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21. TurboTax State Multi-State 2004
$23.78 list($39.95)
22. TurboTax Deluxe 2003
$19.50 list($79.95)
23. TurboTax Premier Home and Business
$69.95 $59.99
24. TaxCut 2004 Complete Home &
$374.99 list($499.95)
25. QuickBooks Premier: Manufacturing
$189.99 $169.99 list($199.95)
26. QuickBooks Basic 2004
$399.99 list($499.95)
27. QuickBooks Premier Editions 2005
$93.88
28. LOTUS Organizer 6.1 (Windows)
$345.99 list($499.95)
29. QuickBooks Premier 2004
list($279.95)
30. QuickBooks Pro 2002
$189.99 list($299.97)
31. Peachtree(R) Complete Accounting
list($39.95)
32. TurboTax Deluxe 2002
$89.95 $81.95
33. Microsoft Money 2004 Small Business
$24.50 $12.00 list($24.95)
34. TaxCut 2004 State
$19.95 $17.95
35. TurboTax ItsDeductible 2004
$10.86 list($29.95)
36. TurboTax State 45 Multistate 2003
$89.99
37. Quicken(R) 2005 Premier Home Business
$4.50 list($29.95)
38. Quicken 2004 Basic
$62.21 list($59.99)
39. Microsoft Money 2004 Deluxe
list($299.95)
40. QuickBooks Pro 5.0 for MAC

21. 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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Features

  • 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

22. TurboTax Deluxe 2003
list price: $39.95
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Asin: B0000EI99L
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 233
Average Customer Review: 2.04 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 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 (164)

1-0 out of 5 stars Computes Passive Loss Limitations incorrectly
In computing the passive loss accumulation for rental property, it adds in all other passive losses, not just those in the same category.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprised at all the negative reviews
I am so surprised to see all the negative reviews. My turbotax worked fine. I usually do my taxes by hand, but I have used turbotax in the past. I did download any updates that became available. I also got the state version and e-filed for both. All of it went incredibly smoothly. If you just have to fill out 1040EZ it isn't worthwhile, but the auto fill in is a big time saver for 1040 filers, especially if you have to do the capital gains calculations.

1-0 out of 5 stars Turbo Tax 2003 was a COMPLETE RIP OFF!!!
I have used TT for the past 5 years with no problems. This year, however, due to it's software glitch, I received a message on April 18 that the IRS had not accepted my return because it didn't match the info from my 2002 return (which was also filed using TT) and my PIN was incorrect. I had already gone through the update procedures, received verification of my PIN and no changes had been made to my 2002 return. I ended up filing by snail mail and included a letter to the IRS listing all the problems I'd had with TT. I don't even know to this day what is happening with my Fed return. Fortunately, I'm supposed to get a refund (although that may now be eaten up by penalties for late filing).

I also had trouble with the 2003 State version of TT and ended up filing that by snail mail, as well. I just received my State refund so guess that went okay (so far, anyway).

I will be demanding a refund from Intuit for the Fed and State versions of 2003 TT as soon as I find out what happened with my Fed return. I will also demand a refund of the charge they applied to my credit card for e-filing, which never happened. I know others who have had the same problems with the 2003 TT. If Intuit doesn't refund our monies, perhaps a class action lawsuit will persuade them otherwise.

1-0 out of 5 stars Incredible waste of money
I bought this product after using Taxcut for years. Taxcut has gone rebate crazy and I thought I'd give Turbo Tax a try. Bought the product in December of 2003 for some tax planning. It would not read Tax cut files - how incredible. The update to read Taxcut files wasn't available until Jan 2004 and then it would not read state files from Taxcut. Then there was a printing problem where the solution was to manually search font files and manually delete them and reinstall the program. I wound up buying Taxcut to do my taxes. Just for comparison I entered the same data into both programs - TurboTax came up with different results- owed more taxes. Now I remember why I stopped using Quicken and anything else to do with Intuit. How this company stays in business with putting out this kind of software is hard to explain. Stay away.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible Customer Service System
We had problems with TurboTax this year due to the fact it was issued before all the necessary data was available and we experienced complications with downloading the needed info.

As there is no way to contact Intuit via phone, I used the "Chat's Care System" - instantaneous emailing. They told me to return the product for a refund - I was impressed. My return package arrived at Intuit - with confirmation of receipt - but no refund was issued. I contacted Customer Service, via the chat's system again. Customer Service said it could do nothing, had no fax machine at which to receive info, and that Returns has no phone at which I could contact them. Customer service suggested I send a letter to Returns and ended the chat session.

Due to the TurboTax downloading complications, we worked with a tax accountant for the first time this year. I planned to return to TurboTax next year but no longer think so after my experience with Customer Service. Ultimately, I invested time, talked with no one, and left with my problem unresolved. For me, paying a little extra to sit down face-to-face with an accountant who is not only service-oriented, but able to educate me on taxes in the process, is a far better choice than TurboTax. ... Read more


23. TurboTax Premier Home and Business 2003
list price: $79.95
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Asin: B0000EI9BR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 390
Average Customer Review: 2.64 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Tax software for self-employed guides users through IRS returns
  • Interview-based wizard system
  • Up-to-date with latest federal tax law
  • Checks math and audit flags
  • Easily print W-2 and 1099 forms

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars Fair deal considering
I've used TurboTax several years in a row now and once used TaxCut. Frankly, Turbo is easier to use for me after all is said and done. The download for the free state forms was a bit tricky this year, though the reasons are still unclear, but they did eventually download. Our taxes were completed in just a couple of hours, we'll get back a nice tidy refund as always. I've never been too particularly fond of Microsoft's TaxCut with all it's pushy pitches to get their other software programs so this was the best answer for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars A no hassel software program
After a diasterous last year with Tax Cut, several computer crashes and rollbacks to 98SE, I did not think I had much of a chance with TurboTax this year. Although I could not transfer my last years Taxcut info to Turbotax this year, I could not even open last year's saved Taxcut data with Taxcut! I had to enter my basic information and from then on I had no problem with the downloads, electronic filing and direct deposit. The schedule C, depreciation and deduction information were all very helpful. Highly recommended

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware E-Filing With TurboTax
I'm a sole proprietor who has used this version of TurboTax for a few years and liked it immensely in the past. This year though, I got caught by a software glitch that made an unauthorized $2,300 direct debit for this year's first estimated tax payment from my bank account. I'm in graduate school and working less this year, so this hurt. Luckily my bank stuck with me to get the claim processed, but my initial customer service from TurboTax was horrible. They've finally realized their snafu and sent me an email with an actual customer service number to call that doesn't have a $20 fee attached to the call. I called and they promised to refund any overdraft charges and give me a free version of the product for 2004. They say they're fixing the problem, that only .25 percent of their customers had the problem, but I will never e-file through them again. Not sure yet about using TurboTax again.

4-0 out of 5 stars complicated returns? this is your best choice
PC version on Win XP. I only used for my personal return and this is my 3rd year with turbotax product. It is the only one that has any chance of handling more complicated returns with business income- none of the others even listed the forms I need. This year there was a glitch with form 6252- it imported data from last year but did not prompt me in the interview. I called support on tax day and had a live person within a few minutes. Later I used the chat for a follow up question.
service- 5 stars
software- 4 stars
overall value- 5 stars
I completed a complex return and 2 others a little less complex in less than a day. The help window on the side and other pop-ups (on request) answered every question I had (other than software issue) I also recommend "It's deductible" which integrates wonderfully with turbo and pays for itself many times over.

1-0 out of 5 stars opaque and useless
If you need to file a schedule C, or live in New York State, I would suggest spending your money on the services of a tax professional rather than this cripplingly flawed piece of software. (Based on my past years' experiences and several comparative reviews I've seen of the 2003 software packages, TaxCut is even worse!) The interview questions are confusingly worded for Federal, but are completely opaque for State, as if the questions were pulled directly off the state IT-201 form. I thought these programs were supposed to explain things. The help links skip definitions of many key terms, and are almost wholly absent from the State questionnaire, where examples and explanations are most needed, especially when tax is computed differently from the federal rates. What's worse, the State program asks for data that was already entered in the Federal questionnaire without even giving a worksheet or line number to refer to! If you go back to Federal and look it up, watch out: you'll have to answer every State question again to get back to the screen you had reached. There is absolutely no point to using this program. Go see an accountant -- you will thank yourself. ... Read more


24. TaxCut 2004 Complete Home & Business
list price: $69.95
our price: $69.95
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Asin: B0006461NU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: H&R Block
Sales Rank: 328
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25. QuickBooks Premier: Manufacturing and Wholesale Edition 2004
list price: $499.95
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Asin: B0000EI9VZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 4234
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Features

  • Financial management system for manufacturing and wholesale businesses
  • Easy menus help set up invoicing, recordkeeping and more
  • Easily manage accounts payable and receivable
  • Integrate financial systems
  • Advanced accounting, inventory and asset tools

26. QuickBooks Basic 2004
list price: $199.95
our price: $189.99
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Asin: B0000EI9V5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 765
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Financial management system for businesses
  • Import data from popular office software
  • Tools for invoicing, paying bills and tracking expenses
  • Easily create forms and reports
  • Simple guides for most common business procedures

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars sad
Poor support. No support, even the free stuff without handing over your credit card first. Updates are just charges for new version numbers. You can't use the payroll system without paying for their monthly service. Irritating pop-ups trying to sell you more stuff while you are trying to do book work. And yes I still own it and have for a few years. It has its good points. Pretty easy to set up and use. Kinda stuck at the moment. Believe it or not I switched to this from a worse program, Peachtree. My only salvation is I only need it for two more years then it goes in the trash.

1-0 out of 5 stars QuickBooks - 2004 release is just a waste of money
It's amazing that a company can sit for 3 years and add SO little innovation.

Having used quickbooks for over 5 years i am really dissapointed with the the 2004 release. It's basically a re-wrap of a product from over 4 years ago. Definately NOT worth the value. Consider other options unless you are absolutely stuck.

Nothing to look forward to in this version.

1-0 out of 5 stars A RIP-OFF!
I will be sooooo glad when some other company besides Intuit comes up with a quality accounting program. Intuit's greed is really getting out of hand. I was basically *forced* to buy this new 2004 version due the "sunsetting" (their own stupid term) on Business Services for the 2001 version. Business Services is crucial to my job, because I'm constantly e-mailing invoices, which, of course (!) has to be done through Quickbooks Business Services. I was totally happy with my 2001 version and did not have any other need to upgrade! This should be against the law. I used to just enter paycheck amounts by hand (I did not want to shell out for tax tables, because we only have 2 employees, and let's face it it's not that hard to do yourself for just 2 employees), but not anymore! Now I'm being *forced* to subscribe to a payroll service! And I can only presume that this is the way it's going to be every few years...shell out a few hundred bucks for this garbage even when you don't need it, otherwise they won't provide Business Services to you...like I said, a RIP OFF!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and underperforming.
Buyers beware! QuickBooks will not even allow you to write a simple paycheck! Intuit makes you sign up for their "Do-It-Yourself Payroll" and charges you an additional $169. That's what Intuit calls a "Great Value".
If you run a really small company, look somewhere else for your accounting software. You'll be purchasing a new version of Quick Books every year as well as their "great" overpriced services.

1-0 out of 5 stars Prospective Purchaser Alert
Prospective purchasers of this product would do well to read the customer reviews of Quickbooks Pro 2004 before making their purchase, as many of the same issues should apply. ... Read more


27. QuickBooks Premier Editions 2005
list price: $499.95
our price: $399.99
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Asin: B00062AK02
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 3656
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Features

  • Create a forecast of income and expenses for the year ahead, based on your existing QuickBooks data with the click of a button.
  • Build a professional, accurate business plan more easily than ever.
  • Track inventory assemblies and finished goods.
  • More easily apply payments, such as overpayments, underpayments, credits and refunds.
  • More easily merge QuickBooks data into Microsoft Word [2000, 2002 or 2003] letters and envelopes for quick, professional mailings to customers, vendors or employees.

28. LOTUS Organizer 6.1 (Windows)

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Asin: B0000DFZOC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Lotus
Sales Rank: 601
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Features

  • This stand-alone version of Lotus Organizer has all the tools you need to control your schedule
  • Use it to set up appointments, track your business and personal contacts, and create to-do lists
  • Autodial phone numbers, make notes, and sort your information with just a mouse click
  • Share calendars online to set up meetings and trade schedules through the Internet
  • Area Code Changer helps find all contacts within a particular area code

29. QuickBooks Premier 2004
list price: $499.95
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Asin: B0000EI9UQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 3807
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Features

  • Financial management system for businesses
  • Import data from popular office software
  • Easily manage accounts payable and receivable
  • Create business plans using existing data
  • Advanced accounting, inventory and asset tools

30. QuickBooks Pro 2002
list price: $279.95
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Asin: B00005S8HS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 2795
Average Customer Review: 2.36 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

For most small business owners, keeping up with the accounting is the worst part of the job. A small investment of effort--installing QuickBooks Pro 2002 or a similar accounting package--will almost always save time and hassle in the long run.

QuickBooks is best for those with fairly simple needs--while it's comparatively inexpensive and easy to install, its breadth of features and technical support don't quite stack up against Peachtree or MYOB. That said, there are still plenty of businesses that can make good use of QuickBooks; consultants and others with little or no inventory, for example.

The 2002 version doesn't bring a brand-new paradigm, but does offer some new and helpful features: improved form customization, better report functions, and customer tracking, to name a few. Easy integration with Microsoft Office, Act!, and other key software packages makes QuickBooks attractive to many users; data transfer is especially straightforward. Invoicing, cutting checks, projecting next year's revenue, and just keeping the books in order is much easier with a computer doing the drudge work.

QuickBooks Pro 2002 is the best bet for budget-minded sole proprietors and microbusiness owners. --Rob Lightner ... Read more

Reviews (25)

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
There are reasons to buy Quickbooks. For instance it's a lot cheaper than accounting software for professionals. But why not buy it on Ebay for a fraction of the price from one of the many dissatisfied users trying to get rid of it ?

I recently upgraded my business from Quicken home & business 98 to Quickbooks. I've always hated Quicken for it's array of annoying idiosyncrasies but I'm now locked in with years of transactions. I've spent several days worth of time on Quickbooks, so I'm no expert. However I've run into problem after problem trying to get my accounting practices set up. For instance it simply won't let me enter transactions directly into my foreign account register, despite the help file telling me that I can. And my invoices come out with missing lines and text.

The real problem though, is that these bugs aren't Intuit's problem. They're Intuit's profit. Tech support is not available without paying. Strangely, searching the online help gave me no hits for my problems.

I cannot compare this product with Microsoft Money since I haven't tried that one. Perhaps Quickbooks Pro is still your best bet, but don't pay full price !

2-0 out of 5 stars I purchased A Product From Inuit Software and Scanning
I purchased the software at Stapples (Hamilton Ontario) the software with the cashbox and scanning software for barcodes came to $4,000.00 now I did not know that the suport was for 30 days and that after that I would have to pay over $130.00 per moth (yes I did get a credit for $800.00 not in cheque) but for technical support and after those $800.00 are over my staff told me that we have to pay for it (I was amazed) that a product that cost over $4,000.00 does not even have more extended technical support, correct me if I am wrong but when you purchase a computer and some computers are dirt cheap lets say $1,500.00 you would get technical support for a year or sometimes more. I am not impressed at all with there so called "customer service" I am in the process of opening more stores and I will go look at other providers for software and scanning bar code mechanism.

3-0 out of 5 stars Probably very powerful but needs some simplifying
This may be the best small business accounting software available, but it could still use some streamlining. I started a small corporation on a limited investment. I am not an accountant, so I didn't expect to ace the software on the first day. That said, this version of QuickBooks probably only has about 18 features that I have any use for out of hundreds of available features. The screen is not laid out in a way that is self-explanatory, so finding those features is not automatic. Even those who have used Quicken (Intuit's home finance software) in the past are unlikely to find the interface self-evident. Efficiency is also a concern. QuickBooks opens too many internal "windows" without closing the source window, thus the software eats up memory very quickly. It would be as if every last time you click on a hyperlink while surfing the internet, a new browser window opens automatically. Not good.

How much does QB intimidate? Well, it is April 14th, and I've been putting off doing my taxes because I don't want to have to find and decipher all of QuickBooks' tax related features, side notes, suggestions, and other fringe information.

All of this said, it is fairly powerful software, and I am probably remiss for purchasing one of the more advanced versions of QuickBooks for such a small business. If you have tens of thousands of dollars in extra cash and can afford to automate your accounting processes (such as payroll) through QB's add-on-for-an-additional-investment options, this is probably the software to buy. It is established, it is advanced in its abilities, and it is the industry standard. However, if you're small potatoes, (even if it's hard to admit it), then you might want to consider something a little less involved, like a "dumbed down" version of QuickBooks or maybe MYOB.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horible Support, Even Worse product
Do not buy this software unless you have deep pockets and don't mind spending lots of money on support. I don't want to sound paranoid but this software has bugs built into it to force you to call support. (did I mention the software come with 0 support) not 60 days not 30 days not even 1 day of support is included with the purchase.
And all the great services that the product tells you about cost additional with monthly fees.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you like fustration you'll love this
Quickbooks 2002 is a halfway decent accounting program for small business. Unfortunetly Intuits ridiculus company policy of releasing buggy software and then charging you for them to fix it is most fustrating. Then there are the yearly upgrades that you have to pay for. No , you don't HAVE to pay for a new version each year... it's just that your old version stops working if you have to reinstall it. It will then ask to for a special activation key that you can only get if you ring them up and then fill in a 10 page document( and get it signed by a j.p!!!).
When you vent your fustration and anger, the ever so helpful phone support person will suggest that it would just be easier to upgrade to the latest version for a large sum of money. Yeah, thanks... ... Read more


31. Peachtree(R) Complete Accounting 2005
list price: $299.97
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Asin: B0006BAIWI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Best Software
Sales Rank: 32937
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of these products
I use an older version of Peachtree Complete Accounting (2003)which has developed an error in closing the 2003 year to be able to work in 2004 and 2005. All of the cheques which still show in the payments screens are missing from the account reconciliation screen. Even if you enter new checks they wiil not show on the account rec screen. I called Peachtree, they insisted that it was a data problem so I ran all the integrity checks and the data verification using the -i switch and the repair company to no avail. The guy on the phone did tell me that the info on running these tasks was not in the manual. He was right it was not, it was included in the manuals for older versions though. I think Peachtree deliberately removed these items from the manual so you would have to pay for tech support, and none of them worked anyway. All in all I think Peachtree is giving customers a pretty raw deal on this one. It is a known errata and they refuse to add it to the knowledge base and they insist that you pay for info which rightfully should be part of the manual. I must admit someone had warned me about these data integrity issues with Peachtree a long time ago, but this is my first personal experience with this issue. ... Read more


32. TurboTax Deluxe 2002
list price: $39.95
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Asin: B00006ULHT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 1535
Average Customer Review: 1.65 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

For most users, TurboTax Deluxe 2002 will make April 15 just another day. This incarnation of the most popular tax-preparation title is as streamlined and simple as before, and its integration with Quicken is better than ever. Intuit has striven to make the software easy to use even for those with an aversion to both tax forms and computers. The wizard-based system guides users through each step with plenty of context-sensitive advice.

Installation of TurboTax is just as easy as it's always been. The activation procedure requires an Internet connection, but overall the brief procedure is transparent and painless. Quicken users can swiftly import their financial data, as can those who've used previous versions of TurboTax. Each copy offers free (after rebate) electronic filing and TurboTax State, which can be ordered from within the program. The preparation itself is almost as simple and reliable as going to an accountant; each step and each piece of information required is fully explained. If some financial data is temporarily unavailable, it's a snap to skip ahead and complete the rest while waiting on that information. Once the numbers are all in, TurboTax does the math and instantly releases the news, good or bad. Printing is simple, as is e-filing, and all data can be saved for future reference.

The Tax Library feature is comprehensive and well worth exploring, as it contains all the information users need to save countless dollars and hassles. From IRS documents to professionally produced videos explaining key concepts, the materials are sharply focused and helpful to the broadest range of taxpayers.

For 2002, Intuit has instituted a licensing system that, while mostly harmless, has caused enough problems to become controversial. Each package requires an activation that links the full product irrevocably to one machine and installs background software to monitor licensing compliance. People who want to use more than one computer may do so, but they will have to settle for one fully functional product and one in trial version mode (only printing and e-filing are disabled in trial version). To enable trial version users just need Internet access. This functionality makes it easy to prepare in multiple locations-for example on a laptop and a home PC. When users are ready to file they just need to return their data file to the computer with printing and e-filing capability. This multiple-PC issue shouldn't affect most buyers, and should not alter the opinion that TurboTax is still the best tax preparation package available. --Rob Lightner ... Read more

Reviews (603)

1-0 out of 5 stars Yet another bad review with some history
I started using TT in 1998 by using a friend's disk (stole it). It worked great. Turbo Tax didn't cost too much so starting in 1999 I started buying it. They got me as a customer because they had a good product at a good price and because I was able to try it once free before I bought it. Nothing I hate worse than buying something you can't return only to find out it is junk. The 2002 printer thing made me sware to never use TT again. Thing is they fixed it for 2003 so should we reward their fix this year or punish them for what they did last year?

1-0 out of 5 stars 2003 - No Better than 2002!
Turbo Tax was good last year. But now I have CG (capital gains) and find TurboTax Deluxe doesn't even collect the information. I got so angry so started clicking all over the map and got some message that if I had bought a different version of TurboTax, it would have collected CG information.

I gave up and tried to print my completed return (w/o CG)so I could transfer the information to paper forms that do ask about CG, only to find Turbo Tax won't print!!!!!! My printer and PC are new. There is nothing wrong with them.

1-0 out of 5 stars Software doesnt work properly
Please wait while we find an agent to assist you...
You have been connected to D. Trance.
D. Trance: Hello Joe how may I help you today?
Ted Gibson: It's Ted
Ted Gibson: I'm getting an error with one step update
Ted Gibson: and when downloading tax info
D. Trance: Yes, Ted. I am sorry there was a connectivity error.
Ted Gibson: "The server returned an invalid or unrecognized response Error 67186552
Ted Gibson: how do you fix it?
D. Trance: Okay Ted, in an effort to provide you with an accurate solution to your specific issue, I need to refer to my resources. This may take a few minutes. Are you available to wait?
Ted Gibson: im not going anywhere. Can't finish my taxes until this is resolved
D. Trance: Thank you for staying online.
Ted Gibson: ok
D. Trance: Ted can you please tell me which form are you trying to update?
Ted Gibson: one click update or partner information. none of it works
Ted Gibson: yet. i obviously have a connection since we are chatting
Ted Gibson: what does the error code mean?
D. Trance: Ted, I am sorry to inform that all updates is expected to work from 28 Jan. 2004.
Ted Gibson: i cant even download my tax info from my broker or employer. does that have until the 28th to work also?
D. Trance: Actually Ted, any info. that needs update from the Turbo Tax server is having the issue as if now.
Ted Gibson: After all the trouble last year and now this? Intuit product is going downhill fast. Who do I talk about about a refund for the State product I purchased on;ine? I'm taking this back and buying another product.
D. Trance: Ted, to resolve the issue you will need to contact our Sales and Service department. Please logon to www.support.turbotax.com and then login to chat choosing Ordering and Order status as the main category. You will then need to complete the form and then you will be connected to a Sales and Service Agent who will give you the appropriate resolution to the issue.
Ted Gibson: Which issue? The connection problems or my refund?
D. Trance: Refund.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away!
Turbo Tax has indeed become one of the nightmare products of the year. Their tech support is, well, it isn't. There simply isn't any. No phone number, very weak knowledge base, no email to send to - all they appear interested in is selling lots of their product. They have Chat support, which, so far has never responded to me. Here is, verbatim, the cheery messges you will see while you sit wondering what to do this tax year:
"Please wait while we find an agent to assist you...
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I never have reached a support person. The above message is all I get. Don't waste your time and money!! I cannot even get a copy of last years return which is now critical as TurboTax appears never to have sent in my State return. You are far better off filing a return by hand or with using a competing product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Intuit removes TTax spyware/junkware
"In a victory for consumers everywhere, Intuit recently announced that it will drop the product activation that it initiated in its Turbo Tax product this year. The activation was much like the one used in Windows XP, which scans that user's computer for hardware components and ties the software to that computer. This prevents users from installing the software on more than one computer, and/or lending a copy to a friend or neighbor.

Intuit initiated the activation to try to squelch illegal copying and borrowing. The activation plan, however, did not go as smoothly as the Windows XP activation. Intuit used a program called SafeCast to enable the product activation. When some users saw the SafeCast program being installed without any notice from Intuit, they assumed that SafeCast was a spyware program. Consumers also had a myriad of installation problems with the activation. Many were outraged. At least one purchaser filed suit against Intuit. Customer backlash to the activation plan is said to be the main reason why Intuit will pull the plug on its product activation scheme in next year's version of TurboTax.

This is a victory for consumers everywhere proving that the voice of consumers is heard by large corporations, and that the end-users can make a difference in the way they are treated."

... Read more


33. Microsoft Money 2004 Small Business
list price: $89.95
our price: $89.95
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Asin: B00009L1HQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1768
Average Customer Review: 2.08 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars needs a little help
I've been using MS Money for my personal accounts for years. I like it, and now after starting my own business, I especially like the price of Money Small Business compared to alternatives.

The user from Western North Carolina (mmj...) pointed out correctly that the except for printing, the Invoices are not very professionally looking. He's absolutely correct unless you have the FREE PrimoPDF (from download.com) utility installed.

This extremly handy utility (did I mention it is free!) allows you to save your invoice as a PDF file, that looks just the way you layed it out!

Just select PrimoPDF as your printer, select the name and location of your desired output file, screen or file quality option and you're ready to rock and roll!

This just made my day!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars MS Money Small Business 2004 -
Was I excited that "MONEY" was finally going to make the transition to the Small Business Community?

Absolutely! I have been too busy to want to learn a REAL Accounting program. And I have been using "Money" since the early 90's to balance my checkbook and surely one of the first to use online banking; so the idea that I could integrate invoicing was icing on my cake.

Now for the disappointing reality. While you can make and email invoices and they will be tracked in a receivables account, you will need to create a cash account to receive the money into and then transfer that amount into the account that you download your banking transactions into if you deposit more than one check at a time. Otherwise, you will have double entries in your account. This makes for many extra steps, shuffeling payments here and there.

I would have appreciated this information prior to purchasing yet another version of Money, I could have done this without the Small Business edition. (I think this puts me in the position of Beta testor, and I had to pay for the job.)

Also, I was very disappointed not to find ANY information in either the help files or online. That search in itself was exhaustive.

The help from Microsoft was indeed good. But, I was required to sign up for a "PassPort Account" to communicate with them (not opting for the toll call).

They indicated that it was indeed a problem, and they are working hard to fix it. My wish is that the repair is not a "version upgrade" as this is a definite flaw to a Business package.

Effectively, the only thing that was added to the previous version of Money (I was using Deluxe) was an invoice template, and the ability to change your fiscal year end. (This is something I complained about in Money in the 2002 version.)

I will, of course, continue to use it and I am quite sure that eventually it will be a great ENTIRE solution for a small business, since it already integrates with Excell and TaxCut.

It just needs to do it sooner...

2-0 out of 5 stars "Report" functionality sucks
The reporting feature does not always reflect accurate information. Say, I selected ALL categories to be reported on my Monthly Income and Expense Report, the report came out missing including several categories, and so the total on the report were all screwed-up. If I were not paying attention to that details, I would have been sued by clients for inaccurate billing.

1-0 out of 5 stars Get Quicken Home & Business 2002 or 2003 instead
I tried this software for the first time after getting tired of Quicken's quirks. But after four months of infuriation, frustration, and wasted time, Quicken seems like heaven to me. If this is common for Money, I'll never use it again.
As other reviews have stated, there is no customization at all. If it isn't a selection, you don't get it. Just trying to set up a simple home budget is infuriating enough. You cannot select your catagories if they do not appear in their selection. Instead of being able to make layers of catagories like in Quicken (for detailed budget breakdowns), you are stuck with only one. As for downloading account information, it decides what account and where the download should go and refuses to let you change it--even though it is very wrong. You have to search out where it went and remove every single incorrect transaction one at a time. In sum, I hate this software and it has cost me more lost time than it was ever worth.

2-0 out of 5 stars Business functionality lacking
I run a small consulting company from my home. (Small meaning, just me.) I purchased the Small Business version of this software to help with my business as well as manage my personal finances.

My business is consulting, I sell my time to customers. Although the software supports creating time items for customers, there is no reporting for time items other than create an invoice to print out the current uninvoiced time activity for a customer. This is unacceptable to me. I need to provide detailed time reporting to my customers, as well as a summarized invoice for payment. I'll have to continue to track my time in a spreadsheet.

Regarding invoices, although the software offers "emailing invoices" as a feature, what it emails is a text invoice, and there is no way to print the invoice to a file or word document to email something a bit more professional. Being in the computer consulting business, text invoices would appear a bit tacky.

So, for me, the two main things I do, track my time on consulting projects and invoice my customers via email, are not possible in this software. I have to continue to use spreadsheets to track my time, and word processing to create the invoices to email to my customers.

The personal finances functionality seems to be the same as previous versions of this software, but be very wary about paying the extra $ for the small business feature set. It seems quite lacking to me. ... Read more


34. TaxCut 2004 State
list price: $24.95
our price: $24.50
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Asin: B0006466DA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: H&R Block
Sales Rank: 52
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Features

  • Step-by-step guidance for filing State tax returns
  • Automatically transfers info from 2004 TaxCut federal return
  • Access state instructions directly; entry manager for staying organized
  • Refund/owe meter monitors amount-due changes
  • Option of filing electronically or printing ready-to-file state forms

35. TurboTax ItsDeductible 2004
list price: $19.95
our price: $19.95
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Asin: B00062AKXY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 368
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Features

  • Accurately value donations in compliance with IRS guidelines
  • Values based on extensive research of resale outlets and market data
  • Powerful search tool provides value based on condition and style
  • Instantly transfer into TurboTax; auto-fills donation tax form
  • Easily access IRS publications; prints reports and receipts

36. TurboTax State 45 Multistate 2003
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B0000EI9BW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 877
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Tax software guides users through state tax returns
  • Interview-based wizard system
  • Up-to-date with latest state tax law
  • Checks math and audit flags
  • Contains all the forms users will need

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars If you TurboTax for Federal, you have to try this!
If you use TurboTax to assist you with your Federal income tax return and haven't yet tried the State version, you have to try it. It is definitely worth it!

The State version will automatically read in everything you've already done for the Federal version - which cuts down your time immensely! You have to answer a few State-specific questions, like your county of residence - but you'll be done with the whole thing in about 5 to 10 minutes. Well worth the price to save me that much time and hassle!

A word of caution, however: Although it is labeled "multistate" you actually only get to use it for one state for the license fee; if you want more than one state you will need to call Intuit, pay another fee, and they'll give you a code for the next state.

5-0 out of 5 stars TURBO TAX STATE FOR VIRGINIA ROCKS!
You're a fool if you don't use Turbo Tax State in Virginia. This is my second year using TT and it was even easier the second time around. The new addition imports everything you punched in the year before and therefore takes less time to complete. Since you can't do state without having loaded TT Deluxe, the video on the CD walks you through the process and sends you to the answer if you type in a search. I had absolutely no trouble using TTS in Virginia and had my state and federal refunds within a week of e-filing. Yeah, within a week. (...)

Additionally, by going through the step by step questionnaire TTS reminded me to include charity work and charitable contributions, which increased my refunds. You don't even need to buy the physical product. Once you've loaded TTD or the federal variation, you can download states off the internet.

This product is better than last year. I highly recommend it. You won't be sorry.

My only criticism of TT products is you can only e-file one time per purchase. (...)The secret to fast returns is e-filing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Piece of cake!
Flawless and no problems. I have switched to Intuit because prior programs (Tax Cut and Tax Act) would not allow me to e-file my state return (Arizona), because they did not contain a form I needed for a state credit. Turbo Tax solved that issue last year and this year as well. State program installs with a blink of the eye, and complements Turbo Tax Deluxe beautifully. This was only my second year with Intuit, but plan to 3-peat next year.

1-0 out of 5 stars correcting information in state tax form not possible
I did my federal tax with turbotax delux and my state tax also with turbotax.
I made some errors entering information. The federal form allowed me to make corrections after I was done.
However, the state interview denies me access. Maybe I need to start all over or do it by hand.
The State program is grap. I send an email to the company but did not get any reply.

1-0 out of 5 stars New York Commuter / New Jersey Resident Still Wrong
ATTENTION INTUIT: A BAD free state download is worse than no state download.

Unfortunately, this year's version still does not know how to back out taxes paid to NY State (where I work) and apply them to New Jersey (where I live).

Will you guys just fix this already?!?!?!!!!! ... Read more


37. Quicken(R) 2005 Premier Home Business
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B0002ZHFB0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 37207
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Product Description

Quicken Premier 2005 Home Business helps you easily manage both your business and personal finances. Thanks to more than 100 feature improvements to the most-used features, Quicken Premier Home Business makes it easier to run business reports, manage your payables and receivables, customize estimates and invoices, and more. Track accounts payable and receivable, vehicle mileage, jobs, projects and taxes. It also includes all of the features in Quicken Premier 2005 to help you to manage and optimize your personal finances. Instantly connect to your bank and credit card Web sites with a push of a button. You will have complete, up-to-date records without manually entering your data. Quicken provides a connection to more than 1800 financial institutions.* Stay on top of your investments more easily than ever with an investment area that looks just like a broker statement. Track your investment holdings without taking the time to enter every historical transaction. Its easy to add in transaction details later for tax purposes or performance analysis. See the average annual return for your entire portfolio and individual accounts compared to selected benchmarks for key periods (1 year, 3 year, 5 year). Maximize your net worth over time with the Net Worth Monitor where you ca view the breakdown of your net worth by cash, property or stocks.* Online features require Internet access and are subject to change. ... Read more


38. Quicken 2004 Basic
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B0000A98NJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 455
Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (20)

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst Version of Quicken ...........EVER!!!!!!!
I have used Quicken since the DOS versions, this one is the worst! You cannot change any colors, period, end of discussion! You cannot remove unused, useless toolbars/frames, period, end of discussion! You will have to call tech support! You will have to endure repeated uninstalls/reinstalls! Download a trial version before you upgrade, if you can't configure it the way you want, delete it and move on!

4-0 out of 5 stars Displeased with discontinuation of support
I have a very minor problem with Quicken 2000. It is very functional for all my needs and I am quite perturbed that to get technical support, I am forced to update. I don't need an update. I do need a very minor fix to my present system. Quite simply, the system somehow changed the opening screen and I can find no way of putting it back where it is when you first start using Quicken. I reloaded with the old disc and got the screen I want, but I have to the accounts list under the old load to find prior transactions. As for help, even the 900 number has been changed, so I can't even pay to get this rectified. What a rip-off.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a Piece of Garbage
I have been using Quicken since "Quicken 4" on my Mac. It WAS a great program. This version is okay except for the investment portfolio. It is full of bugs, and is not at all intuitive (ironic, eh?). Further, you cannot simply "fudge" and enter your historical transactions ... so my cash balance is wrong, and impossible to correct. After researching online, it is clearly a bug that Inuit will not even acknowledge.

Hopefully they will get their act together for 2005, otherwise, I'm out of there!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Patch this
I am done with Intuit. Every time I upgrade to a newer version it is full of bugs. Then, when I call Intuit customer support to discuss THEIR bugs, they want a credit card number before giving out any information. HOW ABOUT ENSURING THE PRODUCT WORKS CORRECTLY BEFORE SELLING IT TO THE PUBLIC. I don't care if they EVENTUALLY offer a patch that can be downloaded. I have more important things to do with my time.

I was a loyal Quicken user for more than 8 years; BUT NO LONGER ... their idea of customer service is PATHETIC. I am going to give Microsodt Money a try

1-0 out of 5 stars Stick with Quicken 2002 (maybe from Ebay?)
I was warned!! Instead I thought I could put up with all the small inconveniences of 2004. Every one of the negative reviews is correct and then some. I've been using (and promoting) Quicken since 1996 and updating every other year. 2004 regularly crashes on Windows XP. The investment register is useless for record reviews. The help topics are not useful. I was excited the first time it took me directly to Intuit's knowledge base, until I found nothing in the knowledge base that applied. Their Indian customer service can barely speak English. Not that it matters much since they haven't a clue how solve problems other than uninstall and re-install. The final straw however came today when, during an online update, Quicken corrupted my data files. The only fix for this is to uninstall the program. My fix is to reinstall Quicken 2002 and wait until I see some positive reviews on a new version before buying another Intuit product, even though I'm in for a couple days re-entering data that won't transfer from version 2004.

Laughably, a couple years ago Intuit was used in marketing case studies as a better way to treat customers than Microsoft. Where did those managers go? They now make Microsoft look positively brilliant. Since I have loved Quicken for so long, I really hope Intuit is monitoring these site reviews and will Quickly correct these myriad problems. I'm just glad I didn't post a high recommendation on this product and have to eat those words now. ... Read more


39. Microsoft Money 2004 Deluxe
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B00009L1HM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 989
Average Customer Review: 2.58 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Money 2004 vs. Quicken 2004
I've been a user of Quicken 2001 and this year decided to upgrade. After reading all of the negative reviews on here, I decided to first try MSN Money 2004. It works great, but I wasn't as comfortable with the way things are presented, so decided to also try Quicken 2004 Deluxe. Here are a few thoughts on the two programs:

1. Presentation-wise, I like Quicken better. On the view pages, boxes are lined up with each other, while Money just positions them as there is room. I also like Quicken's graphs and charts a little more, and the fact that Quicken's options allow you to see your net worth on the first page, while Money just shows account values on the first page so you have to click to another screen to see your net worth).

2. On investments, I think Money gives you a lot more information, including information about your best and worst performing investments, etc.

3. I think Money also has a bunch more features than Quicken might, and you get a lot of free options like MSN bill pay, free subscription to Money Magazine, etc.

All said, I think either program is a decent choice. After using Quicken for 3 years, I think I'm just a little more partial to Quicken just because it's more what I'm used to. Otherwise, Money I think gives you more bang for the buck.

Just to let you all know, I haven't had any bug issues with either program. Not sure if the other posters screwed things up on their own or just got early versions of the software that were buggy, but things have been smooth with respect to both programs. I also haven't experienced a bombardment of advertisements as some users are reporting.

3-0 out of 5 stars Try before you buy
As a long time Quicken user, I decided to try out a trial version of Money 2004. I'm glad that it was a trial. I decided not to purchase Money 2004 deluxe.

Both Quicken and Microsoft Money is adequate for balancing your checkbook, and both are excellent for downloading statements from your bank. However, I did find that Microsoft 2004 was easier to setup and easier to setup the online bank stuff.

When you purchase Quicken, you are not locked into an upgrade cycle. My old version of quicken still works. Money displayed a cryptic dialog which led me to believe that Money 2004 would quit working in two years. I'm not sure about that part (they might have been referring to the MSN money feature).

I would recommend you try it out before you purchase it. The trial version is available at the Microsoft website and it is the Deluxe version, without the extra movies and walkthroughs.

I just found Money too pretty, and that navigating to do simple things like reconcile took some learning.

Money 2004 has a feature that will allow you to upload your financial data to the web and access from anywhere. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out the privacy policy whether or not Microsoft will resell your financial data. They certainly don't take any responsibility for the safety of the data.

In the end, however, it will probably boil down to whatever checking software you are introduced to first. If you learn Quicken, you will probably prefer it. The same goes with Money. Feature-wise, they are about the same. Quicken has more reports. Both will work fine for your needs.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful product. Cannot connect to accounts. Over-complex.
First, some background on us. We are very experienced computer users who setup the computer systems used by some of the largest banks around. Yet we cannot get Microsoft Money 2004 to connect to our own personal accounts.

One bug: Money will pull account data from a popular online brokerage, then five minutes later the data will be gone from the UI, even if you force Money to reconnect to the online brokerage.

Another issue: your regular username and password that you use to access an account online, fequently will NOT work with Money. So you need to call each financial institution individually to get connect. Since this is something that few financial institutions deal with on a regular basis, their regular customer support cannot help you and you need to call during special times of the day.

Calling Microsoft Money technical support puts you into India. How would you feel about discussing your personal financial account data with someone in India, where security laws are much more lax compared to the US?

More on security: can you trust Microsoft Money to be without security flaws given all the recent IE issues?

The user interface is incredibly complex and unintuitive. The issue is that all features are thrown at the user at once, rather than being phased-in. There is a deluge of options to scan through. Of course, none of these features work since we can't get basic account info.

1-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating and poorly designed
I have been using checkbook software for over fifteen years, starting with the Mac and Quicken, moving on to various versions of Quicken on the PC. I switched to Money from Quicken at the turn of the year for three reasons: frustration with Quickens bloating features and pop-ups (too much getting in the way), Intuit's policies with Turbo Tax (a protest), and Quicken BillPays interfaces and clunky operation.

Big mistake. Money 2004 was even worse.

I download my statements from my bank using a web and .qif file interface. Money is abysmal at this - it makes almost random matches, it tries to match electronic downloads with DIFFERENT amounts, it does not read or use the information in the .qif file such as payee, and more. It makes more work trying to clean it up than it saves. Not using the data in the .qif file (like payee name) is TOTALLY INEXCUSABLE.

Reconciling is also tons of fun. Reconciling is an important task, since Money's statement download is so prone to errors. First, it tries to clear everything Ihave downloaded for me - have to go through and manually unreconcile everything then start over.

The Help file does not appear to be written for this version of Money - the information just does not match what I see on the screen.

The Payee list gets unweildy and there is no efficient way to prune it - deleting payees you have used only once more than a year ago, for instance.

The list goes on. In a nutshell, Microsoft has ignored the basics of good design needed to maintaining a number of accounts in favor of useless features, strange sound effects and confusing glitz.

I am looking for a replacement ....

4-0 out of 5 stars Isn't this amazing
So you're wondering whether to buy MS Money or Quicken. So you look at this page and read the reviews that say this is the worst piece of software ever written and how they wished they'd bought Quicken. The you go to the Quicken reviews, and surprise surprise, you read essentially the same nonsense from people wishing they'd bought Money. Now, I'm willing to accept there may be some preference, but both pieces of software were given 5-stars by PC Magazine. They said there's little difference between the two, and that both do an good job. I think what we're seeing here is a battle between the software Talaban, not real reviews, similar to the fight between those who swear by PC vs. those who swear by Macs. I've used both Quicken and Money 2004. Both work fine. ... Read more


40. QuickBooks Pro 5.0 for MAC
list price: $299.95
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Asin: B000078V52
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 4130
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

QuickBooks Pro Edition 5.0 for Mac provides advanced tools to manage your business finances. Enjoy the convenience of having all your financial information organized in one place. It's fast and easy to create reports and invoices, track expenses, and more.

QuickBooks is now designed and built to run on Mac OS X. QuickBooks windows and controls, including a revised icon bar, are also designed to be consistent with the Aqua user interface. QuickBooks also works with Mac OS 9.2.2.

Now it's even easier to customize the appearance of QuickBooks forms, such as invoices, cash sales receipts, estimates, and purchase orders. Change fonts, add a company logo, or modify the layout of your forms to suit your needs. Customize reports by modifying the content based on report filters you choose. The new Report Finder helps you quickly select the report or graph you need, with sample onscreen reports. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Getting Better
I currently use Quickbooks Pro for Windows at my day job, at home I use Quickbook Pro 5.0 for Mac for my home based business. The mac version doesn't have all the features that the windows version does, but I believe that they will continue to upgrade (in fact the 6.0 version is just coming out with the ability to convert data back and forth between windows and mac) I have tried Myob for mac, it is ok, but I still believe Quickbooks to be the most intuitive and easy program with very strong features for tracking everything assosiated with running a business. I am on Quickbooks for Windows more than 12 hours a day, so I know very well what features need improving, yet I still prefer to use the mac for my home business. And I will continue to provide them with my feedback for future upgrades. At this point the biggest would be online banking. I can't imagine they would leave that out for much longer. The 6.0 version already has the Windows to Mac and Mac to Windows data conversion which is what everyone in these reviews have been screaming about.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, very, very disappointing
I am a small business owner, happy using Macs and a long time Intuit user. I was delighted Intuit was again "supporting" the Mac platform and was one of the pre-purchasers of QB Pro 5 for the Mac. I assumed, perhaps naively, that since it was the hot new thing, it would have all the old features I associated with Quicken and all the QuickBooks options for which my accountant had been begging so he could play with my files on-line. Instead, I find that this product just doesn't do these things. No, you cannot export data in PC format. No, the accountant cannot enter the program to organize data his way. No, on-line banking is not supported. This is 2003. What small business wants to be without access to on-line banking?

1-0 out of 5 stars Huge Omission Makes QB for Mac Virtually Useless!
I was thrilled when I heard that Intuit was once again planning on reentering the Mac market with a new version of QuickBooks Pro. It's here, but the thrill is gone.
I was looking forward to getting rid of the Windows PC that's taking up valuable space on my desk; it's sole reason for existence is to run QuickBooks. Everything else in the office is done on Macs.
Software arrived, installation went well. I went to my PC and exported my QuickBooks file to a Zip disk, popped the disk into the Zip drive on my Mac and then tried to tell QB on the Mac to import the file so I could get down to business on the Mac. But what's this... a message that says that QuickBooks for Mac cannot read QuickBooks files created on a PC!
As far as I can see, there is no reason for this application to exist. My accountant has a PC and we email my QuickBooks file back and forth on a regular basis. Therein lies the problem.
If Microsoft, Adobe, even Quark files can go back and forth, then why not QuickBooks files? Until true multi-platform accessibility is writtin into QuickBooks, I'd recommend holding off on the purchase of this otherwise solid product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Using OS 9.2.2
Constantly crashes in OS 9.2.2. Will stick with Quickbooks Pro 4...

1-0 out of 5 stars Mac users ...
Any mac user who can afford accounting software [such] as Quickbooks is probably a professional who uses their Mac for their business. Most professional business use accountants. Most accountants use Windows.

QUICKBOOKS 5.0 FOR MAC CAN NOT CONVERT DATA FROM THE WINDOWS VERSION. Thus rendering it useless for anyone on a mac who uses an accountant and needs to transfer data back and forth.

... ... Read more


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