Lowest Price: Federal and State Returns
The best price value for federal and state online tax software is H&R Block At Home Deluxe online or desktop software, which includes support for investments and retirement income. To get this support in TurboTax, you will have to buy TurboTax Premier at a cost of $10 - $40 more, depending your preference for desktop or online tax software.
TurboTax and H&R Block At Home Support
The experience with getting support while using TurboTax and H&R Block At Home is equally convenient and helpful. Both offer online communities where users can ask and answer questions, and tax professionals will answer tax-related questions.
If you have a question about using either tax software before you try or buy it, you will find that the TurboTax support site gets answers to your questions fast. To get pre-purchase questions answered for H&R Block At Home, you need to start a free return in H&R Block At Home Online to get access to Personal Answer Center, which is inconvenient for pre-purchase questions.
H&R Block At Home Premium offers the lowest price for tax returns that include self-employment taxes. At Home Premium costs $50 ($80 with state) for online, and $60 (state included) for Windows or Mac desktop software.
TurboTax Home & Business Online costs $75 ($112 with state), and it's $100 (state included) for Windows or Mac desktop software.
The cost of H&R Block At Home includes help from a tax professional if you are audited. This makes H&R Block At Home a better value for audit support.
TurboTax includes the Audit Support Center software download to help with tax audits, but you will have to pay $40 for audit support insurance which would provide a tax professional to assist with an audit if needed.
Active Investors, Stock Traders, Rental Property
If you made several investment transactions last year, both TurboTax and H&R Block At Home download 1099 data from many financial institutions, which saves considerable amounts of time. H&R Block At Home Deluxe is the better deal, since this version supports investments and rental property taxes. To get the same support with TurboTax, you will need to use TurboTax Premier which runs from $27-$45 more than H&R Block At Home Deluxe.
When deciding on TurboTax, H&R Block At Home or other tax software, take time to compare choices. Always read the details and fine print for features that are important for your tax return.