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bought mine today - I look for this sale every year!

I grab this at Amazons sale around this time each year. I agree with bluefude, it probably won't be much lower than this. Last year I bought the 2011 version on 1/7/12 for $19.99. Oh well $2 won't break it...considering we lost the FICA break for 2013. Software works fine for my rather simple homeowner return. The 5 Federal efiles seal the deal. If I remember right, last year I was able to efile the NYS return free also...don't hold me to that.

Will I be missing something (as in, wasting $10) if I get the Premium version compared to Deluxe?
I don't have rental properties.
Is there any benefit of trying to apply Schedule C ( even if it is only a 'what if' scenario)?

Please comment for someone that is not a tax accountant. Thanks.


Edit >>>>
From what I gathered comparing both versions more closely, Premium caters to:
- rental property owners
- if you have self emplyed income

Premium is supposed to include state as well. Can't confirm this, but would be only $5 more compared to Deluxe + state.

Dollar Tree has had the basic version for $1 at least for the past 3 years. It doesn't include State or efile (extra fee) but if your State is easy and you don't mind mailing your return it is a great deal. I did my taxes by hand until a married an accountant, now we have to buy the software.

bping2 said:   Will I be missing something (as in, wasting $10) if I get the Premium version compared to Deluxe?
I don't have rental properties.
Is there any benefit of trying to apply Schedule C ( even if it is only a 'what if' scenario)?

Please comment for someone that is not a tax accountant. Thanks.


Edit >>>>
From what I gathered comparing both versions more closely, Premium caters to:
- rental property owners
- if you have self emplyed income

Premium is supposed to include state as well. Can't confirm this, but would be only $5 more compared to Deluxe + state.
Comparison chart by version

HELPDESKGUY said:   Good price but still holding out for free....

There is a free version... Just search for it on SD posted by estoyloco.

karkura said:   How does this compare to TurboTax?

I got a good deal on H&R through Groupon last year. I always used TurboTax before then. I couldn't transfer any of my previous info, H&R was A LOT less user-friendly, got errors. I bit the bullet and bought TurboTax again. It was a total loss on the H&R. If I'd never used TurboTax, I might have been fine using H&R. If you've always used TurboTax, I'd stay with it.

In for 1. Thanks OP.

There is a thread over at SD about getting HR Block Deluxe with State for basically free

http://slickdeals.net/f/5768474-H-R-Block-At-Home-Deluxe-State-eFile-FREE-it-s-back-Premium-State-Program-19-95?&page=46

bping2 said:   Will I be missing something (as in, wasting $10) if I get the Premium version compared to Deluxe?
I don't have rental properties.
Is there any benefit of trying to apply Schedule C ( even if it is only a 'what if' scenario)?

Please comment for someone that is not a tax accountant. Thanks.


Edit >>>>
From what I gathered comparing both versions more closely, Premium caters to:
- rental property owners
- if you have self emplyed income

Premium is supposed to include state as well. Can't confirm this, but would be only $5 more compared to Deluxe + state.


Deluxe includes schedule C. I just doesn't give you "advice".

I usually grab the Deluxe no-state version for about two dollars less than today's price in mid-February, but this is pretty close to as low as it gets, historically.

i see people sayng the box is useless versus the download. A few years back I needed to reprint a tax return from 3 years earlier, in the interim I had gotten a new computer and while I had saved my returns and migrated them to the new computer, I had not bothered to reinstall that years software on teh new computer. It happens that year I needed to print was the ONE year I bought a download version, not the box. I could NOT print my return, I ended up finding and buying the old version to reinstall and print the return. It was $45 or so and I kicked myself. Now I save my returns as PDF's as well as the tax programs file format (and do 2 separate back ups) and keep the physical discs with the software in case a few years dwn the road I need to reinstall the program.

cerich said:   i see people sayng the box is useless versus the download. A few years back I needed to reprint a tax return from 3 years earlier, in the interim I had gotten a new computer and while I had saved my returns and migrated them to the new computer, I had not bothered to reinstall that years software on teh new computer. It happens that year I needed to print was the ONE year I bought a download version, not the box. I could NOT print my return, I ended up finding and buying the old version to reinstall and print the return. It was $45 or so and I kicked myself. Now I save my returns as PDF's as well as the tax programs file format (and do 2 separate back ups) and keep the physical discs with the software in case a few years dwn the road I need to reinstall the program.

I totally agree. BACK UP your old tax returns to several cloud services (encrypted of course). H&R Block charges you money to get old ones printed.

cerich said:   i see people sayng the box is useless versus the download. A few years back I needed to reprint a tax return from 3 years earlier, in the interim I had gotten a new computer and while I had saved my returns and migrated them to the new computer, I had not bothered to reinstall that years software on teh new computer. It happens that year I needed to print was the ONE year I bought a download version, not the box. I could NOT print my return, I ended up finding and buying the old version to reinstall and print the return. It was $45 or so and I kicked myself. Now I save my returns as PDF's as well as the tax programs file format (and do 2 separate back ups) and keep the physical discs with the software in case a few years dwn the road I need to reinstall the program.

I bought the download version off Amazon the past two years. I back up the install files with a text file containing my key on my file server, but I can always go to Amazon and re-download from "My Software Library", there's a download link and my key code there if I ever need it. As far as I'm concerned, there's no real advantage to the boxed copy vs. the download version when buying this from Amazon.

cerich said:   i see people sayng the box is useless versus the download. A few years back I needed to reprint a tax return from 3 years earlier, in the interim I had gotten a new computer and while I had saved my returns and migrated them to the new computer, I had not bothered to reinstall that years software on teh new computer. It happens that year I needed to print was the ONE year I bought a download version, not the box. I could NOT print my return, I ended up finding and buying the old version to reinstall and print the return. It was $45 or so and I kicked myself. Now I save my returns as PDF's as well as the tax programs file format (and do 2 separate back ups) and keep the physical discs with the software in case a few years dwn the road I need to reinstall the program.
I've started installing infrequently-used software which I need to keep around for many years (like tax software) in a virtual machine. That way when I upgrade computers every 2-3 years, I can just copy the entire virtual machine over without having to worry about reinstalling. But yeah, definitely keep a PDF or printout of everything you send to the IRS.

Also, it's interesting that the price goes up after several years. One of the LLCs I'm a member of consistently files an extension and sends me my K-1 in September. So I have to file an extension on my taxes anyway. I use the previous year's software to estimate my taxes and send the IRS a prepayment for that amount. Then around June I can usually pick up the current year's tax software for about $8-$10.

The extra charge to efile your state return always irks me. Then I'm reminded Virginia had a free filing system for everyone until a Intuit/H&R Block sponsored bill got rid of it. Best representation money can buy, and us regular people don't have enough money to compete.

ThriftyNet said:   ... The 5 Federal efiles seal the deal. If I remember right, last year I was able to efile the NYS return free also...don't hold me to that.
Yes, efile for NYS was free. However, this is probably due to the fact that NYS prohibits additional charges for e-filing (link).

jhpurchases said:   There is a thread over at SD about getting HR Block Deluxe with State for basically free

http://slickdeals.net/f/5768474-H-R-Block-At-Home-Deluxe-State-eFile-FREE-it-s-back-Premium-State-Program-19-95?&page=46
A 15 step process in order to save $20ish does not seem like a hot deal imo.

kirbydog said:   jhpurchases said:   There is a thread over at SD about getting HR Block Deluxe with State for basically free

http://slickdeals.net/f/5768474-H-R-Block-At-Home-Deluxe-State-eFile-FREE-it-s-back-Premium-State-Program-19-95?&page=46
A 15 step process in order to save $20ish does not seem like a hot deal imo.


There are only two steps for me.
Replace the application file and run it (since i have the DVD)
It was totally effortless!

Always keep your old returns forever. This is one thing that I wold not shred. The government can come back on you at any time. I am an accountant an the state of Indiana made an error and sold my wife's information to a collection agency. This was the only year that she did not have a copy. She filed in Ca because she was in school. Fortunately, Ca had it and the problem was solved.

Remember the government makes mistakes even though they will not admit it.

Thanks Butcherboy! That was a good find. Now if the IRS can get things ironed out so we can actually file our taxes that will be great too.

Just got the download for deluxe with state, tried for the cd but got hit with tax. So beware if you live in CA if you want to avoid it.

Went over for my first visit to SD and spent an hour trying to get the deal by patching the CD ISO. I got a message the deal was dead from HR but they did offer a deal. I ended up with $14.95 + Indiana sales tax giving me $16 for Deluxw Fed + Fed efile and State + State efile. That's cheap enough for me and I have it installed and ready for the January 10th Federal update.

jhpurchases said:   There is a thread over at SD about getting HR Block Deluxe with State for basically free

slickdeals.net/f/5768474-H-R-Block-At-Home-Deluxe-State-eFile-FREE-it-s-back-Premium-State-Program-19-95?&page=46


Been wondering why no one on FW was talking about this deal, figured it was banned. I did the free software and efile trick with no problems at all, took 5 minutes and not only do you save the $21.99 you also save the $19.99 efile for state on this deal at SD. So it's $42 savings.

nicemann said:   jhpurchases said:   There is a thread over at SD about getting HR Block Deluxe with State for basically free

slickdeals.net/f/5768474-H-R-Block-At-Home-Deluxe-State-eFile-FREE-it-s-back-Premium-State-Program-19-95?&page=46


Been wondering why no one on FW was talking about this deal, figured it was banned. I did the free software and efile trick with no problems at all, took 5 minutes and not only do you save the $21.99 you also save the $19.99 efile for state on this deal at SD. So it's $42 savings.


Because it takes soooo many steps for some individuals! LOL

thanks

odhater said:   kirbydog said:   jhpurchases said:   There is a thread over at SD about getting HR Block Deluxe with State for basically free

http://slickdeals.net/f/5768474-H-R-Block-At-Home-Deluxe-State-eFile-FREE-it-s-back-Premium-State-Program-19-95?&page=46
A 15 step process in order to save $20ish does not seem like a hot deal imo.


There are only two steps for me.
Replace the application file and run it (since i have the DVD)
It was totally effortless!


Yes, just installed mine for free too. It's very easy if you follow the instructions.

Awww.. I bought the premium version a day ago.. I missed the discount offer. I managed to get the free e-file codes per SD thread discussion.

Thanks for posting this.

Thanks OP. One more year is done.

Solandri said:   cerich said:   i see people sayng the box is useless versus the download. A few years back I needed to reprint a tax return from 3 years earlier, in the interim I had gotten a new computer and while I had saved my returns and migrated them to the new computer, I had not bothered to reinstall that years software on teh new computer. It happens that year I needed to print was the ONE year I bought a download version, not the box. I could NOT print my return, I ended up finding and buying the old version to reinstall and print the return. It was $45 or so and I kicked myself. Now I save my returns as PDF's as well as the tax programs file format (and do 2 separate back ups) and keep the physical discs with the software in case a few years dwn the road I need to reinstall the program.
I've started installing infrequently-used software which I need to keep around for many years (like tax software) in a virtual machine. That way when I upgrade computers every 2-3 years, I can just copy the entire virtual machine over without having to worry about reinstalling. But yeah, definitely keep a PDF or printout of everything you send to the IRS.

Also, it's interesting that the price goes up after several years. One of the LLCs I'm a member of consistently files an extension and sends me my K-1 in September. So I have to file an extension on my taxes anyway. I use the previous year's software to estimate my taxes and send the IRS a prepayment for that amount. Then around June I can usually pick up the current year's tax software for about $8-$10.


I'm confused and fascinated. I always thought that a virtual machine went away. How do you keep new software and context in a virtual machine?

By the way, got the 95 cent deal described over at the other website. It was super easy.

Thanks Butcherboy!

odhater said:   nicemann said:   jhpurchases said:   There is a thread over at SD about getting HR Block Deluxe with State for basically free
slickdeals.net/f/5768474-H-R-Block-At-Home-Deluxe-State-eFile-FREE-it-s-back-Premium-State-Program-19-95?&page=46
Been wondering why no one on FW was talking about this deal, figured it was banned. I did the free software and efile trick with no problems at all, took 5 minutes and not only do you save the $21.99 you also save the $19.99 efile for state on this deal at SD. So it's $42 savings.

Because it takes soooo many steps for some individuals! LOL
Not really, I could re-write it as 3 "easy" steps
1) download the iso CD image and a patch file
2) replace 2 files after extract iso to a folder as in a CD.
3) run the CD (folder) without internet until registration.

It is not much more than installing a downloaded game with registration online.
IMO, The hardest part is to download the big 245MB iso image file.
Even for a download version, I would still need to (1)download and (3)registration.

Not that if anybody cares; At the end of the CD run process,
the screen does show words of passing this CD to friends and family for saving.

in for 1 Thanks

Mine is on its way. Thanks!

Toejamb said:   Always keep your old returns forever. This is one thing that I wold not shred. The government can come back on you at any time. I am an accountant an the state of Indiana made an error and sold my wife's information to a collection agency. This was the only year that she did not have a copy. She filed in Ca because she was in school. Fortunately, Ca had it and the problem was solved.

Remember the government makes mistakes even though they will not admit it.


When purchasing a house, I was stalled because of a State of Maryland tax lien on my credit report - much to my surprise. I'd moved to Maryland in January, 1994, and the lien was for 1993 taxes. I had to get ahold of my former employer's records and making matters difficult, the company had been sold to another company - long story short, after much ado I was able to get a photocopy of every single check I'd received in 1993. After mailing this to the comptroller in Annapolis, I was able to get past this hurdle and buy my house. I'd been sued, and never even knew it. (I don't know why the Md. taxman had figured I'd lived in Md. prior, maybe because I'd sent my federal tax return from that part of the country ... or some other conjecture - who knows?)

All this happened in 2002 - so it'd been almost nine years. Sometimes you can't keep records long enough!!

Like an idiot, I pissed around trying to find a filler to meet FSSS and missed the sale.
Savings on the software would have offset shipping.
Idiot.

Home Premium + State is $27 again now.



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