Tax return - TurboTax vs. H&R Block At Home

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Giuly, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Giuly, Jan 28, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    Well, it's still a little early, but are you filing with TurboTax or H&R Block At Home this year?
    TurboTax seems a lot easier to use, but having your return reviewed and signed by an H&R Block agent is compelling, too. Also, it's less expensive.

    So, what's it for you this year, and why?
  2. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    Neither. I used some free online-based preparation last that I can't remember the name of and I hope to do the same this year. If not, I'll manually enter my tax info on the forms this year. 1040ez's are not hard, anyone can do it and it takes only an hour or two with or without preparation software. Try preparing a schedule D by yourself like I have to because of my stock transactions.
  3. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    Turbotax.....been using it since my pre-Mac days (2007) on the well and imports previous year data making things rather simple.
  4. FoxFifth macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    I've been using TaxAct the last 4 or 5 years. Their deluxe bundle which includes federal and state returns and efiling for both is $17.95 and they have been discounting that to $13.95 for returning customers so that is what I have paid every year after the first year. It will import from a variety of sources (although I haven't used that) and also will import from the prior year return which I have used. When I first used it I thought it was more straightforward and easier to use than TurboTax but that is a comparison from 5 years ago.
  5. BlendedFrog macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2010
    I have been using turbotax for years. It's been my go-to software and I don't think I could use anything else. I do like the fact that they make it so your tax file is cross-platform compatible. So if you start it on a mac, you can open it on a win pc and finish it.
  6. WRP macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    I used to use TurboTax but found H&R better once I started my business. If you're not married with kids, don't own a home or a business, taxes are pretty simple and it doesn't really matter what you use, IMHO.
  7. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Turbotax here. I get the digital DL direct from Amazon. Turbotax does a really nice job importing your return from last year. I always e-file with Turbotax and it is very seamless. Also has the option to save a PDF version of the return.

    Never used H&R, so can't comment.
  8. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I switched from TurboTax to H&R Block about 5 years ago when the former instituted a troublesome anti-piracy measure that prevented printing returns on a second system. I don't think they do that anymore, but Block's lower pricing and the fact they aren't Intuit keeps me with them. My returns are complex with multiple employers, self employment, investments, and retirement income all needing to be factored in. I do occasionally find bugs in Block (I might have found bugs in TurboTax as well!) and it is certainly advisable to know what you are doing and check the final return before submitting if you have anything but a simple return.
  9. zosobao5150 macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2010
    Central Ohio
    I have also been using taxact for the last 4 or 5 years. Never any issues and pretty cheap. It also imports data well.

  10. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
  11. in2tech macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2012
    Downloaded the app from the Mac App store. Is the $29.99 a one time in app purchase and how many family members taxes can you do and how many e-files, or is it $29.99 for each persons taxes?

    Has anyone used the Mac App store Turbo Tax?
  12. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    Used to use TurboTax but Intuit pissed me off so I've been using HR Block for a number of years. In reviews, TurboTax comes out a little ahead but not much. For most filers it doesn't matter as their returns are simple. Most could do fine with the web versions.

    The one thing I dislike about both is the cost for state e-filing. Two years ago my son had to file in two states so got dinged for 2 filing fees.

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