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Old 12-01-2020, 06:27 AM   #221
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The offer is still available, i couldn’t get it with the original link provided, i had to search Amazon myself
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The offer is still available, i couldn’t get it with the original link provided, i had to search Amazon myself
Confirmed as of 7:30 AM EST. Search was "Tax software 2020 federal & state"
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Old 12-01-2020, 09:25 AM   #223
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Old 12-01-2020, 10:21 AM   #225
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Yay! I found it, too. There is one review, a critical one...we don't have an EV (yet) so I am not worried.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Form 8911 Missing - Don't buy if you plan to EV Charging Credit
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2020
Platform: Mac DownloadEdition: Deluxe + StateVerified Purchase
I'm very disappointed that HRB did not include form 8911 (Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit). Not sure why they left this form out when the IRS approved it back on 2/18/2020. I recommend you try other software if you plan to apply for the EV charging credit for your home.
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It's odd that the Deluxe + State is on sale for $22.99, while the Deluxe Federal Only (which is what we, as Florida residents, actually need) is on sale for $24.97. I'm not seeing any advantage to buying the Federal Only.

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Wow. I don't remember the last year I did tax return by hand. I definitely remember running tax software on Win 3.1. Was there ever any tax program for MSDOS

I'm pretty sure there was, I think it was called Personal Tax Edge by Parsons Technology, before Intuit bought them out sometime in the early 90's. I'm not really a hoarder but I bet I could find that disc, I still have all my old tax records dating back to 1979.
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Wow. I don't remember the last year I did tax return by hand. I definitely remember running tax software on Win 3.1. Was there ever any tax program for MSDOS

I'm pretty sure there was, I think it was called Personal Tax Edge by Parsons Technology, before Intuit bought them out sometime in the early 90's. I'm not really a hoarder but I bet I could find that disc, I still have all my old tax records dating back to 1979.
Tax Edge was the first software I used in the early 90s. Yes, it started with DOS. Bob Parsons is a "unique" guy. He could have retired on this program alone, but instead became a billionaire with GoDaddy.
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Just for the fun of it. Remember any of these from 1991? Source: https://www.nytimes.com/1991/11/12/s...-programs.html

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Tax Edge was the first software I used in the early 90s.
I have two years of "Personal Tax Edge" (which I forgot that I used). Also in that era, I used TurboTax once. Mostly just kept with TaxCut. I usually squirrel away the install CD, but might have tossed the extremely old ones. I've been creating a non-standard directory "TaxCutyy" under "tax" so that when I move computers, it's easy to drag the folder over. Not that I ever go back and look at any of these, but I could if I wanted to. I've been putting a "print to PDF" final version in the folder too, since TaxCut comes with the print to PDF feature (almost worth the $23 bucks itself).
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Received my H&R from Newegg yesterday. Loaded and transferred last year's data over. Since I know my income; pension and SS, was able to populate pretty much everything. I owe an additional $1,007 to the feds on a gross $91K income. They are penalizing me $3 for that.
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I received my mailed H&R Block tax software code , which was purchased from NewEgg.

I'm wondering if others have downloaded and installed it, and felt it was legit.

Reason I'm wondering is because the download site is: https://gethrblock.com/crns
Instead of some hrblock.com subdomain or page.

Then when the actual download starts, it comes from:
https://camry-webapi.azurewebsites.net

I expected the downloads would be from hrblock.com
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Just for the fun of it. Remember any of these from 1991? Source: https://www.nytimes.com/1991/11/12/s...-programs.html
Here is a nice rundown of your income tax software options in 1992.

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I received my mailed H&R Block tax software code , which was purchased from NewEgg.

I'm wondering if others have downloaded and installed it, and felt it was legit.

Reason I'm wondering is because the download site is: https://gethrblock.com/crns
Instead of some hrblock.com subdomain or page.

Then when the actual download starts, it comes from:
https://camry-webapi.azurewebsites.net

I expected the downloads would be from hrblock.com
I got my code, downloaded and migrated past year information over. Heck, I've even filled it all out, projecting remaining earnings for the year. No problem. It's legit.
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Old 12-07-2020, 01:01 PM   #234
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I received my mailed H&R Block tax software code , which was purchased from NewEgg.

I'm wondering if others have downloaded and installed it, and felt it was legit.

Reason I'm wondering is because the download site is: https://gethrblock.com/crns
Instead of some hrblock.com subdomain or page.

Then when the actual download starts, it comes from:
https://camry-webapi.azurewebsites.net

I expected the downloads would be from hrblock.com
I bought mine directly from HR Block and my URL was:

https://smrtinterface.hrblock.com/do...e-State-DL.exe
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I bought mine directly from HR Block and my URL was:

https://smrtinterface.hrblock.com/do...e-State-DL.exe
Your link is broken...
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Yes it is. I removed some of the information as it would serve no purpose. Point was to show the OP where my link originated from.
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Getting rid of annoying "DRAFT FORM" overlay

H&R Block plasters a "draft form" message 4 times per page, oftentimes obscuring the values on the form. I wrote a quickie for myself, and figured I'd let the folks here use it (if they trusted me to run code on their machine). All this does is read a PDF and remove any text larger than 16, writing out to a separate file.

You put the HRBlock.pdf in a folder with RemoveBigText.exe, then run it with an output file name:

RemoveBigText HRBlock.pdf HRBlockCleaned.pdf

If you code yourself, I'll give you the source code.

ETA: Should I try to get this running on Andriod?
ETA2: It's a few lines of Java that I pretty much lifted as-is from StackOverflow.
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I bought mine directly from HR Block and my URL was:

https://smrtinterface.hrblock.com/do...e-State-DL.exe
That would not be a worry as : <anything>.hrblock.com/.......

is a subdomain of hrblock.com and cannot be owned by others.

My concern is that the domains where I went to enter my code and then downloaded the software are not part of hrblock.com domain.
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Yes it is. I removed some of the information as it would serve no purpose. Point was to show the OP where my link originated from.
Good thing you removed that information, as it included your registration code , which you probably recognized.

I used a hex editor to look at the tiny exe file I downloaded from gethrblock.com
I saw they embeded my registration code and name .. etc..
And they gave the subdomain URL for HrBlock, passing in the information. Probably similar to your link.

So I just copied out the information from the .exe and pasted it into the browser, and downloaded the H&R software.

I'm feeling more comfortable as I got the actual software directly from H&R block.
I installed it and it works
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Well, don't rush to buy TurboTax. I downloaded the 2020 version from Costco and it's pretty much useless. I've got an estimated version of 2020 in my 2019 version- at this point nearly everything for 2020 is in or can be estimated and I can input dummy forms with summary dividends, interest, CG distributions, etc.

The 2020 version won't even let me enter SS and pension income. They claim the IRS hasn't finalized forms yet. Not much I can do but wait.
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