Both taxcut federal and state (california) worked perfectly for me. No missing forms, no calculations left to me, and nothing extra i had to do. I had a moderately difficult return (moving between states last year) and the total time to get all my returns done was about 2 1/2 hours. In previous years i’ve used turbotax, but the price and spyware/registration difficulties scared me off, since i was preparing my return on the 12th. No time to fix it if i had problems w/ turbotax. And state packages, got a full rebate for the price of the state package, and was working on the taxes about a half hour after i started the purchase. I’ll definitly use taxcut next year.
I originaly went with turbotax 4 years ago because it was the premier (not to mention the only one i knew) tax software. There customer service was extremely lacking, not offering a 1-800 number for me to call with questions (something some don’t care about, but is important to me). I stuck with it the second year because i wanted to easily import the previous year. Still had problems but stuck it out. The third year i had to download their state program. They made sure to take my credit card info before i downloaded it. My internet connection was lost, and i had to go through the whole thing all over again. That’s right- turbotax billed me twice.
TaxCut 2002 Deluxe Filing Edition
- 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!
I switched to taxcut last year and turbotax’s inclusion of cdilla spyware in this year’s version only clarified my decision. Taxcut is almost identical to turbotax in many ways, and functions just as well as tt but without the spyware. I have no issues with tt’s decision to use copy protection, but spyware (which does not uninstall if/when you uninstall turbotax) crosses the line. The only flaw that i can see with taxcut is the state filing. When installing and loading the state version, i get a message to install an update to get the latest information. When i click the ‘update now’ button, i’m told i have the latest update – but i can’t go any further in the state preparation until i ‘update now. ‘ a 10 minute search on the taxcut website reveals that some states do not have the latest information available, and you can’t use taxcut state (if your state is one of those) until the update is available – mid-february for me. Why isn’t this information given at installation, or when the ‘update now’ button is presented?. Why not allow me to at least start my state preparation while i wait for the update?.
I have used turbotax since its inception, but of course this year i returned it after i discovered the mess they made of it. I ordered taxcut from amazon which came free shipping and no sales tax, a good deal. Since 1949 i have done my taxes, today in addition to my taxes i do my son’s business taxes, schedule c etc. And my two granddaughters taxes. They each downloaded from the 2001 turbotax program into taxcut without any problems. After using turbotax for so many years i had to learn the taxcut way of doing things but that was no problem they make it all very easy. I am impressed with taxcut and will use it hereafter. All the necessary forms for the refunds were in the box with the addresses. Reading the problems of others in importing from turbotax or not finding return addresses for refunds i rather think it is the computer operator rather than a diabolical scheme perpetrated by h&r block.
I haven’t been entirely happy with turbotax these last few years, and now that they have crippled their software and bundled persistent spy-ware i have switched to taxcut. It’s better and more user friendly. I wish i would have switched sooner.
TaxCut 2002 Deluxe Filing Edition : I started using this for the first time this year because of the brain dead shenanigans being pulled by the folks who did turbotax. I must say right now i am impressed. It mostly looks like any other tax software out there, but i noticed right away that the question/answer session seems to be a lot more well laid out. The questions are easier to understand. Granted, i am no dummy when it comes to finance software, but a lot of people are, and i can see this being a huge advantage for other folks. Probably the best thing though is the price.