Turbotax or Taxcut ?

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  1. faithfulFrank macrumors member

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    I was wondering what peoples opinions are between Turbotax for mac and Taxcut for mac. I switched to a Mac last year, so this is the first time I will be doing my taxes with a mac. I have always bought Turbotax for windows in the past..(a lot cheaper than the Mac version(?)...
    I thank you in advance for any advice that you can give.....both in what to buy and perhaps the best place to buy it.
     
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I use turbotax, but mainly out of habit--I've used it for over ten years. Works just fine. Can't say anything about the differences between turbotax and taxcut, though. One disappointment is poor importing from either Quicken or from financial institutions' Web sites. I've always ended up just inputting by hand.
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    I have used both on the Windows enviroment. I find that TurboTax is easier and provides better guidance in getting the deductions one can have.
     
  4. faithfulFrank thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys. I'll probably stick with turbotax....I just wondered if it worked as well with a mac as it does with windows.
    I never paid this much for it though....I guess it is just the "mactax" you pay for using a better computer than "the masses".
     
  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Wow! Just saw the price difference in TurboTax Mac/PC--$19.95 for basic for the PC (not available for Mac), $29.95 for deluxe for PC versus $59.95 for Mac. I've just been coughing it up year after year, assuming the prices were the same. Maybe next year I'll try TaxCut, which looks like a bargain at $39.95.
     
  6. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    If your taxes aren't that complicated, try Taxact.com. There's a Web version you can do for free (as of last year anyway), with a $9 charge for e-filing. I've used them for the past two years.

    Their Web service handles all the stuff most people use, like itemized deductions, child care credits, etc.
     
  7. krimson macrumors 65816

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    costco has Turbotax for $44, and to be honest, i usually split the cost with my bro-in-law, well for the last 3 years at least..
     
  8. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I've used both. They should both work fine for practically anybody's personal tax return. They have both had a few awkward spots and minor bugs each year I've tried them. Lately I've used Taxcut because of the slightly cheaper price. I recommend deciding based on price and on the advantage of using the same program from year to year (which helps both with familiarity and with transferring your data).

    For the last few years, Taxcut for Mac was available only as a download, not as a boxed copy in stores. This year, it is back in stores.

    Macworld magazine reviewed and compared them, but I forget how long ago that was. You could try looking up those reviews.
     

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