Tax Prep Options

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  1. Abulia macrumors 68000

    Abulia

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    So, last year I used TurboTax and liked it. This year I've heard that TT has increased the filing fees dramatically, making it not-so-much a bargin.

    Any alternatives for the Mac platform, or just suck it up and use TT?
     
  2. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    I just did my brothers with Turbo Tax online. We did the one that costs $19.99 for federal and $24.99 for state. So, $45 is nothing compared to the $250 H&R Block charged me last year. It's Turbo Tax for me from here on out!
     
  3. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Me, too. I've used TT Online for three years now. Plus, I paid a little extra and had the refunds direct deposited in my checking account. Both were in within two weeks!
     
  4. kugino macrumors 65816

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    direct deposit into checking is free w/turbo tax. at least i thought it was. i was only charged $45 for federal and state for the online version...
     
  5. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    the IRS does offer some other options including free e-filing for qualifying tax payers....never used it myself but maybe you want to check it out

    http://www.irs.gov/efile/index.html
     
  6. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I did HR Block online, 6 bucks for federal and 15 for state, got my refunds from both in about a week
     
  7. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

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    TurboTax

    I had two options for my federal e-file:

    1) $30 deducted from my refund.

    [^screw that]

    2) $15 if I simply provided a credit card.
     
  8. kugino macrumors 65816

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    wow. that sounds pretty good. was it easy to use?
     
  9. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I used to use a CPA and I always owed money. I then used TT for a while and I usually got a little back. I now pay a pretty good sum for a tax attorney to take care of everything. I do pay a lot, but it is worth it. TT used to give me $20 back or so. The tax attorney got me almost $350 each of the last two years. My income hasn't changed, nor has anything else. I am no very confident in paying extra money up front to get a bigger return later.
     
  10. Abulia thread starter macrumors 68000

    Abulia

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    It sounds like people have just gone with the online versions now, and not the actual software, correct? I'm a little hesitant to entering my taxes online -- how easy would you guys rate this?
     
  11. nutmac macrumors 68030

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    I am using the software version of TurboTax Deluxe (with free CA state). Although I prefer the website route (rather not install 1-time use software), the software is significantly cheaper. At Costco, it was only $32 + tax after instant rebate. Granted, it no longer includes free federal e-file, but I don't mind using the printer and snail mail. And after I am done with it, my friends and family can use the software to file their taxes, too.

    As for the software itself, 2005 version is significantly beefed up with improved organization. It works well and easy to use, it added up enough deductions for sizable refund. So I am happy.
     
  12. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Happy news

    I stopped in JPMorgan Chase this afternoon to get a printout of my account balance and there it was ... a wonderful electronic credit that took 22 days to receive from IRS to a traditional mail filing. A juicy tax refund can brighten the day very quickly. Now I will patiently wait until the end of April to check out what I hope will be the introduction of new iBooks and decide which laptop to buy ... maybe there will also be a change to the iPod lineup as well.
     
  13. JeffBarnett macrumors newbie

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    Has anybody tried TurboTax on an Intel machine under Rosetta yet?
     
  14. Gerg macrumors regular

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    I use TurboTax software, have since 1997 or so I think.

    This year, it once again came with a free state download, as well as a rebate coupon for the federal filing fee($14.95).

    I like the software verson because I always can re-print/review old returns, and if I have to file an amended return (did 2 years ago) then it's pretty easy.
     
  15. JeffBarnett macrumors newbie

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    For the curious, it works, but it crashes while trying to update the tax forms. There is a workaround on the Intuit website, though - www.intuit.com/support/
     

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