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Old 02-12-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
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If not Turbo Tax what to use to do taxes?

With the marketing clusterf%$k that turbo tax is this year plus the issues they are having with hackers submitting false federal and state claims i am done with them. What other tax prep software does the financial/IT geniuses here recommend?
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:50 PM   #2
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:50 PM   #3
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I spent a little time with TaxAct, and hated the interface. Went back to Turbo Tax.
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:07 PM   #4
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I've only ever used TaxACT since I switched to itemized deductions, so I have nothing to compare it to.
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:10 PM   #5
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Block has worked for me the past 3-4 years. Less expensive than TT and gets the job done (deductions, investments...)
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:18 PM   #6
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I spent a little time with TaxAct, and hated the interface. Went back to Turbo Tax.
Opposite view: After half a dozen years using turbo tax, I decided to give tax act a try, especially because it was quite a bit cheaper (small business, investments, and a rental property in another state, so I have to buy a premium version). I thought it was way better than turbotax, and I'll be using TaxAct again. Not the slickest interface, but I found deductions that I should have been taking in previous years and saved a significant amount of money.
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:57 PM   #7
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I used Tax Act for the first time this year. I've used turbo tax for about a decade, and shopped around after tt got expensive last year, and they raised the price again this year. I felt like $20 to joint file was a fair price, and the interface seemed a lot like what I remember turbo tax to be. I'll probably use Tax Act again.
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Old 02-12-2015, 09:11 PM   #8
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Bearing in mind that I'm retired, my returns are about as simple as they can be (unlike what they used to be when I did them all myself, including, one year, 4 state returns ), and I don't have to file a state return, I used TurboTax for 5yrs then, because of some unexpected income that bumped me up into a "Oh, crap, TurboTax wants me to pay this year" situation, used FileYourTaxes.com (selected from the list @ irs.gov, figuring that would be "safe") because it cost less. The interface was a bit more unwieldy but not too bad (maybe because I was familiar with TT's).

No problemo, but I went back to TurboTax the next year.
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Old 02-13-2015, 05:56 AM   #9
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My taxes aren't very simple, but I prefer to just download the PDFs from the irs.gov site and fill them in. Read the info that goes with the forms. Its really not that difficult. I used to use tax software, but it screwed up some capital gains taxes year back. I end up filling out about 4 forms and a state form. Easy enough to do.
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:06 AM   #10
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Wait.......we are supposed to file taxes?
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:25 AM   #11
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AARP in connection with IRS offers free tax prep and filing. You don't need to be a member nor any specific age. I volunteered for about 4 years with the program and it is top notch.
I couldn't vounteer this year but I'm gonna have them do mine.
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:57 AM   #12
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Turbo Tax - filed mine the 2nd and refund the 11th. They bit me 49.++ for keeping my records and another 49.++ for electronic filing for my bank.
The good is it is over for another year.
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:28 AM   #13
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A good CPA.

Gather your shoebox full of random stuff....drop it off....pay....done!
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:33 AM   #14
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A good CPA.

Gather your shoebox full of random stuff....drop it off....pay....done!


Been using my uncle for over two decades. But he's retired as of this year!

What to do? Cultivate a professional relationship with a new CPA.

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Old 02-13-2015, 07:35 AM   #15
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A good CPA.

Gather your shoebox full of random stuff....drop it off....pay....done!

Really the best way to do it. Will probably save you money in the long run with the extra deductions they may be able to find.
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