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TurboTax 86 60.14%
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TaxAct 20 13.99%
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Old 11-13-2016, 02:22 PM   #21
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Been using Turbotax for a long time, lately at a good discount through Fidelity.
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Old 11-13-2016, 02:33 PM   #22
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I have used TurboTax every year for nearly forever. I'll probably buy the CD version from Amazon.

I don't want to change because I like it and it is familiar to me. Software that in any way eases my angst when doing taxes, is worth a few bucks extra.
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Old 11-13-2016, 02:47 PM   #23
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Where do you see it? TurboTax 2016 Deluxe is listed at $60 right now on Amazon. According to this history data chart, TurboTax 2015 Deluxe was about this price at this time a year ago.

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Then it went down to between $35 and $45 from January to April.
Last year I used taxact and got it on a preorder for the downloaded version for $18,95 and got the primium with state. This year looks like $45 for a lower grade. It was either last year or the year before that TT has a large increase that had many up in arms. I did not check all prices for all products. But the price have been on the rise. TA increased this year even if I did not have a pre-order.
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Old 11-13-2016, 03:22 PM   #24
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Current lock in price for TaxAct is $18 for TaxAct Plus (includes itemized). I was upgraded to Premium for 2015, but it's overkill if you are not self-employed. Plus version covered all the schedules needed for itemized deductions.
I believe TA is changing $25 for the state add on this year. Much more than previous years. On the download version it does not seem to be optional
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Old 11-13-2016, 03:25 PM   #25
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are there any tax programs that work with linux? I recently had a fed up fit with windows and changed to ubuntu
I don't know of any that natively support linux. However I have run TaxAct in the past on linux with out issues. YMMV
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Last year I used taxact and got it on a preorder for the downloaded version for $18,95 and got the primium with state. This year looks like $45 for a lower grade. It was either last year or the year before that TT has a large increase that had many up in arms. I did not check all prices for all products. But the price have been on the rise. TA increased this year even if I did not have a pre-order.
TT's product downgrade was rolled back. Prices didn't change. The price increases you see are limited to TaxACT under new ownership.
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Old 11-13-2016, 07:36 PM   #27
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The cheapest Block is what I've been using. Was called TaxCut. I did a side by side on the cheapo vs premium, and couldn't see the difference.
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Old 11-13-2016, 07:44 PM   #28
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I pay full price for TurboTax premier (CD version) every year and always will. Just love it. I can adjust all my numbers to plan for next year, I don't have to know tax law, just fill in the info and watch the dancing numbers.
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Like to get early to plug in income expected & thus amount of taxes to pay from my IRA withdrawal at end of year. Paying full $90 vs. trying to figure how to pay say $50/60 is chicken feed in the scheme of things. Better things to worry about.
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I don't know of any that natively support linux. However I have run TaxAct in the past on linux with out issues. YMMV
I have used the web version of TaxAct since 2009 while running Linux.
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Old 11-14-2016, 01:31 AM   #30
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Used TurboTax for many years. But, I jumped ship a couple of years ago when they tried to downgrade features. After a hue and cry, they reversed it but I had bought HR Block by then.

I haven't decided totally what I will do this year. I think both work, but I slightly prefer Turbo Tax, just felt it was a little easier to use. But, I am still irritated at them over how they treated their customers so not sure.

(Oh, I use the downloaded version)
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Old 11-14-2016, 06:31 AM   #31
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I used taxhawk for a few years. federal is free and state is 12.95, good software, no problems, covers about any scenario you can think of. will use it again this year.
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Like to get early to plug in income expected & thus amount of taxes to pay from my IRA withdrawal at end of year. Paying full $90 vs. trying to figure how to pay say $50/60 is chicken feed in the scheme of things. Better things to worry about.
+1 / Amen. My time is far more valuable than the discount.

As an aside, I've *never* filed electronically. Just a pet peeve of mine. Filing electronically saves the Government money, and as such, it should be free. (geez, I sound like a Sanders-guy.) So I print 'em out and send 'em in. I like the feel of paper and I trust the US postal system.

Also, I want the CD and to run everything locally. In general I don't fret over big brother and what's in the cloud... but I'm just more comfortable this way.
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Been using TT Premier because DW will have a continuing $30K "stipend" that qualifies as self employment income with two states to file in until she is 75. Easier to pay the TT freight than try to deal with this by hand or pay an accountant.
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I'll hold my nose (after the significant price increase and re-bundling of features) and continue to purchase the top package of TaxAct for non-professional individuals. I will also purchase my State package too.

I also download the software and run it on my own PC to maintain my access to it. (assuming there are no major DRM features that will turn off my software in the future).

I am hoping that TaxAct will run a Black Friday sale as they did last year.

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Fidelity has been giving me a free TT Premier, so I'll wait for that. If they don't, I'll probably buy it at Costco when it goes on sale.
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I still use TT even though, in my view, they have had some questionable business practices over the past few years. I'll usually buy the Premier edition to be reasonably sure I get all the features I want.
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The cheapest Block is what I've been using. Was called TaxCut. I did a side by side on the cheapo vs premium, and couldn't see the difference.
A long time ago I used Block (Taxcut) and found an error in the AMT processing. I double checked this using TT at the time. Block was no help at the time, so I switched. I don't expect my issue would be common to many filers and now I my taxes are much more simple. So I don't expect I'd need to worry about it with the product ... plus it has been many years and the product has changed.
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Whichever program has the best rebate on refunds at Amazon. We've planned overwithholding the past couple of years to get 10% add on to our refund when it is directed to our AMZN "gift card" balance.

First used it to continue TT, but last year it was HRBlock (I think). Not that much difference between the programs and getting several hundred extra to pay me for doing our return was nice.
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I use H&R block and will buy it whenever it drops in price to $25 or less for the Premium version.

I decided years ago to not use "cracked" versions, as I cannot really trust the hackers to keep the code clean and resist the temptation to add in a virus/keylogger.

Anyone know of other investment firms that hand out free ones ?
I use Premium as well. I have NEVER seen it for $25.

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