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.
|H&R Block At Home Basic||Best for simple tax situations||$14.00|
|H&R Block At Home Deluxe||Best for investors / homeowners||$14.00|
|H&R Block At Home Premium||Best for self-employed / rental property owners||$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.