I'm here with Anya who beat us all to the punch when it comes to doing your taxes, she is the true early-bird and has already filled out her tax return on not just one online filing service but two, and we're here to find out which one she liked better. TurboTax offers a lot of reporting options, and TaxAct provides a variety of helpful resources, including access to tax deductions and credits. You can still also your federal refund on a , just without any extra cash. Prior to the 2016 tax year, TaxAct underwent a cosmetic overhaul that improved overall readability, especially on small screens. Thanks for the Heads up on these changes. The TurboTax package has tools designed to import information about investments and additional income.
Eastern on weekends during tax season. Note: TaxAct has a TaxAct Basic+ tier this year that falls between Free and Deluxe. However, some extra perks can make it faster and easier to complete your taxes. As easy as TaxAct is to use, I did discover some minor issues. The checklist page does exist, however—I was able to find it by using a search field that appeared on the Page not found page. After comparing, simply click get started to be one step closer to finishing your taxes! See pros and cons of TurboTax vs. In the sense it doesn't make you set up an account right away, you can kind of go through it, it does ask you if you want to upgrade, but it just feels less insistent, less making your second guess yourself essentially.
Visit to find the nearest participating office or to make an appointment. Fees for other optional products or product features may apply. Which is why we look at features and ease of use — we want to know which offerings are least likely to make you want to pull your hair out. All prices are subject to change without notice. We already talked about the , which looked at the features each company is offering right now. These cards come with fees, so be sure to factor that into your decision.
You may want to consider other options like TaxAct, or. Valid at participating locations only. Basic Edition — Includes all the features found in the Federal Free Edition with the addition of access to basic deduction-identification tools and improved support. See our full for a complete analysis. Which deductions should the best tax software offer? This tier is many geared towards homeowners, investors, and some side hustlers. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.
However, the time and expense of preparing with each service does vary considerably. Both let you use your refund to pay for your tax-prep fees. She was downright confrontational and raising her voice, and I in turn raised mine — and then she told me that I was raising my voice and if I continued she would have to hang up on me. An additional fee applies for online. Valid toward the preparation of a 2017 personal income tax return.
The table below compares the main components of each contender, not a breakdown of every feature these companies have to offer. Release dates vary by state. TurboTax ® and Quicken ® are registered trademarks of Intuit, Inc. An effective, simple way is to list the strengths and weaknesses of both solutions side by side and check which app is better. At least I did not have to start the process again for this error.
So they were both very similar in that, they both had very intuitive interfaces that kind of keep the process flowing and also answer questions along the way as you're going through it. Both cardholders will have equal access to and ownership of all funds added to the card account. Additional qualifications may be required. So, this was a case where I had to be smarter than TaxSlayer to make sure my information was correct. Luckily for these three programs, my federal and state tax liabilities have always been identical across the board.
Thanks for letting us know. Haven't found a deal on TaxAct or TurboTax this year yet. Standard live chat hours apply 10:00 a. Most features for the least money. TurboTax offers the plan, which is recommended for those who want to maximize their deductions. As such, you may be able to find cheaper pricing online from retailers.