as the cause that I went to H&R Block software.

Got H&R Block deluxe with state for ~$18 a week ago or so ago.
You get what you pay for, IMO. Two letters from the IRS saying I owed more for different HRB errors for the one year I used it taught me not to try to save a few bucks.
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I can't see switching software to save a few bucks. I find value in the familiar.

I want to spend my time paying as little as I legally can in taxes, not learning a different vendor's software.
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You get what you pay for, IMO. Two letters from the IRS saying I owed more for different HRB errors for the one year I used it taught me not to try to save a few bucks.
So if TT ever makes a similar error.... then what ?

I never had that problem with H&R Block, so maybe it's very dependent upon what your tax situation is each year. This means perhaps one year you will hit a TT error.
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I can't see switching software to save a few bucks. I find value in the familiar.

I want to spend my time paying as little as I legally can in taxes, not learning a different vendor's software.
I also find value in the familiar.

But many tax software programs are somewhat similar, it's not a foreign language that could be radically different.

The small effort to switch is now rewarded every year. I estimate I save $25 every year because I made the effort once.
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So if TT ever makes a similar error.... then what ?

I never had that problem with H&R Block, so maybe it's very dependent upon what your tax situation is each year. This means perhaps one year you will hit a TT error.
I've used TT every year since I started using tax programs, except the one time. I never had an error by TT that caused a letter and bill from the IRS. I think I'd give them a second chance.

HRB had 2 errors the one time I tried them. No second chance for that.

There were at least 2 things I didn't like about the output format HRB generated, but those would just irk me, not push me to switching.
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Tax prep software is where I document my issue with H&R Block.

I hope people keep using it, and it improves. Competition is good, and if there is none, TT's price will keep going up.
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