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70 Percent Discount Off H&R Block At Home (Formerly TaxCut)

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February 15, 2010 update: The sale mentioned below is now over. Stay tuned for new sale announcements.

Starting today and ending Sunday, February 14, 2010, H&R Block is offering a discount of up to 70% off the regular prices for the company’s online do-it-yourself tax filing software, At Home (formerly TaxCut). I consider H&R Block to offer one of the top three online income tax filing systems alongside Intuit TurboTax and TaxACT, so if you are getting ready to file, this Valentine’s Day sale could be a good opportunity.

Here are the details. For the next few days, each edition of At Home — Basic, Deluxe, and Premium — will be available for $14. In the case of the Premium software, that is a 70% discount off the regular price. Most people will need only the Basic edition. The Deluxe edition handles additional options for investors and homeowners. Self-employed individuals like myself would find the Premium edition to be best suited.

The $14 price applies to filing the federal income tax only. If you wish to complete your state income tax return using the software, there will be an additional charge of $29.95 for each state. There is no charge for starting your return.

In order to qualify for the discounts, you must sign up for H&R Block At Home through these links.

Product Description Regular
Price
Sale
Price
H&R Block At Home Basic Best for simple tax situations $14.95 $14.00
H&R Block At Home Deluxe Best for investors / homeowners $29.95 $14.00
H&R Block At Home Premium Best for self-employed / rental property owners $49.95 $14.00

The above prices are valid for this weekend only.

TaxACT offers free federal filing for everyone, with state filing for an extra fee. TurboTax also offers a free edition, but it is limited to the information found on the 1040EZ form. Other versions cost $29.95, $49.95, or $74.95, with the versions corresponding progressively with H&R Block’s varieties.

I’ve left online filing behind in favor of letting an accountant do all the work. What’s your favorite software for filing your taxes?

Updated March 21, 2011 and originally published February 12, 2010. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar Financial Samurai

Sweet, perfect timing. Thanks for highlighting! Gonna do my taxes this weekend before V-Day.

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avatar Brandon

There is another free version of TurboTax that allows you to do more than a 1040EZ if you meet a certain set of criteria.

http://turbotax.intuit.com/taxfreedom/

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avatar Steve

TurboTax also has a Basic version that’s only $15, or really $11.20 after ubiquitous 25% off codes (I got mine through my Fidelity account but the page I clicked through said you don’t even have to be a fidelity customer.)

I heard that there’s a new option from the IRS this year – electronic forms that you can fill out, they automatically fill in the calculated fields, and then you can submit them electronically, all for free. I might use that next year instead.

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avatar Barb

Dang it! I’ve used TaxCut for years and already purchased H&R Block At Home.

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avatar Common Sense

This is no “sale” you can buy the “H&R Block + State” product in almost any store in the country for $44 and that includes 5 free FEDERAL e-files. Even with that product you have to pony at least another $19.95 to file your State form electronically. — Just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,475 (Platinum)

Please explain how it isn’t a “sale” to buy the product for $14 this weekend from H&R Block directly, $30 less than the price for which you say you can find the product in a store.

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,475 (Platinum)

Thanks Brandon and Steve for mentioning the cheaper or free alternatives.

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avatar conedude13

i’ve never had any good luck with doing the taxes myself. every year, however, i do them myself THEN go to a tax pro. I did h&r block one year then libery tax the next then, this year, an accountant. the accountant was HALF the price!! it was AMAZING!! i was in and out of there in 30 min! the dude actually KNEW what he was doing instead of just punching in numbers into the company’s proprietary software in a similar fashion that i would be doing if i were at home. LOVE IT!! final price was $150 and i HIGHLY recommend going to one.

the reason that i went with going to a tax company also more than made up for itself because, no matter where i actually did go, they got me more cash back on my return to cover for going there AND still had extra left over.

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avatar Reagan

I agree with the Tax Pro option.

I’ve already filed this year, but have a CPA looking over last years and this years returns to see if I did anything wrong. If he shows me I did something wrong then I’ll probably never use software again.

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avatar David C

I still love TaxAct Deluxe (desktop software), but I do have fairly simple taxes. I don’t blame Flexo or anyone else with a more complicated situation going straight to an accountant.

Honestly, I don’t know why anyone would go to these retail tax shops. I think you’d either be better off doing it yourself or have a CPA do it.

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avatar Reagan

Another problem with the retail tax shops is that if you are audited they are not permitted to represent you before the IRS, at least in the cases I’ve seen involving H&R Block offices and some other local places where I live.

So if you get an audit notice you need to find a CPA, EA, or tax attorney. I like the EA myself since they are federally licensed, but I don’t see anything wrong with the CPA.

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avatar James

Accutaly HR block is authorized to represent you. Thats what you pruchase the “peace of mind” for at a extra cost of $30.

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avatar SavingEverything

I think the reason CommonSense says this “‘is NOT A SALE (for basic)”: is because if you wish to complete your state tax income tax return using the software, there will be an additional charge of $29.95 for each state. That means, you pay $14+29.95 (for “basic”, “deluxe”, and “premium” H&R Block At Home softwares with each state). So, I think Common thinks this software at $14.00 will just allow you to complete a federal income tax only.

For large families, where in-laws live together, the software box (with cd) from a brick-and-mortar store is the best approach, because you’ll have the software on CD and useful in case of computer problems and you need to make calculations changes within 3 years for either amendments or audits.

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avatar Joe Welsh

I tried using H&R Block At Home Deluxe this tax season largely because I had used TaxCut for the last 4 years. My experience was so frustrating I abandoned using H&R Block and moved over to TurboTax. The first problem I encountered with H&R Block was a result of the name change. The online software required a re-registering of my user account which did not work without contacting customer support. The reset process worked OK but having to make that call was frustrating.
The next headaches came from At Home user interface. The only charitable way to describe it is “Yuck.” The interface is cumbersome to work with and the language to support the tax steps is unclear and riddled with grammatical errors.
When I finally made it through to the error checking stage the software reported one error. There was no direct reference to the location of the error and I was left to try and find it on my own. After several passes through the forms trying to find the error I was left with no choice but to punt and find new software.
Do yourself a favor and skip on this stinking pile of junk.

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