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1. TurboTax Premier 2004 Win/Mac
$69.95 list($99.95)
2. TurboTax Business 2004
$29.99 list($39.95)
3. TurboTax Deluxe 2004 Win/Mac
$39.99 list($79.95)
4. TurboTax Premier Home and Business
$49.93 list($39.95)
5. TurboTax Deluxe 2003
$39.98 list($69.95)
6. TaxCut 2004 Complete Home &
$18.99 $8.00 list($19.95)
7. TurboTax Basic 2004 Win/Mac
$59.99 list($19.95)
8. TurboTax Basic 2003
$0.99 list($29.95)
9. TurboTax State Multi-State 2004
$49.98 list($24.95)
10. TaxCut Deluxe 2003
$68.95 list($19.95)
11. TurboTax Basic 2002
$74.05 list($69.99)
12. Microsoft Money Premium 2005 [LB]
$29.99 list($29.95)
13. TurboTax State 45 Multistate 2003
$21.99 $0.99 list($24.95)
14. TaxCut 2004 State
$9.99 list($39.95)
15. TaxCut 2004 Premium
$15.99 list($19.95)
16. TurboTax ItsDeductible 2004
$0.99 list($24.95)
17. TaxCut 2004 Deluxe
$85.49 $76.99 list($89.99)
18. Microsoft Money Small Business
$19.99 list($24.99)
19. TaxCut 2002 Deluxe Filing Edition
$0.99 list($19.95)
20. H&R Block DeductionPro 2004

1. TurboTax Premier 2004 Win/Mac
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $69.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AKWK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 326
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit, Inc (292582) TURBOTAX PREMIER V2004 WIN/MAC $20 IN-BOX REBATE, OFFER VALID FOR PURCHA ... Read more

Features

  • Maximize 401(k) contributions without decreasing take-home pay
  • 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

Reviews (32)

2-0 out of 5 stars Intuit Customer Support Lacking
Received TurboTax Premier disc from Amazon.During installation, kept getting different installation errors.Intuit website posted SEVERAL options as work-arounds.Spent too much time trying to fix what ended up being a defective disc.On-line chat w/ Intuit rep was frustrating, at best.Intuit would not ship replacment disc direct since Amazon is not an "authorized" seller.Amazon shipped replacement disc (took too many days, Amazon).
Response on Intuit's website about TurboTax completely unacceptable.Defective product and not ready for market.Have used TT for 15 years - won't be using it next year.

1-0 out of 5 stars turbo tax premier 2004
Bummed I couldn't find the home and business (guess their not making it anymore) This program wouldn't allow me to import information from previous years. I've always been able to transfer from last years Turbo tax home and business forms. I had to re-type everything manually. No prompt to do it and when I went to the pull down menu I couldn't prompt it to import data. Not user friendly, it used to be better.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother...
I think this program was written by a 12 year old; the interface and style of the program are poorly done.Furthermore, this program installs spyware on you're computer, which causes the computer to crash when you switch between useres.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but gets the job done
This was my first year doing taxes for myself.I've always been skeptical about using software to get them done, so I usually pay too much to a CPA to do them for me.After a lot of encouragement from friends I decided to give this a try.Other than some ESPP sales, my return was pretty simple.I bought the Premier version.

What I liked:

- Nice interview process.Of course, it helped that I had prior year returns that had been prepared by a professional, so I kind of knew what the questions meant.
- Easy import of W2 and 1099 information.
- A check to make sure the return contained no errors.
- Online support from Intuit was very prompt.

Some things I would have liked to see:

- There's a screen where it tells you how much you can contribute to a Roth IRA, but it doesn't put the information on the instruction sheet when you print the return for filing.That would be useful.

Bugs that I encountered:

Basically lots of printing-related bugs.
- When I tried to print from the file->print menu, and asked it to print a return for filing, it only printed the federal return.I had to go to the "print" tab and print return for filing to PDF, and then it printed both federal and state.
- I had the same problem when using the file->print menu to print a copy of the returns and worksheets for personal records.So I just printed the federal portion using this.
- The method for printing the copy for records (including worksheets) to pdf was not as straightforward as when printing the return for filing.I couldn't figure it out so I used Intuit's online support.However, even thought I followed the instructions from them, I found that it did not print all of the worksheets.I contacted them about this and was told to just print to paper.So I have to live without a pdf copy of my return containing all the worksheets.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Well and is Easy To Use
I purchased TurboTax Premier and the state software. I was able to do a joint tax return of moderate complexity in one afternoon. The prompts and other messages were very helpful. I recommend this software. ... Read more


2. TurboTax Business 2004
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $99.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AKZ2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 216
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit, Inc (292594) TURBOTAX BUSINESS V2004 WIN $10 IN-BOX REBATE, OFFER VALID FOR PURCHAS ... Read more

Features

  • Comprehensive Business Tax Library; checks for accuracy
  • Software for corporation, partnership, and fiduciary income taxes
  • Step-by-step guidance; easy-to-understand language; simplified navigation
  • Prepare and print W-2 and 1099-MISC forms for employees and contractors
  • Automatically import and easily edit QuickBooks data for 2003 or higher

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Itworked just fine for me!
Frankly, I'm surprised by the naysayers that reviewed this item on Amazon.com.
This is the second year I've used TurboTax products, and I'm quite satisfied. Having switched from Mac to PC when I opened my business, this is one of the few things that actually made me like using the PC.
In total, I've purchsed three TurboTax titles and can honestly say that they are easy to use and worth purchasing.

5-0 out of 5 stars JUST LIKE TURBO TAX - PERSONAL
I read the reviews about TurboTax Business and they are all lies.I took my chance and WON.I've NEVER done Corporate Taxes for my Business and this made the process as easy as my Personal Taxes.It answered every question I needed to know (even my penalties).I can only assume that the reviews were done my Tax Accountants who don't want to lose business to TurboTax.

The software is EXACTLY like the Personal Edition but with different questions and descriptions relating to Corporate Taxes.Now that I understand which forms to fill out and what I can deduct I can better plan for 2005.When you have a question about a segment, click the 'Get Answers' Button and it gives you more information.I'll be using TurboTax for 2005.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save Your MONEY!!! -- NO VALUE ADDED!!!Shame on INTUIT!!
If I could give it 0 stars I would!

This was the first year that I tried TurboTax for Business.I had very high hopes.I needed some hand holding through the complexities of Corporate Income Tax reporting.

In the past, I have been very pleased with the PERSONAL version of TurboTax and thought that the business version would be comparable if not better given the price that was nearly 3 times as much as the personal version.

Boy was I wrong!This software is the biggest piece of rubbish I have ever purchased.I was hoping to get a little extra insight into the actual calculations and be guided clearly through some of the deductions, income, and myriad other data input requirements.This product was nothing more than an automated IRS form.Literally, the software goes through the 1120 form and asks the same questions in the same order.If you are confused by the IRS form, you will get no help from TurboTax.When you need more clarification, the HELP button basically duplicates the words from the IRS Publications/Instructions.Heck, the program doesn't even automatically determine whether you file the 1120 or the 1120A (Short form) based on your input.Something that would be quite simple to do.If you wish to change later to the short form, it won't even transfer the data to the condensed form.You have to reenter everything.(Assuming you can find where to select the 1120A -- I haven't found it yet.)

Bottom line:THERE IS NO VALUE ADDED BY THE PROGRAM.

I am completely capable of reading the IRS forms and following their instructions.I didn't need to spend $100 on a software package that makes me do the same thing.

Somewhere in the halls of Intuit, a marketing executive is making a tidy bonus because year after year he gets suckers like me to buy their "Business" tax software.They certainly know that they are playing off the good name of their personal tax software and duping people into thinking the Business version will be just as good.Believe me when I warn you, "It's NOT!"Save your money!Do it by hand or hire an accountant.You will be much happier.

Shame on Intuit!Now I am off to rethink my choice of TurboTax for my personal taxes. The goodwill is gone!Kiplinger/HR Block will get my business now on.

Burned and Hurting

1-0 out of 5 stars never again
A horrible, buggy, user-unfriendly program.First, you spend several hours fighting with the installation and update process trying to get the program to work.Then, you spend more time (much more time) triple checking the calculations and having to override turbotax's calculations in order to get the correct values to appear.

1.If you don't have a decent understanding of the underlying tax rules and aren't familiar with the tax forms, you're playing with fire if you go through the interview and think that turbotax is going to output a proper tax return.If you don't know what you're doing, see an accountant.

2.If you do know what you are doing, then save yourself the time, money, and aggravation and just do your it by hand - use the free fillable PDF forms that you can download off the IRS and state websites.That's what I'll be doing next year.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor programming, worse support - greedy
I have been using Turbotax business for years.Never was too happy with it, but it was OK and a good value compared to having a tax accountant do my return.
This year they reached lows that I did not think possible:
1. Program does not work unless it updates itself after installation.However, it was unable to connect through my firewall and just froze.I had to reboot every time.
2. Called the "tech support".Since I don't speak 'Indian', and he spoke a barely legible English, we had a hard time understanding each other.His solution was to turn off the firewall.This is not possible since it is built into the router.He gave up.Asking for supervisor was useless.After 30 minutes on hold I was disconnected. That was espeially bad since other programs, including Quickbooks, have no problem connecting to updates through the same firewall.
3. I gave up and went to search their website for answers.Took me almost 30 minutes to go through a convoluted search and reach a download site that had the needed update.
4. Preparing the tax return itself was easy enough.
5. When I came to the State Tax Return I found out that it was not being sold at retailers.I could only get it directly from Intuit website.A link fron Turbotax took me to the website where I was told that it will cost $39.99 for the State.I went through the purchase process.ONLY AFTER they got my credit card number they informed me that price is actually $59.99.No explanations.They got me in a corner and wanted more... I tried to get to a live person to straighten this out - FAT CHANCE.Ended up paying and swearing that next year I will go with anybody but them.
6. When is Microsoft coming up with their version?I never thought I would be rooting for microsoft on anything, but I would go to a great length to get rid of Quickbooks and Turbotax.Not because these are bad programs - only because of Intuits attitudes and incompetance.

Longest review I have ever written.Really really upset... ... Read more


3. TurboTax Deluxe 2004 Win/Mac
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $39.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AKK2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 79
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

TurboTax Deluxe software includes all the features of TurboTax Basic, plus even more help to maximize your most important deductions, including mortgages and charitable contributions. Plus, it delivers the help you need - when you need it - from official IRS publications and expert video advice. ... Read more

Features

  • Double-checks return for accuracy; compares last year's deductions to this year's
  • 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

Reviews (112)

1-0 out of 5 stars CALCULATES DIFFERENT TAX EVERY TIME I OPEN PRGM.
HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS PROBLEM?THERE IS NO "CALCULATE" BUTTON, AND EVERY TIME I CLOSE & REOPEN TURBOTAX, IT CALCULATES A DIFFERENT TAX--SOMETIMES IT SAYS I HAVE A REFUND, AND AT OTHER TIMES IT CALCULATES A "TAX DUE"!UNBELIEVABLE!

1-0 out of 5 stars What is this? Only the name remains the same
- Could not efile the Federal extension form - always could before!!!Had to print and seach out a last minute post office with a late collection !!!

- No way to use the State version to file the VA state extension form - found a technote on the website that says "choose States from the navigation bar" - surprise THERE is no "State" on the navigation bar

- Started my federal return and IT WILL NOT TRANSFER INFO from my 2003 Return!! I can see this on the File drop-down menu but it is greyed out.

- Where is the familiar friendly Question and Answer interface???

- Had to pay over $70 at Best Buy to buy Deluxe and State version. Premiere was not even available. I absolutely refuse to waste my time on mail-in rebates that just get refused or ignored (years of experiences with these scams).

- Download updates didn't work until the 3rd try

-I have no confidence in the quality of this year's Turbo Tax.Am considering buying another tax software product today.

1-0 out of 5 stars Last year for TurboTax
As a 7+ year TT user, I've got to say that 2004 will be my last year. After collecting $40 for Deluxe, they fleeced me for $30 more so that I could complete the ESPP section of my taxes. This was previously included in Deluxe, but no warning was given that they made this change (fewer features for the same price). Plus I'm tired of the terrible support and the annual rebate game they force me to play to get my $10 or $30 back. Will check out TaxAct and TaxCut next year.

1-0 out of 5 stars The most over-rated product and biggest rip-off ever
Bought this when a friend recommended it every so highly.Should've known better.This product is DREADFUL!I honestly wish I'd have seen the reviews on Amazon before I made my purchase.Support is non-existent.The downloading just doesn't happen.I've already wasted 2.5 hours on this, the mirror site download would've taken over 6.5 hours.I'm going to file manually (thank GOD something told me to try this a day in advance of 4/15), and demand a refund from TurboTax.I'll never buy this again.If I could give it less stars than one, I would.

1-0 out of 5 stars 2004 TurboTaxDeluxe
FAILURE. The program would not complete my return because of two updates, which would never download to my computer. The updates necessary were on form 8863 and merely included items on lines which differed from one form to another, but were successfully placed on the form from Turbo Tax. Since the update would not download, Turbo Tax Deluxe would not progress beyond the Error check function. I had to manually print and send the forms myself. I had to download a form 8863 from the IRS site itself, put all the figures in the correct boxes, and file that form from them. What a FAILURE OF A PROGRAM. ... Read more


4. TurboTax Premier Home and Business 2003
by Intuit
list price: $79.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000EI9BR
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 413
Average Customer Review: 3.0 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 (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Came out same as tax accountant last 2 years
I have had trouble trusting the program entirely with tax preperation, so I did this comparison.First, I figured up my taxes for my personal/sole proprieter cabinetry business taxes on TurboTax and then went to my regular tax accountant who used to be an IRS auditor, and he is very thorough.Both times my taxes came out almost exactly the same.I'm impressed, and intend to do all my own taxes this year.

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.

3-0 out of 5 stars Get the regular turbotax, not this
The name "Home and Business" is misleading. This product will *not* help you do any taxes for your business. It will help you print out W2s and other forms for any employees, but it won't help you complete a business tax return if you have a partnership, LLC or corporation. For that, you need the similarly-named TurboTax For Business.

If you have a sole proprietorship, this product might be useful if you have lots of depreciation. However, all it will do is a 1040 for individuals. It does a good job of this, and it is more helpful than regular Turbotax in calculating depreciation et al. for Schedule C. But again, I stress: if you are not a sole proprietor, you likely will not need this.

The remainder of the product is the same as TurboTax Deluxe for individuals. ... Read more


5. TurboTax Deluxe 2003
by Intuit
list price: $39.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000EI99L
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 401
Average Customer Review: 2.0 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 Stunning drop in quality
There are serious problems with EasyStep, the way TurboTax takes you through filling in the information for the return.It is only because I'm knowledgeable about taxes and a software developer that i managed to get my return correct.And deviation from simply stepping through, one item after another, leads to trouble.Simply going back, using to back button, to change something can cause important screens to be skipped.

It is a real disappointment.Intuit used to be one of the very best software companies.

I certainly don't want to recommend that people by the Microsoft product.I'm sure one reason Intuit is letting quality drop is the price competition from the convicted monopolist.

My suggestion is to use a tax preparer.

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. ... Read more


6. TaxCut 2004 Complete Home & Business
by H&R Block
list price: $69.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006461NU
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: H&R Block
Sales Rank: 1864
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Kiplinger TaxCut Complete Home & Business 2004.TaxCut Complete HomeBusiness includes two software programs with everything you need to file your personal and business tax returns. With customized tools and advice specifically designed for the small business owner and an improved Schedule C interview, TaxCut Complete HomeBusiness offers a comprehensive tax solution. FEATURES Includes everything from TaxCut Premium plus: ⢠All the Federal Forms You Need Two full programs with forms to prepare Self Employment, Corporate, Partnership, Estate, Payroll, and Non-Profit returns.⢠Extra Depreciation Assistance Tools for depreciating assets and maximizing your business tax savings.⢠Home Office Advisor Get advice on the pros and cons of each potential home office deduction.⢠Business Expense Assistant Explains how to categorize and claim all your business expense deductions.⢠New Industry-Specific Business Tax Tips Advice tailored to your business.⢠Business Tax Interview Additional help and guidance to make preparing your business return easier.⢠Accounting Method Assistant Helps you sel the best accounting method for your new business. ... Read more

Features

  • Free TaxCut State, DeductionPro, e-filing, and Microsoft Money Standard 2005 after mail-in rebates
  • Quickly and easily complete business and personal tax returns
  • Advice on depreciation, expense deductions, and other business considerations
  • Pros and cons of potential home-office deductions; industry-specific business tax tips
  • Improved Schedule C interview; all forms needed to complete Federal tax return

Reviews (13)

1-0 out of 5 stars Execrable
When I installed and ran this software, I was told the "Interview was missing" for my 1120S. That's nice. It immediately reminded me of when I installed Doom 3 and was told "3D Rendering Engine Missing," or when I bought Microsoft Word and got the message "Fonts and Printer Drivers Missing."

I did what Tax Cut told me to do to connect and update my forms and the stupid thing kept hanging at 4% of download. Maybe they were having server trouble, but I'm not a patient man, especially when I have all my forms and files laid out and I'm ready to do my taxes NOW.

So I went and got TurboTax. The difference was night and day. TurboTax is a well-designed, highly polished and refined product. It updated to the current version with no problems. By contrast, from the moment that first install dialog popped up, Tax Cut for business reeked of shoddiness, as if it were rushed out the door. (Even the dialog boxes looked unprofessional and strangely misaligned.)

I used Tax Cut in 2002 and 2003 but after this experience I never will again. Maybe the guts--the tax code itself--are a bit more robust than TurboTax, but if I can't get the thing to work at all then what difference does it make? The finer points of deductions are not a great concern to me. If they were, I'd have an accountant. Come tax time, I just want a program that works. TurboTax worked. Tax Cut didn't.

1-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst business tax software ever written
This is the second year I have used TaxCut for both my personal and small business returns. I switched from TurboTax when they started using their copy protection stuff that seemed to give every user a nightmare. Well, all I can say is, there must be two totally different software development teams working on TaxCut programs, because, while TaxCut personal is a fine program, TaxCut for business is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!

Where do I start? First, it cannot even import data from files the 2003 version created. When I tried, it hung every time, eventually forcing me to re-install the entire software package. The error log it generated showed dozens of import errors. Apparently they changed number formats (floating point etc.) and the 2004 version can't handle it. The error log also says to contact the development team but gives no way to do that. And yes, I did update the program from the web before I started.

Ok, so now I'm entering everything by hand. Like Turbo Tax, it has an interview feature, but unlike TurboTax, the interview interface is dreadfully inconsistent. Sometimes you enter info in the interview feature and hit return on your keyboard and the cursor moves to the next field, and sometimes it moves the cursor to the form! Sometimes you can enter data in interview format, sometimes you have to enter it onto the form itself. Were the programmers simply too lazy to write that feature for each page? There is simply no logical reason to make me bounce back and forth between methods!

Next, as expected, the interview has many questions where you answer yes or no if you are elegible or required to fill out certain info. However, even if you answer NO, it still takes you to those pages! Oh but of course, that only happens sometimes, other times it DOES skip the pages!

I also purchased the state business componenet for TaxCut. Despite reporting that it loaded successfully, TaxCut professional didn't seem to know the state version was there! Of course, it was more than happy to display (right next to the "help" button)a link to BUY the state version!

Oh but wait, if you exit the interview mode, and click on "go", (not the logical tab in my opinion, which would be "FORMS"), you see a list (under "my forms") of all your forms, and golly, if the state forms aren't there! Of course, you can also add forms to your return under the forms tab. Careful, as you poke around trying to find the form you thought you added to your return, you may add the form again from the "forms" tab. The program, instead of taking you to the form you added, will instead add another copy of the same form, which you can later NOT delete from your return. I know there may be circumstances where you DO want a second copy of the form, but mostly you don't. Would it be too much for the "forms" section to ask if you want a new copy or to go to the one you already added?

Now, you'd expect, since the main program doesn't appear to know the state forms are there (or maybe it does ?!?!) you would have to enter data into the state forms by hand, but it's not that simple! SOME forms have SOME data automatically transferred in them, SOME forms have NONE!

And what if you need help? The help link has a simple FAQ that has a very minimal few lines then refers you to the IRS instructions. Well if the IRS instructions made any sense, I wouldn't be using a help section of a tax program. Especially one written by TAX EXPERTS!

I could go on and on, but since I've just spent an ENTIRE DAY doing these taxes, I'm burned out. FYI, I run a SIMPLE small business, I can't imagine what kind of nightmare this would be for a business with inventory, and employees etc.

Please, please, please, stay as far away from this program as possible. I'm saying this for your own good.

I would give this 0 stars if Amazon would let me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bug in the IRA/Pensions withdraw Area:
If you take IRA withdraws and have a pension just stay away from this program.If you already have it and can't get hold of tech support, email me and I'll tell you the work around they came up with.The sad thing is we could not have been the first to encounter this, (the tech people acted like it), so who knows how many retired people overpaid.

1-0 out of 5 stars Should have bought Turbo Tax for Business
I've been using Tax Cut for years and this year I had bought a business.The business program does NOT import in your Quickbooks data into the program.I have to key everything in and figure out what goes where.The business side is not as developed as the personal side.It looks like a different company created it and H&R Block just put the two different programs in the same box.

4-0 out of 5 stars I would buy this product again
I have used both TurboTax and TaxCut.I found both very similar (you can even upload your prior year's taxes done with TurboTax to this year's TaxCut program). I like TaxCut better mainly because I completed both my business and personal taxes with one program. I saved over $70.

The "Ask a Tax Advisor" option (money-back rebate included) is helpful, especially if you want to do your taxes yourself, but think you may have a few questions. ... Read more


7. TurboTax Basic 2004 Win/Mac
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $19.95
our price: $18.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AKIO
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 185
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit Inc (292569) TURBOTAX BASIC V2004 ... Read more

Features

  • Assists calculating optimum withholding situation for personal needs
  • 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

Reviews (28)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not all tax programs are equal
We used TurboTax for a couple of years then switched to TaxCut on the advice of friends. We were amazed at how much more money TaxCut saved us! TaxCut is more knowledgeable when it comes to making the most of ones deductions. We are sorry we didn't switch last year.

2-0 out of 5 stars I should have filled out forms by hand.
I guess TurboTax is a *little* bit better than filling out forms by hand. I've used TaxCut the last few years and found its interface fine, if not spectacular. I decided to try TurboTax this year because I got the Mac and PC version on one disc and I wasn't sure which computer I was going to do taxes on yet. While both programs cover a lot of the same ground in the same way, I keep running into extremely frustrating aspects of TurboTax. For example:

* Several times, I have been asked to calculate amounts myself. Didn't I buy software so I wouldn't have to do that?

* A few times I have been given cryptic choices on how I want my obligations computed. In TaxCut, these would always have a recommendation ("We recommend not claiming the dog as a dependent").

* To get actual advice with TurboTax, it costs a minimum of $29.99 and you must sign up on their webpage. TaxCut provides enough answers to questions with the software that I've never had to call their (free) advice line.

* Some things just aren't included with the program. For example, I donated a lot of furniture to charity this last year. I had to compute the resale value for everything myself. There's a utility for TurboTax which computes values for you. You can order it off the website for $20 (more than TurboTax costs).

None of these are show stoppers, really. But they are significant slower-downers. I definitely haven't saved any time and money this year because of purchasing TurboTax and in the past four years, I've felt that I *did* save time and money by using TaxCut. And that's the bottom line.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Let the Reviews Scare You, Turbotax is Still Great
I was reluctant to buy Turbotax again this year because of all the negative reviews.I decided taking a chance with Turbotax was still more desirable than paying someone to do my taxes for me, though, so I bought it anyway.It worked perfectly.I had no problems loading or using the software.However, I do recommend downloading the updates; they must be there for a reason.

4-0 out of 5 stars Did the trick for me
I have used both TurboTax and TaxCut over the years and I prefer TurboTax.TaxCut gets the job done, but TurboTax is a more polished product.I did my 2004 taxes with TurboTax Basic and it did everything I asked of it.Install went smoothly.While the Basic edition lacks some of the features of the the upmarket products, I still managed to do what I needed to do, which includedseveral mutual fund sales this year.

Unlike some of the other users who have had negative experiences, I have run into no examples of spyware and the program installed flawlessly.After an automatic update, I was able to quickly get going.TurboTax made my taxes as painless as they can be...

1-0 out of 5 stars AVOID THIS PRODUCT -- VERY BAD
I have used Turbo Tax for the past 3 years, and have loved it. It was easy to install, pretty straightforward to use.

So when I sat down to install 2004, I didn't give it a second thought. However, the product developers probably need to go back to school on this one, and the manufacturer needs to issue a major apology to everyone who has tried to use this.

I consider myself way above average on the computer skills side. I could not get the product to load on a Compaq with Windows ME operating system. I kept getting error messages to install a second disk. It only comes with one.

I took it to another machine, and tried installing it on a Dell with Windows XP-Professional Edition. Here too, it would not install properly. It indicated that the installation was finished. However, it didn't install several files needed to make it work. It downloaded an update.You have to turn your computer off, then back on to install the update. The update wouldn't install.In fact the computer stalled. Had to reboot again, and start from scratch.

Since I was unable to install the product on either machine, I can't tell you how it handles the routines of calculating your income tax. My guess is that it is very error prone. If you used Turbo Tax, I'd pay an accountant to review your numbers to see that they are correct. Then I'd send the bills to Turbo Tax.

For me, I'm now checking out other products.
Since it won't install on either machine ... Read more


8. TurboTax Basic 2003
by Intuit
list price: $19.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000EI99J
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 1152
Average Customer Review: 2.5 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
  • Very simple to use

Reviews (34)

1-0 out of 5 stars TurboTax Impossible to Download!
TurboTax may or may not be a good product; I was never able to successfully download it!

Unfortunately I needed it the day I purchased it, and the "Help" offered by the Amazon.com links were not specific enough to identify the source of the trouble.After three hours I gave up and requested a refund.

4-0 out of 5 stars Updates a pain, but TurboTax did its job
I didn't have a problem using TurboTax last year (even with the software activation) so I used it again this year.The software with its interview format worked for me, was able to save my return as pdf and e-file without a hassle.The only real pain was getting the updates.I had to go to Intuit's website to look for info and play around with my broadband connection to get the updates to download.

My return has gotten easier over the past few years but with the update annoyance, I may just buy TaxCut next year. I don't import last year's stuff so Intuit - give me a reason to get TurboTax 2004.

3-0 out of 5 stars Worth it if you're going to itemize...otherwise forget it
Okay, the download process was a nightmare as described by my earlier review.However, three hours later I have a very comprehensive itemized return, which would have been way too complex to do on my own without the guidance of the filing questions.The good news is that I had done my taxes by hand last night and came up with a large amount owed, and after using the deductions calculator in TurboTax ended up with a refund instead.So it more than paid for itself.
My major complaint is that there appears to be no way to review the content of your return until the very last "print and submit" step, and I wanted to check the numbers prior to actually submitting it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating download errors!
After 20 or 30 attempts to run the V-box installer program after dowloading it from the Amazon digital library, I was just about to request a refund when my boyfriend starting doing some troubleshooting research for me.Here's what he figured out:
Once you download the installer and try to run it, if you keep getting the error: "3001 Encountered unexpected error when trying to locate product...etc.", there is a browser setting you need to change. (This applies to IE 6.0+, Windows 2000 and XP at a minimum, since I attempted the install on 2 different machines).
Go to Tools-->Internet Options in your browser menu, then to the Connections tab and the LAN Settings button.Uncheck the "Automatically Detect Settings" box if it is checked and try running the installer again.Worked for me.Just be sure to recheck the box and close your browser afterwards.
Seeing as how frustrating just OBTAINING the software was, I'm really skeptical about using it, especially after reading all the other reviews...

1-0 out of 5 stars The Last Time I Will Use Turbo Tax
When it imported my information from 2002 it also picked up internet connection data that is no longer valid. Since then I have gone to broadband with a new ISP. It simply refuses to recognize my new connection information. When I tried to update the program by going to their support site through my browser, I simply could not get on despite repeated attempts. I guess everyone is trying to get support for this buggy software. As a result, I can't print out some of my forms because it tells me I must update first. Now it is totally useless.BEWARE ... Read more


9. TurboTax State Multi-State 2004 Win/Mac
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $29.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AL06
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 246
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit Inc (292596) TURBOTAX MULTI STATE 45 V2004 ... Read more

Features

  • Double-checks for errors and omissions
  • 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

Reviews (12)

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible software and even worse support
TurboTax is buggy and the support is terrible!You cannot update your state information after the initial review without manually editing the tax forms.If the field involves computations, you must do these manually after changing it.If you try to re-run the interview, it just brings you to the "finish" screen.I talked to four different people from TurboTax support about this.They say it's a known bug and they have no plans to fix it.If I wanted to manually edit to forms, I wouldn't have purchased this software!If you make changes to the federal, TurboTax state isn't necessarily updated.I received the following ridiculous suggestions from support:clear your cookies (I'm not using the web version); delete this file, but make sure you empty the recycling bin (what??); go to forms and click delete form (there is no delete option).I don't know where they get these ideas, but support isn't helpful when you know more than they do!

1-0 out of 5 stars Turbotax Failed
Don't believe the rating of one.A minus 5 would have been more appropriate. After six years of being a faithful Turbotax user, the changes they have made in 2004 are convincing me never to use their product again - even if I could.After purchasing the downloadable version it failed to unzip. Three hours on the phone with representatives in India did not solve the problem. Finally I got them to send me a CD, which seemed to install but hung up on the question "Select a tax return type" that offered zero choices and no pull-down.I can't believe they would release a product that seems designed to frustrate their customers!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Worked As Advertised For Me
I have used TurboTax products since 1995, with the exception of trying TaxCut last year, which was a disaster. The TurboTax State product had no difficulty quickly and accurately completing tax returns for my state (Minnesota) after finishing my federal return.

As some other reviewers have correctly noted, the name of the product ("Multi-State") is somewhat deceptive, in that you get to choose one state return to file; if you have to file for more than one state you have to pay for additional state downloads. This is the primary reason I gave the product four stars: functionally it was easy to use and intuitive, and I had no problems of any sort with it (I have Windows XP running on a 2003 vintage computer).

This product isn't perfect, but it does a good job, and is enormously superior to TaxCut in every way.

2-0 out of 5 stars Filing in multiple states
As other reviewers have said, this is a single-state CD.If you have to file in more than 1 state, don't make the mistake like I did of buying a CD for each state.You have to buy 1 for your primary state and then download additional states from the "Download State" section within the federal CD.Either that or download from the intuit website.Really annoying!I have always had good luck with turbotax but this is disappointing.Now I have to try to return my (opened) 2nd state CD.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent
TurboTax State installed without any problems on my Mac, running 10.3.8. The program was free after rebate and I received my rebate promptly from Intuit. The program is decent, although it does not do much. PA taxes aren't that complicated to being with. One complaint is that the program dumped me into a PA Schedule C instead of asking whether I want a PA Schedule C or a PA Schedule C-F. I went to forms and created a schedule C-F, then went back to the interview, and my schedule C-F was there. This procedure would not be obvious to someone who was not already very familiar with this program.

I am not sure why someone would want to pay $14.95 for the State e-filing. There is no rebate for the state filing. So when you file your taxes electronically, make sure you select Federal only, then print out your state tax return and mail it in.
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10. TaxCut Deluxe 2003
by HR Block Financial
list price: $24.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DIFAI
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: HR Block Financial
Sales Rank: 1303
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Updated Tax Law Assistants help get the most from tax breaks
  • Free e-file and free TaxCut State after mail-in rebate
  • Access IRS publications and the H&R Block interactive video library
  • New convenient paperless payment options for taxes due and e-filing fees
  • New tax-saving tips on saver¿s credit, overlooked deductions, and more

Reviews (81)

2-0 out of 5 stars TaxCut not friendly
Two distinct problems (seems each year it gets harder to use, and less friendly).
a. Overwrote last years files, without warning. Fortunately had a saved copy on a floppy disc.
b. Entered state information and could not remove it, when I discovered in a later 'interview' question that I had entered the information in the wrong place. Had to 'force' the entry which then brings up an error in the review.

In general, very frustrating to use, and each year it becomes worse, not better. The good days of TaxEdge are gone, and had to convert to TurboTax, which also grew more cumbersome each year, so I switched to TaxCut. This may be my last year with it.
No way to give feedback either, unless one would 'pay' $20 to tell of the problem.

3-0 out of 5 stars This item is for last year's taxes only!!!
Every year they put out a new version of the program updated for the current tax year. This TaxCut 2003 will not be useable for 2004 tax returns. Also, for those people who think that by buying their own tax program will save them a bundle of money, they are truly foolish. I do taxes for a living, not only at home, but for a tax professional office and these programs are not meant for people who don't know the tax laws and what forms they need to file. If they do their taxes wrong, the money they saved will go right to the IRS and state in penalties and interest. These programs will not protect you against that. Let electricians do electrical work, plumbers do plumbing work, and, for crying out loud - let tax professionals do tax work. These programs are not supposed to be easy, they are not for the average person to use.

1-0 out of 5 stars TAX CUT is horrible
I cannot think of a single reason you should have to click 3 buttons and go through 2 screens to enter 1 stock transaction.On the contrary, you should be able to enter 10 or more per screen.It took hours to enter 200 stock transactions.

Then, after the error check, certain transactions seemed to be duplicated.Upon trying to delete them with the delete button, they would not delete.If you change one of the duplicates, the contents of the other changes also.Then, looking through the list, I find that every one of the other duplicate transactions were duplicated again each time I tried to delete the first duplicated transaction pair.Now I have dozens of transactions that will not delete - after spending 2 days doing data entry and using the interviews for doing all data entry and changes, as the product recommends - - - even though it is excruciating slow work with the poor user interface design.

What a piece of junk.(And this was the final 2003 version - - - the one with all the latest fixes!)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good value, experienced no problems
I have been using TaxCut for several years and have not experienced any problems with the program.I do have to file the 1040 and have to use several of the various worksheets, but do not have a home office or some of the other complications mentioned in other reviews.

I think it is a wonderful tool that has saved me a lot of time preparing my family's tax returns.

2-0 out of 5 stars TaxCut Deluxe and DeductionPro
I had none of the problems that several have complained about using TaxCut Deluxe 2003. I have used TurboTax before. I switched to TaxCut last year because of the many complaints TurboTax was getting about their registration program, spyware, etc. I had no problems completing my taxes, no duplications of W-2's, no problems getting updates. I found my experience with using this tax program not much different from TurboTax. I do have a problem with H&R Block though. TaxCut Deluxe offers a rebate for DeductionPro. The tax program will even take you to the H&R Block website to give you an opportunity to download the product to help with non-cash charity donations to calculate what should be claimed. The problem with downloading DeductionPro is that the rebate for the product is not honored if it is downloaded. It has to be purchased at a retail store to get the rebate. No where on the website, on the rebate coupon, or in the program does it state that the rebate is not good if the program is downloaded directly. It does indicate to send in the UPC code from the box of the product, but if I downloaded it directly from their website, they should have a record that it was purchased legally. They gave me some bogus excuse "that due to customer buying habits, we have elected not to honor rebates unless purchased from a retail store", or something to that effect. I think the product is good, but I don't like their business practices. I may well go back to TurboTax next year. I am giving the product two stars because of their business practices. Overall, I thought the way it handled my taxes was acceptable. ... Read more


11. TurboTax Basic 2002
by Intuit
list price: $19.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006UHPF
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 1956
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

TurboTax Basic guides you through preparing and filing 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. Information can be instantly imported from your Quicken or QuickBooks program (2001 or later) and quickly transferred from last year's federal return. You can even file your return electronically.

The software also allows you to retrieve and input your wage, mortgage interest, and investment data with instant data entry by automatically retrieving W-2 wage data, 1098 mortgage interest, and 1099 investment data from participating employers and financial institutions. It then enters the data into the right forms, reducing manual data entry and simplifying tax preparation.

TurboTax Basic also helps you identify entries that could trigger an audit. Audit Alerts check your return for items that might raise a red flag with the IRS, and provide information on key documents you should keep. In addition, TurboTax Basic helps you make the most of the changing tax laws: it is up-to-date, with all the latest tax law changes.

All federal versions of TurboTax desktop products for Windows include product activation to better ensure customers use the product in accordance with the License Agreement. An independent test of product activation technology in Intuit Inc.'s TurboTax desktop software products confirms the technology does not negatively impact computer performance or compromise customer privacy. The findings of the tests, performed by PCTest Corporation, an independent software-testing lab can be found at http://www.pctest.com/intuit/index.htm. You can still prepare multiple returns from one computer, and install and prepare your return on multiple computers. To fully uninstall the the SafeCast/C-Dilla element of TurboTax, you must download the free uninstall application at the TurboTax Support website. For additional information about product activation, go to http://www.turbotaxsupport.com and refer to TurboTax Product Activation in the News and Tips section. ... Read more

Reviews (125)

1-0 out of 5 stars C-Dilla, in detail
Here's a quote from extremetech.com. (ExtremeTech &sister publication PC Magazine're industry leaders.You've probably heard of their most famous writer, John C. Dvorak.)(Note:Intuit-TurboTax-2002's C-Dilla wasn't different from other versions of C-Dilla.It just got lotsa attention because TurboTax *was* very popular software until C-Dilla became a part of it.)

From ET's article:
"Likely the biggest problem users have expressed, is the level at which the TurboTax licensing agreement is managed and protected with the SafeCast/C-Dilla technology. People believe C-Dilla infiltrates their system in a very insidious manner, and uses memory and resources even when TurboTax is not loaded. And some believe it has caused them serious compatibility problems with non-related CD writing operations. (PC Magazine and ExtremeTech will be conducting some tests next week to see if we can duplicate some of these problems).[....] or your customers still looking to exit TurboTax for good, the uninstaller at this link now fully removes components of SafeCast/C-Dilla that were previously mostly impossible to remove."...If you're planning on using this product at work, forget it... your Info Technology manager will have a cow if he/she knows that you're installing destructive trojan/spyware (C-Dilla) on the company PCs.If you've already installed this software on a PC at work, let your IT manager know IMMEDIATELY, so he/she can take whatever steps are possible to remove C-Dilla.

In the 2002/2003 version of TurboTax, a great protest rose up from prominent computer-industry magazines and users, which led to Intuit/TurboTax somewhat apologizing, and offering a program that uninstalled C-Dilla after you'd uninstalled TurboTax2002.(The original uninstaller didn't remove C-Dilla.)

2004...does it have C-Dilla ?I don't know.It's not out yet.Approach with caution.

1-0 out of 5 stars Spywhere everywhere on my pristine machine :(
In the past I've used and enjoyed Inuit's products - good user interface, useful features, but lately I've grown wary of their marketing masquerades. After installing TurboTax2002 I am finally fed up. I hate spyware. Good bye Intuit. I'll be using Microsoft Money (instead of Quicken) and the associated online tax preparation software next year.

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of Intuit C_Dilla
I have been a consistent Turbo Tax user for the last 10 years, but what Intuit did this year with the installation of C_Dilla, aka Spyware, is unconscionable.As a result, I have switched to Tax Cut, and it works fine.There is no way I will install spyware on my PC.Intuit blew it big time on this one!

1-0 out of 5 stars Spyware in purchased products? NO MORE!
What Intuit has done is completely unacceptable and has alienated many of their users. I'll be forever skeptical about any product that doesn't have a "DRM" (Digital Rights Management, aka C_Dilla) with a giant red X through it on the box. I'm all against piracy, but the methods used by Intuit have screwed many users who depended on their product to do their taxes.

1-0 out of 5 stars TurboTax really blew it this year!!
Reviewer: A software user from Miami, FL
I have been using Turbo Tax for 10 years, and up until this year, had no problem with it. However, this year frankly [stinks].
The product could not find my internet connection to go to online help. Took me 10 minutes to correct this.The product could not find my Quicken Deluxe 2000 tax information and offered to sell me Quicken 2003! This is NOT freeware or shareware, so why do I have to put up with all the sales and marketing [stuff] the program contains? Every other screen is trying to sell me something or get you to pay more for something else! It is annoying as hell! Also the infamous C_Dilla directory. I am all against software piracy, but for TurboTax to install software without my knowledge, and to run processes in my computer that I am not aware of and that run even when TurboTax is not running, is just totally wrong in my book! To me this is called "Spyware", period! I really hope Intuit reconsiders their tactics, because there are plenty of options out there for Tax preparation software, and honestly, this will be the last year I used TurboTax, because I am fed up with all this! ... Read more


12. Microsoft Money Premium 2005 [LB]
by Microsoft Software
list price: $69.99
our price: $74.05
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002DOE9S
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 1664
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Product Description

Microsoft Money 2005 Premium is the automated personal finance solution, providing consumers with a quick and easy way to view, improve and optimize their finances. Completely rebuilt for simplicity, Money makes handling finances easy with speedy setup, automated tools that reduce the need for manual entry, and adaptable Essential and Advanced features that enable a more personal experience. Following is an overview of the software's new and enhanced features. Money has been redesigned to bring more people into the personal finance category. Everyone’s financial wants are different. For the user who doesn’t want to spend time on their finances but just focus on the essentials, they can easily access their account balances online, have their transactions automatically categorized and instantly see where their money is going. They have ALL their financial information in one place, with minimal to no typing. For those people who like to pore over the details, Money gives you more with its advanced views. Money 2005 –one product, different user perspectives. ... Read more


13. TurboTax State 45 Multistate 2003
by Intuit
list price: $29.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000EI9BW
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 1045
Average Customer Review: 2.0 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 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?!?!?!!!!!

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.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Multistate!
I was also very disappointed to find (only after I had purchased and installed TurboTax state) that it is only valid for one state!The only reason I purchased this product was to be able to file in the three states we lived in this past year.Better labeling would have led to less frustration ... Read more


14. TaxCut 2004 State
by H&R Block
list price: $24.95
our price: $21.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006466DA
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: H&R Block
Sales Rank: 402
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Kiplinger TaxCut State 2004.TaxCut State 2004 programs are faster, easier and friendlier than ever with new enhancements to the Interview process. Instantly transfer all of your personal federal tax information into your TaxCut State program and just answer a few questions. ... Read more

Features

  • Option of filing electronically or printing ready-to-file state forms
  • 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

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars It STINKS
The problems with this program as well as all the others by H&R Block are too numerous to mention here, but take it from someone who learned the hard way, don't waste your money on this product.

I reported bugs in both the federal and state editions 3 years ago and they STILL haven't been corrected. One of which is the employer ID number allows for 14 characters but some employers have 15 or more. Another, if you go back and make a correction and forget to TELL the program to recalculate, everything that follows, including your taxs due or your refund amount will be incorrect. Isn't this what you pay for? A program that ELIMINATESerrors instead of creating them? If you buy this product, DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR RETURN.

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't do part-time DC resident...disappointing.
I am a part-time DC resident and bought TaxCut State DC only to discover that it cannot do part-time DC resident filing... so I had to do it by hand... most annoying and not advertised anywhere on their site... I am requesting a refund.

1-0 out of 5 stars TaxCut 2004 State is terrible!
I've been using TaxCut Deluxe and TaxCut State since the 2002 tax year but 2004 will be my last TaxCut year. Next year, I'm switching back to TurboTax.

The 2004 version has lots of bugs and the software has several mistakes that will mess up your tax refund.
When printing my state return (MN) the program sends an erroneous command to the printer that caused it to lock up after the first page. I had to get the Adobe version on the MN forms and fill them in by hand so they could be printed. Also, the software keeps asking you to update when you've already updated and there's no new update available. You have to select "Update Later" to get around this bug. Very annoying!

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If you're thinking about buying TaxCut 2004 Deluxe or TaxCut 2004 State, don't do it. Get TurboTax instead. TaxCut is not worth the money or the grief.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS SOFTWARE!
This is probably the worst tax software I have every purchased. I've been using TurboTax and TaxCut for years and this year I have had nothing but problems from the state program and the Federal.

For one, there are "fixes" that won't download. Everytime I do, the program crashes during installation.

I am hoping that I get a refund from Amazon for the $89 I spent on the TaxCut Complete for Home & Business (same problem by the way) and the 24.50 I spent on the state program.

I'm always going to purchase TurboTax from now on because the technical support at for this product blows. All they did was tell me the same stupid thing over and over again (in other words, they had no idea what to do!) ($9.95 for calls to get tech support, isn't that nice?)

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware - this CD only allows you access to their website!
Your state tax information is NOT on this CD.You might as well just go to the TaxCut website and download your state's software because that's all this CD does - that is, if the website even works for you.All I get is multiple system crashes and a malfunctioning shopping cart program.Very disappointing. ... Read more


15. TaxCut 2004 Premium
by H&R Block
list price: $39.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006461NK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: H&R Block
Sales Rank: 1190
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Kiplinger TaxCut Premium 2004.TaxCut Premium provides extra tools and advice to help you save money on your federal taxes. You'll get valuable tools for managing home ownership, investments, and retirement planning. FEATURES Includes everything from TaxCut Deluxe plus: ⢠HR Block Premium Tax Tips and Advice Save money with more than 25 new topics like Dividends, Capital Gains, and more.⢠Home Ownership Tools and Advice Extra guidance for homeowners with tools for Home Basis, Mortgage Refinancing, and more.⢠Investment Tools and Advice Tax-saving tips and tools for managing your investments, stock gains/losses, deductions, and more.⢠Premium Retirement Tools and Advice Make the most of your retirement savings with our collection of retirement resources and tools ... Read more

Features

  • Kiplinger tax and financial planning library
  • Fast, easy-to-use federal-tax filing software with money-saving tips
  • Helpful investment, retirement, and home ownership tools and advice
  • 25+ new topics like dividends, capital gains, and more
  • Live professional tax advice online or by phone from a trained professional

Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars Fed Ok, States Not
The Federal program worked ok for me, though the interface is a bit clunky.However, the MD state program has some minor glitches, and the WV state program doesn't handle part-year residents, which of course I didn't know until I fired it up at the last minute...

1-0 out of 5 stars cut out this software -- find something else!
I wrote a nice long review but as it happens my computer shut down before the review was submitted. However, I'm going to do it again here because I don't want you to waste your time like I wasted mine on this software this year, my first year doing my own taxes.

My main beefs --

- Rebate process was probably more annoying than if I had read the IRS detailed tax instructions.
- DeductionPro is useless; didn't even install it since I just took the standard deduction they give you instead of itemizing.
- Videos are annoying; you can't fast forward or rewind. I also felt like I was being talked down to or needlessly being sold on the software I had already purchased ("alternative minimum tax is way complicated, but don't worry, we'll help you out!")
- Useless questions that could be automated away. For example, why do I need to tell the software what 1040 form I want to use? Isn't that the point of the software?
- Lack of question explanation in the text. For example, how am I supposed to figure out if I have Hope or lifetime learning or deduction credit? If I wanted to look at detailed documentation or find an online reference, I wouldn't have bought the software.
- Ads of the H&R Block tax advisor service and all the other extra junk they try to sell you. Ask yourself, what's their incentive for making the questions and question flow clear if their intention is to sell you on the extras if you're confused.

And the straw that broke the camel's back and led me to anotheronline service (free and better!) --

- Huge bug where it deducted my Roth IRA contribution. I didn't know much about the tax system but one of the things I did know is that Roth IRA contributions are not tax deductible. I considered filing an official complaint against the software, but am sick of dealing with it so this review will have to do.

About the only thing that didn't make the software completely worthless was that I did my state tax return with it. The online service I used for federal didn't have the part-year resident form I needed for my state. Even then I made sure to double check the numbers it spewed out since I had lost trust in the software's accuracy.

I had thought that the H&R Block name would've been an advantage in accuracy, etc. But really, I feel like the software's existence is to make people migrate toward their brick-and-mortar professionals. Also, it's no wonder the software has bugs if the IRS forms themselves were not yet finalized when the software was released (an online update of the software is required). Although, to be fair, the accuracy problems I entered both upped my refund; at the risk of getting audited!

Bottom Line:

If you're really lazy -- pay a tax professional or bribe a knowledgeable friend.

If you're medium lazy -- go with an online service or the other popular software package

If you're willing to spend time learning about taxes (for future benefit e.g. to optimize refunds, catch software mistakes) -- go directly to the IRS instructions and consider doing double checking and e-filing with an online service.

2-0 out of 5 stars Tax Cut Premium
I have used this product frequently. This is the first time (and the last time because we will not order it again) WE HAVE USED PREMIUM.

For a simple return it is great!This product is TAX CUT PREMIUM!
It has all the bells and whistles according to the desriptions- Right ! If you have a more complicated return.....:

1. The software may not directly support input with their tax information. The info is canned and pasteurised for Mr. Joe or Jolene average. But you have assistance !
2. The $9.95 help claims that anything not on their interveiw is "TAX ADVICE"!.. KACHING... GO TO TAX ADVISOR FOR TWENTY FIVE BUCKS.!!YOU HAVE A COUPON TO BOOT.
3. Tax Advisor?? Spend half a day awaiting a callback on three occasions and receive the same answer three times ; "unable to contact client. Try again.

OK H&R block is in the tax prep business...now do you get the picture?

4-0 out of 5 stars Good job on IRA,s and Stocks
I found this program to be easy to use. Their interview style walks you right through, you don't even know you are preparing a tax return. I especially like the way it will take you right to the actual Form and show you the worksheets on how they arrive at decisions. Tax Cut showed me that we could make an $1850 traditional IRA contribution for my wife that we thought was disallowed. I also liked the way it held my hand through the capital gains, 1099, and stock buy/sell recording. It lets you skip around, go back and forth. Viewing the actual worksheets that TaxCut uses to compute the values that get entered on the 1040 was a little difficult. I had to contact their tech support to find the long term tax computations. I initially contacted them through thier on-line chat, but my browser crashed, not their fault. I then emailed my question and they responded the next day. The info was there, I hadn't scrolled down enough. All-in-all, the tax prep portion was excellent, checking the calculations took a little getting used to the software. I will be buying this next year.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Software!
This software disappointed on several straightforward tasks:

1. The Employee Stock Option interview is terrible: it performs NO actual calculations. It gives some vague advise about how to handle Stock Options and Employee Stock Purchase Plan situations rather than directly calculating the tax impact. I had to refer to the guides given to me by the broker, AND the TURBOX TAX website to figure out how to calculate the cost basis for these situations. The software, especially software labeled PREMIUM, should have this functionality built in and I should not require a trip to a competitor's website and the use of a hand calculator! That's why I buy tax software. TurboTax actually performs calculations when you input data.

2. The download "feature" for W-2, 1099, and 1098 forms is humerous. I have used this feature in TurboxTax for my W-2 form from a major Fortune 500 company and the 1099-DIV form from the Vanguard Group. Apparently, Taxcut has no agreement with these major corporations--the list of supported employers, brokers, and mortgage companies is tiny.

3. Printing-there seems to be some formatting issues with the worksheets when printed out. It seems to print outside the printable area of a standard printer.

On the plus side, the software is relatively cheap and is probably OK for simple tax situations. Its laid out logically and imported my 2003 tax data from TurboTax competently. But I would purchase TurboTax if you have a more "complex" tax situation (although I hardly classify Employee Stock Options and Purchase Plans as complex in 2004).

I tried it because it is cheaper than TurboTax and I was curious to compare the two, but I'll be using TurboTax again next year! ... Read more


16. TurboTax ItsDeductible 2004
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $19.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AKXY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1265
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit Inc (292592) ITSDEDUCTIBLE V2004 ... Read more

Features

  • Easily access IRS publications; prints reports and receipts
  • 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

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars IT'S DEDUCTABLE
NOTHING TO INDICATE DEDUCTIONS THAT YOU MAY BE OVERLOOKING. NOTHING INDICATING THAT THE PROGRAM CAN ONLY BE USED TO TRACK DEDUCTIONS DURING 2004, AND CANNOT BE USED FOR ANYTHING IN ANY OTHER YEAR. REALLY NOT WORTH THE MONEY.

2-0 out of 5 stars It's worse now than ever!
Last year (2004), I used ItsDeductible for an entire year, keeping track of my donations of clothes, money, and other items.I was also able to use the software to keep track of my job-related expenses that are deductible (ie research expenses of a professor, job related journals, etc.)There was also a space to keep track of medical expenses.I loved it, and it saved me some money. I just received my new, *not* improved 2005 version, and suddenly, everything has changed.Basically, they made the software LESS useful.They have eliminated the medical expense and the professional expense sections, and now there is only the bare-bones charity donation record keeping.And even this has been drastically cut - many specific categories of clothing, for example, have been cut.Last year, I could be as specific as denim jeans or silk blouses - this year they are listed as "women's pants" and "women's shirts" with no variance in the price that they are "worth."Because of this, I am pretty skeptical that this would pass an audit, so I am now keeping extra records of these donations DESPITE buying the software.I suspect that the company could care less - what are the chances of an audit, anyway?It is probably cheaper for them to avoid refunds when consumers don't achieve the promised 500.00 savings than it is to fear the IRS audits, which are few and far between.Final word - rather than improved, this new version is worse.I could do just as well with a notebook and a quick check on ebay for values.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too many items missing
I just spent 1.5 hrs entering 80 items.Only half of my donated items were included in the ItsDeductible database.I had to manually enter the other half and estimate the value on my own.

Even with items such as clothes, I had to just pick an item from the database.It was rare that my donated item actually matched something in the database.

This software is not the cure-all that Intuit says it is.I should've saved my money and entered all of my donations in a spreadsheet like I did in previous years.

4-0 out of 5 stars Peace of Mind
While the software could use a big user interface enhancement, it does the job and pays for itself many times over.If you give a lot of old belongings to charity it is invaluable and the dollar amounts are always more than I used to claim.I'm starting to feel like Clinton with his $10 underwear.

The peace of mind alone is worth $20.It also saves time if you use it year-after-year and give to the same charities.If you do there is no need to research and update their contact and tax info as it is automatically retained from prior years (and of course feeds TurboTax.

Intuit purchased ItsDeductible a couple of years ago.At the time it was already integrated (somewhat) with TurboTax.I'll be interested to see how this year's version is progressing.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very useful for some donations, but slow and unwieldy ...
THE GOOD: If you donate clothing or other physical items to charity, you will find this program indispensable when it comes to calculating IRS-friendly dollar values.Over the summer my wife gave eight bags of clothing to our local Goodwill.Using ItsDeductible 2004 and her detailed receipt, it took me a mere 20 minutes to come up with a value for the hundred plus items in her donation.Additionally ItsDeductible also prompts you for lesser known deductions, like the number of miles you had to drive to drop off your charitable goods (the IRS gives you $.14 per mile).

THE BAD: ItsDeductible's user interface is clunky and unwieldy for cash donations (in the future I will stick to just entering those into a spreadsheet).Also the application takes its dear sweet time to launch and seams to run slowly; more than once I was typing faster than the words were appearing in the application.

THE UGLY: In my experience, tech support on this product is a joke.When I installed the program on my computer, it would not launch and instead gave a ten-digit error code.Looking that code up on the ItsDeductible website gave several possible solutions ... none of which worked.Eventually I called tech support, which was not easy as their hours are 6am to 3pm PST.After putting me on hold for twenty minutes, the tech finally told me that ItsDeductible would not launch if your computer's date format is set to anything other than M/D/YYYY.Arg!The application should have said that rather than give an unintelligible error code!

Overall I would recommend ItsDeductible to anyone who has given clothes, books, or other non-cash items to charity.If your charitable donations are primarily cash, I would recommend using an old-fashioned spreadsheet rather than ItsDeductible due to its inherent flaws. ... Read more


17. TaxCut 2004 Deluxe
by H&R Block
list price: $24.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006460RM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: H&R Block
Sales Rank: 124
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Kiplinger TaxCut Deluxe 2004.TaxCut Deluxe puts you in control of your federal taxes like never before. Deluxe is packed with resources to help you take advantage of the newest tax breaks and save money on your taxes.FEATURES Includes everything from TaxCut Standard plus: ⢠Free State After Rebate Complete your state tax return quickly and easily.*⢠Free E-file After Rebate E-file your federal return to get a fast refund.*⢠Kiplinger's Tax and Financial Planning Library Get the information you need to help you make the most of your money.⢠IRS Publications Get built-in access to the most up-to-date IRS publications. ... Read more

Features

  • Error Check automatically reviews for common errors
  • Step-by-step guidance for filing Federal tax returns
  • Take advantage of the newest tax breaks and save money
  • Kiplinger's tax and financial planning library; up-to-date IRS publications
  • Retirement savings enhancer; helpful tax-law assistants

Reviews (65)

1-0 out of 5 stars Problems with TaxCut
I have been using taxcut for 6 years.This year it dropped one of my deductions.The child was listed in the interview and appeared to be included, but was not submitted in the e-filing.This is pathetic.NEVER USE THIS PRODUCT.

1-0 out of 5 stars I will never use Tax Cut again
A new addition to this year's version (when filing electronically), allows H&R Block's bank (HSBC Bank) to check your social security number with other select banks to see if you have defaulted on any loans. If you are due for a refund, they will use the refund to pay off the debt and give you the balance. I didn't see any problem with this since I have not defaulted on anything in my life. However, Bank One advised HSBC that there was an overdue loan (from 1992!) with my social security number. Since the loan did not have my name or address, Bank One's response was that it must be identity theft (I believe Bank One made a data entry error - God knows they probably can't locate the paperwork for a loan that's 13 years old). In order to prove the loan is not mine, I had to send Bank One my social security card, birth certificate, marriage certificate, tax return, and a letter from the Social Security Administration. I had to put out a fraud alert with the Social Security Administration and the 3 credit bureaus. In addition, I had to file a report with the Federal Trade Commission and the police. I am still waiting for Bank One to correct their records so I can get my refund back! Next step - lawyer!
If you must use Tax Cut - DO NOT FILE ELECTRONICALLY! Print your return and mail it in!

3-0 out of 5 stars software Just okay, beware of rebate
The software is only okay.I've been doing my own tax simply following the instructions on the tax booklet.It doesn't give you anything new if you read your tax booklet.Reading a lot of reviewers' complaint about the software not being up to date with the latest tax law, I waited until this year to buy this package hoping that I won't have to connect to the internet to update the software.Well, the software is STILL not up-to-date.I have to connect to the internet, which I really hate to do since I have slow connection; and I wouldn't want to do my tax while my PC is online.Okay, that's that.

Rebate experience has been unpleasant.After eight weeks following my rebate submission, I finally gets a shipment notification for the state rebate.Two weeks later I still have not received the check.The deluxe rebate is stuck in process status forever.I called H&R rebate department about both rebates.The rep assumed it was my fault saying I didn't mail both of them on time or together.Well, I have copies of everything.I explained to the guy that wasn't the case.I mailed both together one week after the purchase date in February.The guy didn't let me finish with my complain or explanation.He just said he'll take care of it and that I should wait about another month, then he abruptly hung up.It's this kind of attitude of an employee that makes one avoid future business with the company.

1-0 out of 5 stars This year's TaxCut has major flaw in AMT (alternative minima
This years taxcut has major flaw in for 6251 (AMT) line 7.It doubles the state tax refund deduction, and will cause you big trouble with IRS if you are subject to AMT.
There are other issues with TaxCut too.My e-file was repeated rejected due to TaxCut mistakes (asking me to delete a form that was empty etc).Customer service people are nice but clueless.Had to paper file.
Also there is a 30 day limit on rebate for state.I preordered in Dec and opened in Feb after my w-2 arrived, and I could not qualify.The money back garantee is a joke.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid Taxcut
Taxcut Deluxe gets the award for the worst experience I have had filling out Taxes. I have used previous versions of Turbotax and Taxcut and felt that these were comparable programs -- they did not always give the same results -- but after some tweaking you could figure out waht was going on.
This year's version of Taxcut has made me swear not to use their product again. First, I had trouble getting the rebates. OK, no big deal.
Then I got a host of warnings when filling in the K-1 forms that turned out to be spurious -- they added stress.
Where I had questions, the program was largely unresponsive. Several times, asking for IRS instructions brought up absolutely nothing. Instructions for Schedule C did not bring up business codes.
I needed to file as non-resident in 1 state and resident in another. The program asks me if I would like to buy another state. The second state cost me an additional $25 -- I felt that this was high given that I had basically 1 item of income to report. Never mind, I thought, it is worth getting it for the convenience of electronic filing (another$15.95, incidentally). After I got through the entire process and got to e-filing the program would only let me e-file a single state return. After poking around I discovered from the help menu that TAXCUT can ONLY file ONE state return per federal return -- completely ridiculous -- a waste of time and money.

I found that several people offer Excel based federal and state tax forms on the web. Next year I plan to retreat to that method, since at least you are clear on the formulae and other things being used by the program and there is an ability to directly consult IRS forms. I may also give the other tax programs a look ... Read more


18. Microsoft Money Small Business 2005 [LB]
by Microsoft Software
list price: $89.99
our price: $85.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002DOEL6
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 737
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Microsoft Money 2005 Small Business is the comprehensive finance solution that makes managing your business finances easy. Completely rebuilt for simplicity, Money makes handling finances easy with speedy setup, automated tools that reduce the need for manual entry, and adaptable Essential and Advanced features that enable a more personal experience. Following is an overview of the software's new and enhanced features. Money has been redesigned to bring more people into the personal finance category. Everyone’s financial wants are different. For the user who doesn’t want to spend time on their finances but just focus on the essentials, they can easily access their account balances online, have their transactions automatically categorized and instantly see where their money is going. They have ALL their financial information in one place, with minimal to no typing. For those people who like to pore over the details, Money gives you more with its advanced views. Money 2005 –one product, different user perspectives. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars MS Money 2005 Beware- Bugs, Flaws & General Issues
Money 2003 was an awesome product and I dropped Quicken after 6 years to use it. But the latest version that incorporates business forms and accounts should have remained in beta.

This is a flawed product that is a step back from previous versions. The conversion from earlier versions of Money can cause file corruption problems. The product has a feature to import contacts from Outlook but it is "buggy" and causes problems. When I called MS tech support the support rep said do not use it. They claim youcan share you information with other MS passport Users but it does not work. After two hours on the phone with MS they finally admitted it was a flaw. As the other review says, the invoice feature is a joke. You spend time customizing your invoices and then when you go to save them all images and formatting are taken out and only a text file is saved. There is no PDF capability. And you can not e-mail your newly designed invoice as it also creates a "bland" text file.

When i called Microsoft, American Express and Wells Fargo Tech support ( all support product)all support technicians said they hear nothing but problems with this product.

Money 2003 and 2004 were great. What alet down 2005 Small Business is. Stick to Quicken and Quick books and save your self hours on toll calls to tech support that results in no known fixes and no information in the MS Knowledge base.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away!!
Don't make the mistake of buying this product. Learn from my mistake, I lost my hard earned $90 on this useless buggy piece of software.

I am still no able to digest the idea that you have to keep all your banking information on their servers to be able to receive bank transactions automatically. If you are concerned about security and automatic transaction updates are important to you, do not buy this product.

Other problems:
- Does not updates bank transactions consistently
- Clicking on update creates accounts one more time instead of just downloading the transactions
- Custom invoice template is a big mess. You can create custom templates and save them. But, you cannot edit them or use them to print invoices.

I wonder what kind of dimwit product manager has managed and released this product.

I wish there was some kind of consumer protection law that would let me return this product and get my money back. ... Read more


19. TaxCut 2002 Deluxe Filing Edition
by HR Block Financial
list price: $24.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007E7IG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: HR Block Financial
Sales Rank: 1646
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

H&R Block financial planners assist you in determining if your investments support your financial goals and if your asset allocation matches your risk tolerance. You can also create what-if scenarios for future savings. Nine-year tax preview shows you all the ways that the tax legislation of 2001 will affect you now and in the future. Home Office Assistant walks you through a series of questions to see if your home office qualifies for tax purposes. Retirement Savings Enhancer provides ways to increase your tax and retirement savings to ensure you get the most out of your 401(k).

The improved Error Check feature catches mistakes or omissions that could cost you money or flag your return for an IRS audit. Entry Manager tracks where your data originates, guides you to related forms, and itemizes your entries. It also allows you to flag entries as tentative, so you can go back and review them before you finalize your return. The H&R Block tax law assistant helps you understand the implications of changing tax laws, provides information about how the changes affect your taxes, and ensures you get the maximum tax benefit possible under the new laws. Auto entry automatically imports W-2 and 1099 information from participating employers and financial institutions. Auto entry saves you valuable time and prevents costly data entry errors, and makes it easy to deal with multiple W-2s.

Listen to H&R Block and Kiplinger experts share tips on how to get the most out of your tax return. Learn how changes in your life affect your taxes, and save money by following simple strategies. The H&R Block home mortgage advisor provides customized advice based on your current tax situation, including advice on consolidating debt under a home equity loan. If you are a renter, TaxCut tells you how much you could save in taxes by purchasing a new home. ... Read more

Features

  • No more wading through paperwork for hours -- the simple Tax Assistants bring you the financial assistance you need, step-by-step
  • Work out the total taxable value on your stock portfolios, options, and capital gains with no trouble
  • Find out how you can increase your tax and retirement savings with sound advice from H&R Block and Kiplinger
  • Once you're done, just print out your statement and mail it off, to get your refund faster than ever!

Reviews (154)

1-0 out of 5 stars how do I download it
I just wasted 22 bucks. I have no way to download this product

2-0 out of 5 stars The End
I went to TaxCut because of the spyware problem in TurboTax last year.The program started out fine, but would not end, and could not make electronic submissions to Fed or State.Talked to everyone in TaxCut and I felt I was debuging the program.Had to snail mail the State after finally getting the Fed return to work.Took an extra two weeks to do this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tax Cut has no Spyware C-Dilla, Turbo Tax Does!
H&R Blocks Tax Cut doesn't use the Spyware tool C-Dilla. Intuit introduced this Spyware, C-Dilla, tool to it's longtime customers last year. The Spyware, C-Dilla, prevents you from doing your taxes on your notebook, then transfering them to your desk-top for printing. The Spyware, C-Dilla, prevents you from retrieving your taxes, in case of an audit, if you buy a new computer. Don't have a hard drive failure near tax filing time with the Spyware, C-Dilla, installed. Intuit made the choice between Turbo Tax and Tax Cut easy when they introduced the Spyware, C-Dilla. They sent their customers in droves over to buy H&R's Tax Cut. Thats why I started using H&R's Tax Cut!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars No sweat taxes
Wow, the reviews are quite spotty for a very good and capable program.I am always wary of reviews, and it appears Intuit (Turbo Tax) may have required its employees to submit competitive reviews.I am not affiliated with either product and have used both, but last year switched to Tax Cut for several well publicized reasons--see previous posts.

Tax Cut is cranky about using TT's data, so be prepared to fill in some data.Had worse problems when I switched from Tax Cut to TT three years back and needed to re-enter all the previous year's data.These programs do keep improving each year.

I run XP, have broadband cable, run a wireless home network, and have had no issues with initial loading, downloading updates, or getting the program to work.The rebates for upgrading, free state program, on-line filings, other included freebies, all showed-up within 60 days.I also used the call-a-consultant service for advice on a real estate question and was charged the the nominal fee.

Tax Cut handled all the forms on my 1040 fine, which included capital gains, carryovers, etc., and I had no repercussions from the IRS or worse, California.The program doesn't have as much "fluff" as TT, and is pretty straightforward, with not as much hand-holding, but is not invasive either.

The only negative was it was a little baulky in getting the Fed return co-odinated with my CA State return, but this could have been "pilot error".Overall, a competent product.

1-0 out of 5 stars 2002 Tax Cut
I have no idea how this program works.It will not download.Went back and it said it had downloaded and would not let me try again. ... Read more


20. H&R Block DeductionPro 2004
by H&R Block
list price: $19.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000646EGO
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: H&R Block
Sales Rank: 2040
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Generate tax summary and personal donation reports
  • Software for turning charitable donations into tax savings
  • Easily track cash and noncash contributions during the year
  • Fair-market values for commonly donated items; expert advice
  • Information on donating automobiles to charity and other overlooked deductions

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time or the money (and don't download it!)
I downloaded this software directly from H&R Block as part of an offer for the rebate to get the software free as part of purchasing it with Taxcut. So, I downloaded it with Taxcut, figuring, why not? It's free! WRONG! The rebate if only valid for "retail" purchases (i.e. not downloading it - what a ripoff!).

The software is completely useless, the fields are tiny, you can't enter medium to long charity names, and then you have to edit them in Taxcut (twice the work). It is simpler to use Taxcut honestly. I would never ever buy this software again and I would never again get baited into things I don't need by "free" rebates!

1-0 out of 5 stars Buggy Software that Does Not Save Time
After manually entering many "non-cash" items, I found the total amount for this category was not reflected in the summary page and shown as $0. The data would also not export to Taxcut. When contacted, the technical support "help" was to re-enter everything and if that did not work, to re-install the software. The software did not save me time - it doubled the time it would have taken to just enter the information directly into Taxcut.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good for the basic stuff, nothing more
I had no install or functional issues with this product, however my complaint is this: for $19.99 this software should know armoire, stereo CD player, etc.Basically it has a database of the most common household and office items, nothing more.In the long run will it help you save more money?Maybe, depends on what you are trying to claim.

I expect more from H&R Block.

1-0 out of 5 stars This software is awful
Warning: After successfully saving my file, I continued to input over 100 line items in this program (a very time consuming task). When finished, I tried to save but received an error message. Then when I tried to open my file, the message said it wasn't a valid file format. My file was corrupted and cannot be retrieved, and the technical support had no idea how it happened or whether it could happen again. They suggested that I back-up the file, but since this all happened in one sitting, I didn't have the chance.

The non-cash charitable contribution section is a great idea, but it's cumbersome: you have to scroll down a very long list each time (no key words). Plus, there are many every-day items that aren't on the list; bicycle helmet is, but dishware isn't.If the item isn't on the list, you have to enter it manually and assign a value, which is what I was trying to avoid by buying this program.Also, some of the distinctions are laborious; you need to indicate if a women's top is button down or v-neck, for example.

I haven't tried the alternative, but I won't buy this program again.I am in the process of returning it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for large deductions
After getting it configured with all the specs it needs (charity names, etc), easy to use and acurate.I took a sample list of what it has into my local Goodwill store and prices were pretty accurate for clothing and more so for furniture.

I would say one could do the same by walking through a charity shop to place the value on donated goods but if one does not have a local shop or the time then pick this up.

One draw back I found is that when you set it up, you have to select one year or the other (2004 or 2005) could not choose both or revert back and rechoose.Although I suspect if one would remove it (registry entries too) and reinstall it, then you could select another year and track this years donations.

The other draw back is entering the items, for each one, you have to enter the date, would not use the same date used in previous entry, which I needed as I dropped off a couple of bags of clothes.


BTW This product may or may not have been included free inside the Taxcut Deluxe packages like mine was. ... Read more


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