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Posted by on Dec 11, 2008 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

TaxCut Fires Back at TurboTax 2008

Intuit, the makers of TurboTax tax preparation software, were slammed Tuesday by negative reviews on the TurboTax Amazon page after raising the prices of their signature product and reducing its free e-file options.

Widespread coverage of the bad reviews prompted more bad reviews and many former TurboTax customers began looking for alternatives for filing their taxes this year. Where should they go?

Well, H&R Block, the makers of TaxCut, want you to channel your TurboTax anger right to them. They have tried to fan the flames of the TurboTax controversy with a PR effort designed to recruit disaffected TurboTax 2008 customers. Their newest press release seems quite opportunistic, especially considering that their product is still $34.95-$79.95. The press release reads as follows:

“At H&R Block, we understand that in this tough economy, Americans are watching every dollar and don’t want to be surprised by additional tax preparation costs or add-on feature fees,” stated Sabrina Wiewel, president of Digital Tax at H&R Block. “Customers are telling us that they want transparency in pricing and that they appreciate TaxCut’s ‘all you can eat’ versus ‘à la carte’ menu.”

The National Spending Journal Recommends TaxACT this Tax Season

The National Spending Journal Recommends TaxACT this Tax Season

TaxACT, produced by 2nd Story Software, offers free e-filing and tax preparation software online. Tax preparation with TaxACT ranges from a free option to an Ultimate package that is $16.95. This is significantly less expensive than the new TurboTax price of $54.95 (plus the price of additional e-files) or of the price of TaxCut ($34.95-$79.95). TaxACT also guarantees that your return is accurate, so you are getting a high quality tax return for less.

The National Spending Journal recommends TaxACT for your tax preparation and e-filing needs this year.

  • Janice

    Good Post.

    This will be my first year filing taxes online. Will try out TaxAct I suppose. I used HR B for taxes last year (I went to the stores) but I want to try something online and it seems like TaxACT is the better deal.

    -Janice

    “I’d climb the highest mountain for you, but I do get nosebleeds.” (Unknown)

  • Alvaro

    I’m confused: what is the free e-file part of these packages and what costs? I feel the pricing from all parties is pretty confusing….!

  • http://www.shoeboxed.com Dan Englander

    Alvaro,

    Free e-filing is the part of your tax preparation where you actually send your electronic tax forms to the IRS.

    TaxACT provides free electronic federal income tax filing for all users. They broke with other members of the Free File Alliance who negotiated a new agreement with the IRS in 2006 to restrict free filing offers only to income tax filers with incomes less than $50,000 (From Wikipedia).

    Other companies will provide a certain number of free federal e-files as well, depending on the package you are purchasing.

    Hope this helps,

    Dan

  • Mando

    It seems that when I read all reviews from TubroTax people are talking about the way TurboTax asks you questions to get the maximum refund from your hard paid taxes……Does TaxAct perform the same way? And does it give you the Risk of safe/audit ratio?