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Old 01-12-2018, 01:45 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, 09:11 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, 09:48 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, 10:23 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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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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