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1. TurboTax Deluxe 2004 Win/Mac
$69.95 $45.00
2. TurboTax Premier 2004 Win/Mac
$29.95 $21.75
3. TurboTax State Multi-State 2004
4. TurboTax Basic 2004 Win/Mac
5. TaxCut 2004 Premium for Macintosh
$29.95 list($49.95)
6. TurboTax Deluxe for Mac 2003
7. TurboTax 2001 Deluxe
8. TurboTax Deluxe for Mac 2002
$10.00 list($39.99)
9. Moneydance
10. TaxCut from H&R Block 2001

1. TurboTax Deluxe 2004 Win/Mac
list price: $39.95
our price: $39.95
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Asin: B00062AKK2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 4
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  • Tax preparation software with step-by-step guidance and free electronic filing
  • Extra help for mortgages, charitable contributions, and other important deductions
  • Assistance from official IRS publications and expert video advice
  • Updated life events planner; medical expense expert; complete tax library
  • Double-checks return for accuracy; compares last year's deductions to this year's

2. TurboTax Premier 2004 Win/Mac
list price: $69.95
our price: $69.95
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Asin: B00062AKWK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 44
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  • Tax preparation software with step-by-step guidance and free electronic filing
  • Help and advice for investments, Schedule C businesses, and rental property
  • Extra guidance on business asset depreciation and home-office deductions
  • Assistance with reporting stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Maximize 401(k) contributions without decreasing take-home pay

3. TurboTax State Multi-State 2004 Win/Mac
list price: $29.95
our price: $29.95
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Asin: B00062AL06
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 34
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  • Step-by-step guidance for completing state taxes
  • Asks simple questions and completes state-approved forms
  • Transfers data automatically from TurboTax federal return
  • Automatically performs all calculations for convenience
  • Double-checks for errors and omissions

4. TurboTax Basic 2004 Win/Mac
list price: $19.95
our price: $19.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AKIO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 64
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  • Tax preparation software with step-by-step guidance and free electronic filing
  • Imports data from Quicken, QuickBooks, and Microsoft Money software
  • Puts answers on IRS-approved forms; double checks return for accuracy
  • Includes latest tax law changes; download and import W-2 and 1099 forms online
  • Assists calculating optimum withholding situation for personal needs

5. TaxCut 2004 Premium for Macintosh
list price: $39.95
our price: $39.95
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Asin: B0006462MK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: H&R Block
Sales Rank: 386
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6. TurboTax Deluxe for Mac 2003
list price: $49.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000EI9C2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 1879
Average Customer Review: 2.43 out of 5 stars
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  • Tax software guides users through IRS returns
  • Interview-based wizard system
  • Up-to-date with latest federal tax law
  • Checks math and audit flags
  • Includes tax publications and expert advice

Reviews (21)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great product, lousy company--never got refund for state
I give Turbo Tax 5 stars and Intuit 1 star, averaging to 3 stars.

I've used Mac'N'Tax (the Turbo Tax predecessor that Intuit bought out) and Turbo Tax since the late-80's--so that's a lot of returns. The product has worked very well for me, with only a few complaints. The ability to roll forward your tax information year after year is one of the compelling features of Turbo Tax--once you set up a depreciation, or have credits that carry forward, Turbo Tax populates this information in next year's return.

However, I have found Intuit to have become less friendly and more work to deal with as the year's have gone by. If you end up needing technical support your entire experience with the product will probably be soured. In 2003 even though the "Deluxe" product advertised that it came with a free state product, you had to pay to download and then send in the voucher to get your money refunded. Quite annoying, but the real kicker is that the refund never came and Intuit was pretty much unresponsive to my attempts to follow up.

I will probably continue using Turbo Tax because the product is solid (at least for me...I see others have had issues), and because once you've got your tax information in for one year, the next year and the next year after that you keep reaping benefits. I just wish some other company would buy the product from Intuit so I could quit dealing with them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Now if they'd stop charging a premium for Mac users.
Regarding the C-Dilla issue... this is the statement from Intuit, makers of TurboTax. Keep in mind, it was never in the Mac software anyway.

"In response to customer feedback, we have removed the technology from TurboTax 2003 products. In addition, Intuit is changing its policy and updating the TurboTax software license agreement, enabling customers to use TurboTax software to install, prepare, file and print multiple returns for themselves and their family from multiple computers."

I've always found TurboTax to be a very good product. If this C-Dilla issue proves to have been resolved, it may be again. However, their insistance that they need to charge a 25% premium for the Mac version is just foolish.

5-0 out of 5 stars saves my sanity every year!
I have been using TurboTax (formerly MacInTax) for 6 years now, and it gets better every year. Beginning last year, I did the electronic filing and I couldn't have been happier with the results. Philosophical arguments notwithstanding regarding doing this electronically, I did get an e-mail response from Quicken saying everything went through and 2 days later a response from the IRS that they had received my return. I always used to put off filing my taxes until the last possible moment because I dreaded reading all the details and filling out the complicated boxes with the vague instructions. It's not something you want to get wrong. I have never had a tax preparer do my taxes for me - I've always done my own since I was 17, but procrastination has always been my enemy, even when I had a juicy refund coming to me.

TurboTax takes the chore and bore out of the process. Each aspect of the software has little checks to make sure you're doing everything correctly. I was able to import my data from previous returns to save loads of time filling out stuff that doesn't change from year to year as a rule.

The software takes you dialogue by dialogue asking you questions like "do you own any stocks?" and if not, you skip the all the related questions so you don't have to muddle through things that don't apply to you. Everything is in concise categories.

Anytime you have a question, you can click on the help button for specific, context-sensitive information. The major sections have built-in QuickTime videos of professional tax experts explaining the latest tax laws and what the IRS is looking for, etc. etc.

When you're about all done, it does an error check and automatically goes through everything on your return and will tell you if anything on your return contains errors or otherwise will raise a red flag with the IRS and make you more vulnerable to an audit.

After filing my taxes with Turbo Tax, I got my refund deposited into my bank account electronically within 6 days. For those who are not expecting refunds, but rather have to send payment to the IRS, you can set up your payment so that it gets sent at the last possible moment on April 15, even if you file much earlier.

When you first install the software, it first checks with Intuit's servers for any updates and allows you to download State Tax software for free (if applicable). Fortunately, there are no state income taxes in Texas (yea for us!).

I am using a nearly 6-year-old Mac running (albeit slowly) Panther (10.3.3) and the software ran like a champ.

1-0 out of 5 stars Updates a nightmare, no customer support
I've used Turbotax ever since the MacInTax years, and the software was always easy to use and update--until now. Using an iMac with OS 9.2.2 and Turbotax Deluxe 2003, over a 56K modem the update that promises to take "just a few minutes" actually takes about 120 of them, that is, if something does not crash on you first. The updates would apparently install successfully but the program kept telling me, "You've never checked for updates"--and refused to let me fill out form 4652 for Depreciation based on that. After attempting the download at least three or four times, I ordered the "update on CD". It took 10 days to arrive. After installing it, the same error message appeared again. Also, apparently the "update" does not put obsolete files into the trash. Therefore, finally after several 'Update" attempts I ended up with several folders and did not know which files were up to date or which files my program was pointing to. So I spent several hours going through all the folders manually comparing file creation dates. This enabled me to finally complete form 4652 but after finishing the State return, I once again received an error message, "You've never checked for updates". All I've spent the last three weeks doing is checking for updates!

The State return was very disappointing also, because, if you need to quit in the middle, the software cannot remember where you left off--so you may have to click through literally tens of screens to get back to where you were.

Intuit's online "support" was a pointless waste of hours and hours of even more time. With this year's product being so unsatisfactory, I simply could not justify sending Intuit a single penny more to get it working. I shouldn't have to. I began my tax return at the end of February. Now it is April 13 and I still have not got this garbage product running.

Next year I won't mind spending hundreds of dollars more to take my taxes to an accountant. Time is money too, and life is way too short to waste any of it trying to fix a product that ought to have been debugged and finished BEFORE it was shipped.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't expect to import '02 TaxCut data!
Despite assurances from TurboTax customer service that I could import data from last year's TaxCut (ever try to manually enter years of depreciation?), I found that he forgot to mention the details. You have to find a PC computer with PC TurboTax, import the TaxCut data, then transfer that file into your Mac for use. Just a slight omission!

Now after having no other choice but to also purchase '03 TaxCut, I can honestly say I'll never buy an Intuit product again... ... Read more

7. TurboTax 2001 Deluxe

Asin: B00005R85J
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 3717
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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TurboTax Deluxe for Mac includes enhanced features to help you save time and maximize tax savings. The new Tax Law Advisor shows how the new Tax Relief Act will affect you in 2001, and helps you plan smart tax strategies to prepare for future provisions as they're phased in over the next few years.

The included official IRS publications have been updated, giving you instant access to information direct from the source. Get special tax-saving tools to help you save money in the future. TurboTax Deluxe for Mac gives you a tax savings action plan filled with tips customized to your tax situation. You can print it out and refer to it all year. Plus, Life Events Planner lets you see in advance how major life event changes will affect your tax situation, and Tax Strategy Manager reveals smart tax strategies to reduce your tax burden.

The complete tax library includes more than 1,000 pages of easy-to-find onscreen references, Money magazine's Income Tax Handbook, a tax Q&A, and video tax advice from top financial experts. Instant data entry automatically retrieves W-2 wages, 1098 mortgage interest, and 1099 investment data from participating employers and financial institutions, then enters it in the right forms, eliminating manual data entry and simplifying tax preparation. ... Read more

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product to do your taxes BUT...
Here's the deal with this. True, this is one excellent product to complete your taxes, and assist in finding you deductions and credits that you would not otherwise think of. However, the rebates are MAIL-IN and take about 6 to 8 weeks of waiting, if not more. Also, Intuit plays a Catch-22 when it comes to the package deal of Quicken 2002 and Turbotax 2001. You can only have a rebate on the combo offer ($30) or the upgrade offer from Quicken 2001 ($20). It would be much better if you could have BOTH rather than one. One of the best features of this program are the Quicktime movies of the tax consultants detailing the relevancy of the new tax laws to YOU. For example, if you have children, one of the tax consultants explains to you the details of the deductions. Lastly, I like the fact that you can e-file both tax returns, but the bad thing is that you have to PAY for BOTH (or if you want to file one electronically, then you have to PAY for it!). All in all, this is a good tax program -- but be sure to follow the rules of the rebates and CASH them in ASAP!

4-0 out of 5 stars Like Aspirin For A Headache
Taxes are always a headache (unless you happen to be employed by the I.R.S.) TurboTax Deluxe/Mac is a real pain reliever. It can figure out the forms you need to use. It can figure out if you qualify for credits. It will find missed deductions and it can explain everything to you.
It will figure your taxes, fill out the forms for you and allow you to file electronically.
You need to download your state tax forms (or order a CD or diskette for an extra fee.)
Federal e-file is a breeze and, for the first time, painless.
State electronic filing varies by state. (New York is still a bit behind the times; you still have to mail in a form with your signature.)
Overall this package is worthwhile. If it saves you any money on your taxes, it pays for itself. It also provides a good starting point for future tax filing (yes, unfortunately, taxes will be with us for a long, long time.) It's ability to retrieve data from previous years' TurboTax/MacInTax is useful and if you happen to use Quicken, it can import data from there as well.
The movies are a bit boring, but sometimes contain useful tips. (Intuit, how about hiring an actor to read from a script?)
One really nice feature is audit alerts. It can determine (statistically) if your tax return is likely to trigger an audit. (You DID keep receipts for those "business" dinners, didn't you?)

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes doing your taxes far less stressful
As we all know, the 1040EZ Short form is neither short nor easy. Even for those of us who have been doing our own taxes since we flipped burgers at the local fast food joint when we were 16, we know that taxes are no picnic.

And it seems the more you own and/or the more you make, the more complicated it becomes... especially if you want to write off the bags of clothes you donated to your church or the money you just gave to your favorite non-profit.

Installing the application just takes a couple of minutes. All you have to have with you when you start the application is:

1.) Your name (you hopefully know this one)
2.) Your social security number (your card, if you don't have this memorized)
3.) All of your end of year statements from your bank(s), places of employment, mortgage company, stockbroker, etc.
4.) All tax-deductable receipts.

Depending on how you answer certain questions, you will be taken from one screen to another, and "interviewed" by different tax professionals that explain why a certain item can be written off and why another one can't. At any time, you can click on a help button to get a context-sensitive video explaining the area in question.

They continue to update this software after January 1st, so before you start churning away, make sure you connect to the Internet and download the latest updates.

If your state has its own Income Tax, you can download one free state module from the manufacturer and the software itself can be deducted from your taxes!

In about 45 minutes, I entered all pertinent information and answered all dynamic interview questions with the click of a mouse... and had my return sent electronically to the IRS. I got my refund electronically deposited in my bank account in less than one week!

This software prevents pain... the pain of waiting until 9pm on the night of April 15 to even start fiddling with your taxes, and then the mad dash to the all-night post office to drop it off before midnight. I no longer dread doing my taxes (only paying them) and I have TurboTax to thank for that. I no longer go from one library to the next and to one post office to the next trying to find extra copies of books and forms.

Obviously, this software is not a replacement for an accountant... if you are in the 6-figure income range or higher, hire an accountant. For the rest of us who don't have yachts, race horses, farms, electric plants, etc., this is the software that makes tax preparation a breeze.

3-0 out of 5 stars TurboTax wasn't as great this year as previous years!
Usually this software performs outstanding in tax preparation, however, this year in particular, I found it was confusing, especially when dealing with the government rebate. The IRS says to not enter the amount you received, but enter what you didn't receive (i.e. if entitled to $300 and only received $160, you should enter $140), this software has you enter what you received and early on, I believe it was affecting the tax refund amount. Online updating is great if you have a broadband connection. ..

1-0 out of 5 stars Download troubles
TurboTax Deluxe does not actually include the state version, although you'll only find that out if you read the teeny tiny print. They have available a download version of the state software, but there are plenty of problems with that and their support services aren't able to help. After an evening of trying to make it work, I have given up. So I recommend against purchasing a download. ... Read more

8. TurboTax Deluxe for Mac 2002
list price: $49.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006UT8W
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 2769
Average Customer Review: 2.28 out of 5 stars
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TurboTax Deluxe for Mac is a tax planning and preparation solution that provides everything you need to file your taxes quickly and easily. The EasyStep Interview process guides you through your return step by step, then double checks for errors and overlooked deductions. Plus, TurboTax Deluxe for Mac delivers a complete set of interactive tools to help you uncover tax-saving opportunities. You'll benefit from smart tax strategies, expert guidance, and a comprehensive tax library.

With TurboTax Deluxe for Mac for tax year 2002 working for you, it can be easier than ever to make the most of the changing tax laws and claim the tax breaks you deserve. Plus, the package includes one free download of a TurboTax State for Mac and a rebate for one free electronic filing.

TurboTax features instant data entry that automatically retrieves W-2 wage data, 1098 mortgage interest, and 1099 investment data from participating employers and financial institutions, then enters it in the right forms, eliminating manual data entry and simplifying tax preparation. Import Quicken data (2001 or later) and bring in separate categories of transactions, like deductions, and preview your entries one at a time.

Note: Free download of TurboTax State is good for one return only. Additional copies are needed for additional states. One free 1040 e-filing is also included after rebate. ... Read more

Reviews (32)

1-0 out of 5 stars Good product gone bad
I used TurboTax in 2000 and 2001; it was simple and error free. But 2000 was a nightmare in several respects. When I tried to locate the self-employed health deduction location, for instance, I simply got a message telling me what had to be done and the software didn't take me there. I had to do a manual override. It kept telling me there were errors (I was using EasyStep) but when I would fix the ones it found it would tell me there were more than before. I opted to download the current upgrades, which, it said, would take just a "few minutes." At 56k it too an hour and a half. Then it printed the quarterly estimated tax vouchers for 2003 with letter across it saying that they required a software update to print properly. We're in July of 2003 and they aren't ready? They have turned a relatively simply and effective application into an abomination. It took me 5 hours to do our simple taxes, and I eventually had to just send the forms off with "error" still being reported. The prior two years I spend about 2 hours using TurboTax.

2-0 out of 5 stars On the down slide
Many errors, awkward. I've used Macintax and turbo tax for many years. This year was the most problem filled one yet. Ane they make the filing rebate harder and harder to collect.
My last year with this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worked nearly flawlessly for me
I have used both Kiplingers and TurboTax products in the past with good results, and this year's effort using TurboTax for Mac was no different. Installation and updates were easy, and with broadband access, I had no problems with download times (including the download of the state version).

Yes, there are a few ads scattered throughout, which was a bit annoying since I'd paid for the product (as opposed to an ad-based online site). But that was a very minor annoyance to me that was no worse than the average web site ads we've all learned to ignore.

I did wait until mid-March to file, in part so as to take advantage of any product updates & bug fixes. That meant starting and stopping work on the return several times, and it was very simple to pick up where I'd left off. I e-filed and got my return through direct deposit in about a week.

The only problem I have is a result of my own carelesness: I lost the rebate form for the state program, and so far cannot find a downloadable rebate form on the Intuit web site.

All in all, I'd have no reservations at all about recommending this product or about buying it again next year. (Used on a G4/400, 384mb RAM, broadband access)

1-0 out of 5 stars 2002 OSX Version a Disaster
I have used Turbo Tax on a Mac since 1997 with good results. I don't know why the 2002 version was such a disaster but perhaps it is related to this being the first one written for OSX. ...

In short, probably my worst software experience in 25 years of using computers. ...

3-0 out of 5 stars OK, but takes too long to set up.
After installing Turbotax the download of the update took about 1 hour and 45 min. on a 56k
modem. Makes one wonder if there was anything on the original disk. ... Read more

9. Moneydance
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00005A9VI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Reilly Technologies
Sales Rank: 6217
Average Customer Review: 3.54 out of 5 stars
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Moneydance helps you keep track of your finances. Manage your money easier with a familiar checkbook-register interface. Advanced features give you the ability to visually track your spending. Custom 3-D graphs and a reconciler tool make it easy to balance your account. Other features include transaction auto complete, check printing, support for multiple accounts, a report generator with export to HTML and printing capabilities, and much more. Moneydance is cross platform and runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, Solaris, Unix, and more. ... Read more

Reviews (13)

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but not worth THAT price!
Since I want to get away from Quicken and MS Money, I looked around for other alternatives and found this one. I almost ordered even before trying demo version because nice reviews of others.

PLEASE TRY the demo version first. And, if you have used any version of Money or Quicken, you'll see what I mean.

It's nicely written program in Java, and cross-platform and all, but it's just lack of so many features that others have. And the interface is simple, but not intuitive or pretty.

Note also that it only supports TWO financial institutions for online-banking: American Express and Discover. Come on. Can't do online banking with regular banks? And online banking is not a feature any more. It's a requirement!

Without online banking and other features, what's the point of using a separate program? Almost all major banks now provide online banking, and use it with any spreadsheet program would do the job the way you want for zero cost. (This is the same for ALL personal finance programs that are missing any major features.)

If you are shopping for a good personal financial software, please check:
1. See if the software upload any personal information to their server. MoneyDance seems like it DOES NOT do this. But I know one program does. Be careful!
2. Online banking: does it support YOUR banks?
3. What other nice features does it have that you CANNOT do in your spreadsheet?

If it doesn't meet above "requirements", then you should use your existing spreadsheet or free spreadsheet program, with your web browser for online banking and financial information.

5-0 out of 5 stars The new way to manage your money!
Moneydance, the newest kid on the block of the personal financial software world. Most people probably don't even know about it yet, but this product is the new way to manage your finances on your computer. Being an unsatisfied Quicken user I decided that it was time to look for something else. After some searching, and wading through a host of unsuitable programs, I came across Appgen Moneydance. The site said that I could download a beta version for free, so I tried it. I was able to import my accounts from Quicken into Moneydance without a problem, and learning the rest of the interface took me all of an hour. I found the interface to be crisp, clean, and very simple to navigate. Setting up an account was very simple, and as I began to use Moneydance, I discovered that it uses double entry accounting, thereby forcing the user to account for the deposits and withdrawals in both their originating and destination accounts. I really appreciated this feature, because it enabled me to track all of my income and expenditures.

The graphing and reporting capabilities of the software were better than I expected. Theses features allowed me to keep a really tight grip on all of my accounts, by showing me the activity in a detailed, broken down format.

The stock portfolio manager was just fine for me. I am not a heavy stock market player, and I found the tools provided to be more than adequate. The only tricky part I found was that I had to create a portfolio account before could enter securities, however, when I tried it, the same thing happened in Quicken.

The feature that struck me as being the most powerful is the ability of Moneydance to run on any platform. This allowed me to work on my account on my PC, and take my saved file over to a friend's Mac and work on it through Moneydance on a Mac. This is an overwhelmingly powerful feature, because I am not limited to the type of O/S that I want to use, I can always keep my program and data.

Overall, I was so satisfied with Moneydance I am going to use it to do all of my finances. I will never go back to Quicken or use any other finance manager. I would give Moneydance five stars and highly recommend it to anyone who asked me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cheap and simple.
I am satisfy with the software for what I paid for. However, importing Quicken exchange files (QIF) that contains multiple dependent accounts that span few years still remains a problem. Not sure how to resolve the issue so I started from scratch and keep my backups as is. A demo can be downloaded from their website. Interface is very clean and simple. Support documents are poor at best.

4-0 out of 5 stars Moneydance NOT out of business
Dear Friends: The Moneydance website says that on Feb. 13, 2003, there was a management change, restoring Moneydance to its orignal managers for marketing, promotion, etc. So this software is not out of business. I have not used it yet, but am curious about it, and am not entirely happy with Quicken or Money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Out of Business
MoneyDance seems to have gone by the wayside. No support, no website, nothing. So waste of damn money. Don't get it- if you're looking for support. ... Read more

10. TaxCut from H&R Block 2001 Deluxe Filing Edition

Asin: B00005T415
Catlog: Software
Publisher: HR Block Financial
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Take full advantage of recent changes in the tax law with TaxCut Deluxe. Get all the features of TaxCut, plus use the mail-in rebates to get one free state tax program and one free electronic filing. Deluxe is filled with tax expertise and guidance, including a tax and financial planning library, tax advice from the experts at H&R Block and Kiplinger, and a new Tax Law Assistant.

TaxCut Deluxe includes a customized tax plan to fit the user's needs and flag problems that might trigger audits. You can automatically import W-2 and 1099 information from participating companies. And you can seamlessly import data from Microsoft Money, Quicken, or last year's TurboTax federal return.

TaxCut can help users take advantage of all the new tax law changes, including the new tax incentives, to help save for retirement or college. TaxCut asks simple questions, automatically selects and completes the necessary forms, and double-checks the return. Then you simply electronically file the return and get a refund faster, or print the return and mail it. ... Read more

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars worked flawlessly for me
Just finished doing my taxes with it. It imported my last year's data with no problems, and continued to work without a hitch. (MacOS 9.2.2, lots of memory). (haven't tried the state version, or printing to an HP printer.) If I had a nit to pick, it would be that the point in Taxcut's interview where you enter your state tax refund begins by saying "Did you or your spousereceive a form 1099-G for2001?" It eventually goes on to mention that this is the place to enter your state tax refund even if you didn't get a 1099-G, but I missed that the first time through.

On my wishlist for Taxcut would be the ability to "print" a PDF of the finished tax return. This is not so pressing, however, as there are various commercial/shareware/freeware ways of getting this functionality, and MacOS X has it built in.

1-0 out of 5 stars Inferior to competitor, omits critical information
After several years of using a competitive product that gave me problems in 2002, I decided to try TaxCut.

I found that TaxCut was much less informative during the interview process. I sometimes needed explanation that was not immediately at hand. I had expected that TaxCut would auto-import data from my brokerage as the competitive product does, but TC didn't provide for that in any way that I noted.

The worst aspect I encountered was when I Efiled. I did so less than 48 hours before the filing deadline. TC provided no warning that there was an IRS acceptance delay. It does not tell whether the filing is delinquent if the Efiling is rejected and a paper copy mailed after the deadline. It does not tell whether the Efiling is delinquent when the required paper signature form is mailed after the filing deadline. H&R Block's lack of information on these critical filing matters is appalling. The online support for this product is profoundly deficient.

I also found the subtle interaction with the software to be inferior to the competition. It is really a poorly designed, dismally supported application.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bug won't let me e-file, customer service no help
I have used Turbo Tax (a competitor to TaxCut) for several years with great success. This year I tried TaxCut because of the lower price, and was seriously disappointed. The program will not let me e-file, because it misinterprets some of my data (details below if you are interested). An email to customer service was never answered. An hour-long call (at my expense) produced no help. A promised return call never came. The final answer from customer service is that I simply cannot efile with TaxCut. The program also crashes occasionally. I have to paper file this year and will never use TaxCut again.

Problem details: My wife and I both work for the same employer and both have dependent care benefits listed on our W2's. TaxCut will not e-file because we have "two employer dependent care providers," even though they are obviously the same care provider with the same name, address, and federal ID number. Overriding these fields also prevents an e-file, so there is no workaround. The information comes straight from the W2's so there is simply no way to avoid the problem if the W2's are properly entered.

3-0 out of 5 stars Tax Cut
After years of doing my returns by hand I decided to break down this year and buy a tax package. I'd really love to give this product 5 stars, but I couldn't print my return (HP printer) and emails to customer service were unanswered. I e-filed which made printing less of a concern, but obviously I'd like to have a copy for my files.

Downloading updates, the state return and e-filing went without a hitch.

I notice from other reviews that there might be a patch available for the printing problem. We'll see.

1-0 out of 5 stars Slipping
This is my second year of using TaxCut. Prior to last lear I had used Intuit tax programs for 8 years. After several problems with Intuit support both MacinTax & Quicken I switched to TaxCut. Last year was fine. This year the installation program failed the first time I ran it. On the second install program installed. When I tried to start it the extensions hadn't installed. I then dragged copies of the extension into the system folder.

Once started only a portion of the last years data was carried forward.

The were additional problems installing both the federal update and the State program.

Also not all print options are available, the left hand bullets don't print, only by selecting groups of individual documents would anything print.

I sent an e-mail to customer support on Feb 23, requesting support on the printing problems, as of Mar 5 no response was recieved.

These problems were encounted running under a new install of 8.6
running on a 604e with 64 Meg memory, and virtual memory tuned on.

If you think twiddling with installs and chasing missing extensions are too much a chore don't buy this product. ... Read more

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