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Old 01-12-2018, 12:45 PM   #101
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You take your refund in the form of an Amazon gift card and Amazon adds 5% to it. Free money. I've done it in the past.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:11 PM   #102
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You surely are increasing risk by providing your tax data in electronic form to an intermediary.

A hack of IRS is a constant regardless of filing method.

No shock, I file on paper.
The last time I filed on paper it was rejected because someone had already filed a fraudulent return in my name. I still get an IRS IP PIN number every year because of this.

But yes, *technically* it's an extra entry point to use a 3rd party. However, I'll just point out that while Equifax and the IRS have both been hacked, 3rd party tax return preparation sites have not (that I have ever heard of).
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:48 AM   #103
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What I do is create a notepad (text) file and burn that along with the software to the CD. That way, if I ever need to reinstall, the unlock code is only a copy/paste away.
Do not mean to hack this thread. How technically difficult is it to do this. I am pretty technical but have always wanted to do it but never known the steps.

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think I just figured it out with the help of YouTube.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:23 AM   #104
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Do not mean to hack this thread. How technically difficult is it to do this. I am pretty technical but have always wanted to do it but never known the steps.

Thanks

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think I just figured it out with the help of YouTube.
Much easier to copy and paste than to type in a long activation code.

Glad you figured out thanks to YouTube.
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The last time I filed on paper it was rejected because someone had already filed a fraudulent return in my name. I still get an IRS IP PIN number every year because of this.

But yes, *technically* it's an extra entry point to use a 3rd party. However, I'll just point out that while Equifax and the IRS have both been hacked, 3rd party tax return preparation sites have not (that I have ever heard of).
There have been hacks and data breaches. The attached article details a Taxslayer hack from 2016 and refers to others.

http://www.dontmesswithtaxes.com/201...ng-season.html
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:43 AM   #106
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Just saw a great price for TurboTax Premier on Amazon, courtesy of Slickdeals. Only $49 for the PC/Mac disc version, which includes Federal E-file plus State.

https://www.amazon.com/TurboTax-Prem.../dp/B075C981JV
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An interesting angle that I am running into. For years I have used the download because it was more convenient. I was in BJ's yesterday and noticed that they had TT Deluxe Federal & State CD for $40 ($10 off their regular price). I was about to grab it and then remembered that the new laptop that I will install it on doesn't have a CD drive!

I'm not keen to go out and spend $25 or more to buy a CD drive with USB so I'll keep shoping around for the download version.
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I just about purchased the download version of TaxAct which I use for my and a couple friends returns. Then I noticed that it is for only one return. I checked for a version that would meet my needs, OUCH! Giving H & R Block's software on disk a try this year.
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I was about to grab it and then remembered that the new laptop that I will install it on doesn't have a CD drive!
Copy the contents of the CD to a flash drive, network storage, a shared drive on another computer, a cloud storage like google drive or even zip it up and email to yourself.
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Switched from TurboTax to TaxAct 3yrs ago, now switching to FreeTaxUSA.com because TaxAct wants something like $79 this year. I haven't gone too far with FreeTaxUSA yet but it was able to grab the basic info from my last year's PDF I uploaded. Still waiting for all my W2s, tax statements etc to proceed.
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Copy the contents of the CD to a flash drive, network storage, a shared drive on another computer, a cloud storage like google drive or even zip it up and email to yourself.
Could do that... but it might be easier to just pay $10 more and get the download version.... or it for the download version to go on sale. I wonder if the flash drives that I have are big enough to hold the install.
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Switched from TurboTax to TaxAct 3yrs ago, now switching to FreeTaxUSA.com because TaxAct wants something like $79 this year. I haven't gone too far with FreeTaxUSA yet but it was able to grab the basic info from my last year's PDF I uploaded. Still waiting for all my W2s, tax statements etc to proceed.
It seems FreeTaxUSA is $0 even for small business. That's the only reason I had been buying last few years to TT, TaxAct, H&R. I think I'll go with FreeTaxUSA this year also. THANK YOU for mentioning it.
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It seems FreeTaxUSA is $0 even for small business. That's the only reason I had been buying last few years to TT, TaxAct, H&R. I think I'll go with FreeTaxUSA this year also. THANK YOU for mentioning it.
If you use FreeTaxUSA for your state return, the cost is $12.95. Use the coupon code FREETAXUSA10 for 10% off.
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I tried H&R Block last year after years of TurboTax to save a few bucks, and because I'd get annoyed at TT constantly trying to upsell me on a higher priced version. I'm going back to TT this year. H&R Block was ok except for 3 things I found unacceptable:


- It didn't file form 2210 for the foreign tax credit, because my tax liability was 0 last year and couldn't take the credit. But, I can claw back or carry over that credit to other years. When I tried to do that, the IRS rejected it because I didn't file anything to show the credit for 2016. I had to file an amended 2016 return showing the unused credit, figuring out how to force 2210 to print, and refile the amended 2015 return to take part of it then. This was a pretty major mistake and a pain to correct with amended returns.


- In the printed/pdf return, it doesn't print the QDivs and Cap Gains worksheet that shows how your tax liability is actually calculated with you have divs and CGs. It didn't cause me any problems, but I like to see what actually goes into the tax calculation. TT always prints it as an important supporting form.


- The PDF file for the finished return isn't index like TT does. In TT I can quickly find a form I want to jump to. In HR&B I have to figure out what to search for that will take me to that form and not get caught up in other matching strings, or I have to scroll down to find it. That's a big usability issue when I go back looking at my return.
New addition to my H&RB beef.

- It didn't handle recharacterizations well. I just got a letter from the IRS that I owed more tax for 2016. The taxable income amount in dispute is the amount I recharacterized. I had no problems with my 2015 return (done with TT) with a similar partial recharacterization. Form 1040 is done the same way, but for 2015 TT prompted my to include an explanation for line 15a, the recharacterization. H&RB did not for 2016, so the IRS is questioning the recharacterization. Someone else had a similar problem in this thread: Letter from IRS about Roth Recharacterization

Like my missing form 2210 problem from earlier, this was a case of missing information/forms, which is harder to find than wrong information.

So that's 2 letters I've gotten from the IRS because H&R Block's program didn't do my return to the IRS's satisfaction. I don't think anyone wants to get letters from the IRS, especially ones asking for more money. Never again will I try to go cheap on my tax program.
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