- 1 How TurboTax Tax Tools Rank For 2016 - 2017 Tax Support
How TurboTax Tax Tools Rank For 2016 - 2017 Tax Support
Many tax tools help consumers prepare their tax returns but tax calculators not only help with the tax preparation process, but, they are also a great tool to reduce stress. What? What do you mean? I can already hear the questions flying but bear with me hear. What I mean to say is that when you don't know what your tax liability is, it's easy to get stressed out in anticipation of a big income tax bill.
The TurboTax TaxCaster is a super duty tool that can be used online or downloaded to your smart phone. I personally use it on my iphone because it's simple to install and easy to use anytime I want to make adjustments to my existing figures.
So why anytime? Well, during the year changes in investments, or income and expenses can alter what my taxes will be, so, if I make these changes periodically on the app, I am always aware of - and prepared for my tax liability obligations.
The TurboTax TaxCaster Estimator Calculator makes it simple to make adjustments by going straight to the section needing alterations and adjusting the slide bar for income, property taxes paid, interest earned, taxes already paid, donations made, or any other income tax effecting financial adjustments you need to make.
We Predict that the TurboTax Deluxe Edition will be the most widely used tax software program in the country this year. Hey, bold prediction right? Not really, it's quite simple actually since this has been the case for years. The TurboTax Deluxe Tax Software Edition like most deluxe editions in any brand offer the most commonly used capabilities such as homeowner tax support, tax deduction, credit and benefit guidance, plus individual and family tax filing. However, TurboTax Deluxe takes it a step farther with it's tax deduction detection capabilities. Fact is, it is literally programmed to evaluate your tax return and help you search out additional tax breaks.
With all the ups and downs that life dishes out there is no doubt that any help that's available to offer support on life changes is always welcome.
With TurboTax Deluxe you get financial guidance for events that cause big changes to your tax preparation. Moving and getting a new home or job, getting married or having kids, going back for more education or retiring, they all require you to add additional data to your tax return. Now I'm no wizard on tax advice in these areas, but TurboTax sure is. The TurboTax Life Events Advisor will help you decipher how life changes effect your taxes.
Our answer to that question is a resounding yes, However, that does not mean that other choices like H&R Block Tax Software are not worth your consideration. Many choices may work well for your tax filing needs but, Intuit dumps more time, effort, and money into the development of their financial management products and TurboTax is no exception to that rule. Simply put, just look at the innovation offered thru TurboTax products, including:
- TurboTax Mobile Smartphone App
- For submitting your tax return from your phone
- TurboTax TaxCaster Smartphone App
- For calculating taxes owed or total refund amount
- TurboTax itsDeductible Smartphone App
- For tracking your charitable giving tax breaks
- TurboTax MyTaxRefund Smartphone App
- For tracking your refund after you file your return
- Learning TurboTax Smartphone App
- Practice app for using TurboTax software
- TurboTax Tax Preparation Software
- Free Edition, Basic Edition, Deluxe Edition, Premier Edition, Home and Business Edition, Business Edition, Military Edition, FreeFile Alliance Edition
- TurboTax W-4 Withholding Calculator
- See how the number of exemptions you claim can increase or decrease your year end tax refund
- TurboTax IRA Retirement Calculator
- Know how you can contribute to your retirement fund and reduce the amount of taxes you pay at the same time
- TurboTax Life Events Advisor
- See how changes in your life effect your taxes, new job, got married, had a baby, bought a new home
- TurboTax Health Care Calculator
- See how you fit into the new health care system and whether or not you qualify for a financial subsidy
- TurboTax AnswerXchange
- Get questions answer by the TurboTax Community people to people help center
Now you see how TurboTax continues to innovate ahead of the competition to offer products that make life in the financial state much more manageable and understandable.
Tax season is never a time to look forward to unless your expecting a big refund, and even then the tax preparation process can be intimidating. However, what TurboTax does is loosen the tension by supplying easy to use products that are there to make the tasks at hand easier to understand and complete.
I find myself more often then not getting confused and frustrated by overly complicated software and website navigation. When I visit the TurboTax Online website or use the software I find myself pleasantly surprised at how clean and easy to navigate as well as plain spoken these product are. It's about moving forward and not being dogged down in legal mumbo jumbo and technical jargon I don't understand.
TurboTax allows me to do just that, keep moving forward!
New software is being built every day in order to make your technological life so much easier. From day to day tasks like word processing to more intricate items like photo and video editing, software enriches our lives by making our computer tasks more efficient and manageable.
The 2015 online version of Deluxe (for the 2016 tax season) has just been put on sale by the folks at the official TurboTax Store at Intuit.com. And it’s just in time for all of us procrastinators waiting until the last moment to file our tax returns. If you pick it up anytime between now and April 18th, you’ll save 10%В of Deluxe or any of the other best selling versions, which makes it our favorite deal at the moment. With the online version, there is no software to install – Just login to your online TurboTax account to complete your return. As you complete your return and see that you actually need one of the other versions, like Premier or Home & Business, you’ll be able to upgrade as you go. This offer expires April 18, 2016.
Amazon, the top volume reseller of TurboTax software, now has some of the best deals on Deluxe and all the other 2015 versions of TurboTax. Select from the boxed and digital versions with eFile and State return included. Amazon lets you download your order for PC or Mac immediately after you checkout so no waiting to the box to arrive in the mail if you’re in a rush to file your tax return (plus youвЂ™re doing your part for the environment by avoiding the packaging waste). If you do need the box, then Amazon will ship it out to you for free. No promo codes are needed as the sale price already reflects the discount. See site for full offer details. Prices and discounts are subject to vary and/or change without notice.
Amazon has once again brought back their popular Quicken TurboTax bundle discount. Now when you buy a qualifying version of TurboTax Deluxe (with or without State) along with a qualifying copy of Quicken 2016 software in the same order, then you can save an extra $20.00 on your purchase. Free shipping is included as well. No additional promotional codes are needed at the time of ordering but you will need to have both both qualifying items added to your cart to see the discount. Offer expires on this year’s tax deadline, April 18, 2016.
If youвЂ™re new to TurboTax or if youвЂ™re not sure which edition is right for you, then you can start your tax return for free. Choose from any of the online editions and set up a free account (or login to your existing one) to begin. YouвЂ™ll be able to go through and complete your entire tax return and see your estimated refund, but you will not be able to file or print it out unless you decide to order. There is no time limit on this trial and if you find itвЂ™s not the right solution for you, then you can delete your account.
How many e-files can you get with TurboTax Deluxe?
You receive one Federal E-File of your tax return with your TurboTax Deluxe order. However, if you are returning multiple returns, youвЂ™re able to efile up to five of them at no additional cost. This limit of five is set by the IRS and not by TurboTax directly. If you need to file a State return, it costs an extra $19.99/each with the option to order up to three per federal return. Another option is to print your return and send it by mail for no additional charges.
What forms are included with included with TurboTax Deluxe?
YouвЂ™ll find all of the most commonly-filed IRS Tax forms and schedules in your order. This includes all of the below:
Be sure to see the full list of forms found in the help section at Intuit.com.
Can I get a good deal on TurboTax Deluxe at my local electronics store?
Of course! It just can be a little bit harder to find similar discounts as you do online. Two stores that will have good deals during tax season is Costco and Walmart. At Costco, they will have the boxed version in store during most of the tax season with deals ranging from $10.00 to $20.00 off the listed retail price. You just have to be a Costco member to shop there. Walmart will also have a similar discount depending on the version that you end up choosing. WeвЂ™ve seen it on sale for as low as $48.97, but the price tends to go as we get as we approach the tax deadline.
You can also take a moment and call your favorite bank or credit union as we’ve seen many of then also offer their customers discounts throughout the tax season. Some worth checking include Bank of America, AAPR, AAA, USAA, Chase, Citi Bank, Discover Card, Vangaurd and Visa (these are the most popular ones). В Although the savings tend to vary depending on the promotion you ultimately end up getting, you’re likely to save anywhere between $10.00 and $20.00 on your purchase.
Get $20 OFF Get $20 off TurboTax Deluxe at Intuit.com.
With the new year comes, well, the time where we have to start worrying abut paying our taxes. While it’s always difficult to get started, TurboTax makes it as painless as possible with their step by step tax programs. And to help you get filed in time this year, they are offering $20 off the Deluxe online or desktop (cd) versions when picked up directly at intuit.com between now and April 15th, 2017. Just follow the above link to get the offer applied to your cart and proceed with your purchase (or click the “get started for free” option if you’re going with the online version).
Up to 34% OFF TurboTax Deluxe for 2017 now on sale at Amazon.
Amazon now has both TurboTax Deluxe 2017 versions (those with or without the State return) now on sale for up to 34% off. That’s a savings of up to $20.00 the retail price. Mac and PC versions are available, as well as the download version that will let you install your order immediately after you finish checking out. Free standard shipping is included if you choose to receive the physical box. Prices can vary daily and across the version you decide to purchase so see Amazon.com for full discount details.
Bundle Deal! Get $20 off with the 2017 TurboTax/Quicken bundle.
If you’re a user a Quicken and haven’t yet upgraded to the 2017 version, then there is no better time to upgrade because the TurboTax/Quicken bundle discount is back again during this tax season. Several retails seem to have it but our favorite place to pick it up is at Amazon. Buy a select TurboTax/Quicken bundle and you’ll get up to $20.00 off instantly on your entire order. You will also get free shipping. Offer should last through April 15, 2017.
Try it Free Try out TurboTax Deluxe for free before you buy.
If you haven’t used TurboTax before or if you want to test out the difference between versions for yourself, then you can start your actual return for free to see if you like it before ordering. Unlike a traditional free trial download, there is no software to install as you complete it all online at TurboTax.com. You can save all your work as you go along and once you near the end of your return, you can decide to either file with them (any pay for the copy at this point) or just simply cancel. H&R Block offers the same free trial offer.
TurboTax has developed a reputation of being user friendly in the complicated world of tax returns. TurboTax Deluxe is the most popular version of the software because it fits the needs of the majority of taxpayers.
Individuals who used TurboTax before will not be very surprised. Intuit, the parent company of TurboTax, has been keeping the interface clean and simple to help you move through the tax preparation process smoothly and be able to easily identify what you’re looking for.
Filing a tax return is a process and TurboTax is trying to make that process as simple and quick as possible especially when it comes to operations that do not require important decision-making. Here’s what the software can do for you:
- If you are a returning customer, it will transfer your personal details from the prior return; your job is to verify accuracy of information or indicate any changes (filing status, birth of a child, etc.).
- Import your W-2 or 1099 forms from over a million institutions; in case yours is not available, take a picture of your W-2 or 1099 with a smart phone and TurboTax does the rest.
- When you complete a federal portion of the tax return, TurboTax will transfer all the necessary information to the state return.
- If you’re new to TurboTax, know that the learning curve is not a curve at all; everything is very intuitive and you don’t have to pay anything to try it – if you feel this isn’t for you, simply pick a different software.
As you prepare your return you it’s natural to have some questions. TurboTax typically includes answers to the most commonly asked questions related to the topic you are currently on. If that’s not sufficient, you may get help via SmartLook and chat with a tax expert.
Deluxe version will help you find all the deductions and credits you qualify for to ensure the maximum refund. TurboTax stays updated to the current tax laws and is not only confident in 100% accuracy of your return, it guarantees you get the maximum refund. The software analyzes over 350 deductions and credits with its Deduction Finder, and applies those that make most sense based on the income and personal information you provided.
As a taxpayer, by purchasing TurboTax Deluxe you can also count on help with the following:
- Guidance for homeowners – get the most out your investment in real estate and get help with questions related to property taxes, mortgage interest.
- Deduct your donations – ItsDeductible app lets you track donation all year round and import that information to TurboTax when you’re ready to file taxes; with the app you’ll be able to value items you donate and get answers to common donation questions.
In summary, TurboTax Deluxe offers high level of automation, security and accuracy. It calculates your refund amount as you go and handles efiling your tax returns with ease.
It’s also important to note that other TurboTax promotions may exist through your financial institution or credit union (like the TurboTax Bank of America discount, as well as some that may be offered from Citi, Vanguard, or AAA). These partner/customer discounts will vary but you’ll often find that usually the ultimate savings will be nearly identical to the ones already posted here on Let’s Do Taxes.