All of these tax software choices guarantee the greatest possible refund, accuracy, and use an interview to walk you through completing your taxes. Many offer tax apps for iPhone, Android tax apps and iPad apps. Online versions have multiple security measures in place to protect your data. If you use desktop tax software, be sure to back up your data and create a password in the software to prevent anyone viewing or accessing your data.
If you're not sure how to determine which tax software is best for your return, see my 10 Tips for Choosing Tax Software.
TurboTax includes ItsDeductible Online to help with finding the value of tax deductible charitable contributions, and this year, all versions include the ability to have tax questions answered by tax professionals at no additional cost. TurboTax has a free federal online version, but is otherwise typically the most expensive tax software available. The additional cost may be worth it to experienced tax software users since TurboTax lets you move ahead in the tax interview and flag areas you need to return to later to add more information.
TurboTax Military Edition is new this year, and is free for junior enlisted military members with a discount for those in higher ranks.
TaxACT Online is available all year-round and releases annual free preview versions in October to allow people to get a head start on their taxes or to do some year end tax planning. Full versions release in January and information entered in the preview version transfers over.
The audit support feature provides a trained H&R Block agent to advise and help with correspondence from the IRS, audit preparation and representation during audit proceedings. This feature and the Best of Both package make H&R Block At Home an excellent value for the price. H&R Block DeductionPro is included for help with tax deductible donations to charity.
- Prices range from free to $29.95 with low priced state returns.
- TaxSlayer Versions, Features and Prices
CharityDeductions tax deduction tracking software is included with eSmart Tax / CompleteTax Premium.
- Prices run from free to $29.95.
- eSmart Tax / CompleteTax Versions, Features and Prices
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