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This post is a roundup of the upcoming Tax Software & e-Filing deals that we'll see as we get closer to tax time! Below you'll find a list of deals, as well as relevant threads from the savvy folks in our forums. Remember that taxes must be filed by April 18th! We'll update this thread with more deals and information as needed. 

Please feel free to share your tips and tricks below since filing taxes can be confusing and stressful. You can also edit the Quick Summary below or comment with new deals, and let us know if you find anything that is expired/out of stock!

Tax deals fluctuate heavily, so check back soon if you don't see one you like  


Cash Back Tax Stores at Ebates:



Tax Resource/Question Threads:


TurboTax Deals:



H&R Block Deals:



TaxAct Deals:

TaxAct 15% off - Free 1040EX 1040A and Free State, "Plus" Itemizers, homeowners, investors $12.75 or "Premium" $25.50 (thanks PatioFurniture)

TaxAct Federal & State Tax. Premium $15, Premium + State $27.50 or Plus $7.50, Plus + State $20 (NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY) (thanks LocalDeals)

TaxAct Online Federal & State Tax Service Premium Bundle (thanks iLetTheDogsOut)

Quicken Deals:


Other/Multiple Tax Deals:

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Any good deals on Tax*Act?

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mikejensen said:   Any good deals on Tax*Act?
  
Not yet, usually they start to pop up in the beginning of January! I'll keep my eyes peeled  

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Sams Club now until Jan 29

TurboTax Deluxe Federal $29.86
TurboTax Deluxe Federal w/State $39.86
TurboTax Premier Federal w/State $54.86
TurboTax Home & Business Federal w/State $64.86
TurboTax Business Federal $104.86

Quicken Deluxe $34.86
Quicken Home & Business $59.86

Same prices for TurboTax at Amazonhttps://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1549304

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SoulAssassin said:   H&R Block Deluxe + State + Amazon 10% bonus
https://www.amazon.com/Block-Software-Deluxe-State-Refund/dp/B01MDO3TEG/ 

24.99

Lowest price it's been other than hitting $22 on the 18th
http://camelcamelcamel.com/Block-Software-Deluxe-State-Refund/pr...

  Just confirmed via H&R Block that "up to" 10% Language displayed on the Amazon product image only refers to refund portion allocated to gift card, and the following restrictions: must request in $100 increments, max bonus possible is $500  

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cnorrdin1 said:   
SoulAssassin said:   H&R Block Deluxe + State + Amazon 10% bonus
https://www.amazon.com/Block-Software-Deluxe-State-Refund/dp/B01MDO3TEG/ 

24.99

Lowest price it's been other than hitting $22 on the 18th
http://camelcamelcamel.com/Block-Software-Deluxe-State-Refund/pr...

  Just confirmed via H&R Block that "up to" 10% Language displayed on the Amazon product image only refers to refund portion allocated to gift card, and the following restrictions: must request in $100 increments, max bonus possible is $500  

  I used the Amazon 10% bonus 2 years ago which was associated then with TurboTax rather than H&R Block. The process of getting the Amazon online gift card was a little confusing but it worked and it was nice to know I was "saving" 10% on all the purchases made with that gift card.  Just follow all the directions and keep documentation in case something goes wrong.

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I got an email from supertaxdeals.com for TurboTax versions
40offxmas brings deluxe to $21 and it includes fed and state. It's a download. Does this seem legit?

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lindelynn said:   
cnorrdin1 said:   
SoulAssassin said:   H&R Block Deluxe + State + Amazon 10% bonus
https://www.amazon.com/Block-Software-Deluxe-State-Refund/dp/B01MDO3TEG/ 

24.99

Lowest price it's been other than hitting $22 on the 18th
http://camelcamelcamel.com/Block-Software-Deluxe-State-Refund/pr...

  Just confirmed via H&R Block that "up to" 10% Language displayed on the Amazon product image only refers to refund portion allocated to gift card, and the following restrictions: must request in $100 increments, max bonus possible is $500  

  I used the Amazon 10% bonus 2 years ago which was associated then with TurboTax rather than H&R Block. The process of getting the Amazon online gift card was a little confusing but it worked and it was nice to know I was "saving" 10% on all the purchases made with that gift card.  Just follow all the directions and keep documentation in case something goes wrong.

 

Make a $5,000 payment with your return and get $500 credit from Amazon a few days later WOW.
 

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Excel1040.com is live. Donationware, form based, no efile, Federal only. Nice for those of us who remember AmTax.

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Nice find on supertaxdeals.com coupon. I am very tempted. Premier would only be $36. I always buy disk version. Unless you are an HR Block user which I have been since the TT rate hike and removal of investments in Deluxe, this a best price I have seen for TT.

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motorcycle said:   I got an email from supertaxdeals.com for TurboTax versions
40offxmas brings deluxe to $21 and it includes fed and state. It's a download. Does this seem legit?

  NOT a licensed reseller... Haven't been around long. I'd guess pirated especially since it's only download and the huge lack of detail on the website... be careful...

http://www.scamvoid.com/check/supertaxdeals.com

 

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canoer said:   Excel1040.com is live. Donationware, form based, no efile, Federal only. Nice for those of us who remember AmTax.
This is what I used last year and it's pretty decent, though requiring considerably more heavy lifting than the commercial programs.  And when you're ready, you can key in the data from the forms and submit to the gummint via the IRS's freefile site (not available until Jan 23).

 

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No return due.  and living comfortably.

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A quick Google search and I found this on supertaxdeals.com 

​https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/3406276-can-i-buy-turbo-tax-from-supertaxdeals

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What about FreeTaxUSA and CreditKarma? oops..now I see them up at the top. Need new bifocals!

https://www.freetaxusa.com/
https://www.creditkarma.com/tax

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Roginator said:   What about FreeTaxUSA and CreditKarma? oops..now I see them up at the top. Need new bifocals!

https://www.freetaxusa.com/ 
https://www.creditkarma.com/tax

  
 LOL

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Newegg has H&R Block Deluxe + State with free federal e-file but NOT free state e-file for $22.49 with limited use coupon code for email subscribers. Check your email from this morning. Expires today 1/2 at midnight pacific time.

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lindelynn said:   
cnorrdin1 said:   
SoulAssassin said:   H&R Block Deluxe + State + Amazon 10% bonus
https://www.amazon.com/Block-Software-Deluxe-State-Refund/dp/B01MDO3TEG/ 

24.99

Lowest price it's been other than hitting $22 on the 18th
http://camelcamelcamel.com/Block-Software-Deluxe-State-Refund/pr...

  Just confirmed via H&R Block that "up to" 10% Language displayed on the Amazon product image only refers to refund portion allocated to gift card, and the following restrictions: must request in $100 increments, max bonus possible is $500  

  I used the Amazon 10% bonus 2 years ago which was associated then with TurboTax rather than H&R Block. The process of getting the Amazon online gift card was a little confusing but it worked and it was nice to know I was "saving" 10% on all the purchases made with that gift card.  Just follow all the directions and keep documentation in case something goes wrong.

 

Make a $5,000 payment with your return and get $500 credit from Amazon a few days later WOW.

  
Unless I'm misunderstanding the offer, you get a giftcard with a tax refund, not with a payment.   I suppose you could make am estimated tax payment so that you end up with a $5000 refund and use that for a gift card.  But then you don't have a $500 credit from Amazon, you have a $5500 gift card to Amazon.  So you have basically bought gift cards to Amazon with a 10% bonus.  Only a good deal if you can spend that amount in a reasonable time without paying more than you could buy the stuff elsewhere.  For me it would take at least 10 years to use up a $5500 gift card.

Please correct me if I am wrong about that.  (But don't correct the exact values - I think that you would be limited to $5000 on the gift card or maybe $2000, I'm not sure what the limits are exactly.  I was using the $5000/$500 numbers from the post above for simplicity.)

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Do these Tax s/w still have 5 free federal e-filling for 2016 tax return? I need the same software to file for my parents as before

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mikejensen said:   Any good deals on Tax*Act?
 
On 11/28/16 he/she wrote:

"Dear TaxAct ® Customer,
 TaxAct offers what we and our customers feel to be a quality product at a very reasonable price when evaluating comparable packages. Our products are fairly priced when considering the features and services provided. 
 
While we encourage our customers to evaluate a number of products available in order to choose the one right for them, we are confident that after comparing TaxAct products and features to other products, TaxAct will emerge as a great value for the price.You can compare our regularly priced products with those of some of the other tax software companies using the links below:   TaxAct Online/Over-the-Web: www.taxact.com/compare-online    TaxAct Desktop/Download: www.taxact.com/compare-download    TaxAct helps you handle any tax filing situation. We have moved away from offering all IRS e-fileable forms in every package because most filers don’t need all e-fileable forms. We now provide a more customized offering with products organized by features, tax forms and schedules to help you choose the solution that’s right for your unique tax situation. With our online return prices they have separated the Federal and State charges. The only "bundle" we have which includes both Federal and State together as one charge is with our download products. For example right now the Plus edition online would be $10.50 for Federal and $25.00 with State, but the Desktop/download version for Plus is $28.00 which includes both." 

So no bundle with the online stuff.  It is a crazy price increase. Last year: $14.98. This year: $35.50.
 

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ricrick said:   
mikejensen said:   Any good deals on Tax*Act?
 
On 11/28/16 he/she wrote:"Dear TaxAct ® Customer,
 TaxAct offers what we and our customers feel to be a quality product at a very reasonable price when evaluating comparable packages. Our products are fairly priced when considering the features and services provided. 
 
While we encourage our customers to evaluate a number of products available in order to choose the one right for them, we are confident that after comparing TaxAct products and features to other products, TaxAct will emerge as a great value for the price.You can compare our regularly priced products with those of some of the other tax software companies using the links below:   TaxAct Online/Over-the-Web: www.taxact.com/compare-online    TaxAct Desktop/Download: www.taxact.com/compare-download    TaxAct helps you handle any tax filing situation. We have moved away from offering all IRS e-fileable forms in every package because most filers don’t need all e-fileable forms. We now provide a more customized offering with products organized by features, tax forms and schedules to help you choose the solution that’s right for your unique tax situation. With our online return prices they have separated the Federal and State charges. The only "bundle" we have which includes both Federal and State together as one charge is with our download products. For example right now the Plus edition online would be $10.50 for Federal and $25.00 with State, but the Desktop/download version for Plus is $28.00 which includes both." 

So no bundle with the online stuff.  It is a crazy price increase. Last year: $14.98. This year: $35.50.

  
Totally agree with you!  I first tried TaxAct in 2002 using their free download.  I had always used the pen & paper forms beforehand, but much to my surprise they found an additional deduction and save me a couple hundred.  The next year (2003) I became a paying customer of their downloadable software even though for a few year the free download version would have worked fine.

This year was the first year I didn't get a "Lock in your price" email.  I also didn't get an email about the Cyber Monday sale which seems like it was their best and only discount.  Even that "sale" would have cost me ~50% more than last year!  At this point it's a 100%+ increase, $18.95 vs $40, and that's enough for me to give them the middle finger even if it costs me a bit more.  Based on current deals my choices are an additional $4.95 using H&R Block or an additional $9.86 using Turbo Tax after factoring in the cost of e-files.  Any opinions on which is better (downloadable) software? 

Can't believe that after a decade and a half, this is how they are treating their loyal customers.  Good luck TaxAct!  

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Pretty sure your understanding is correct. I can't speak to overpaying the IRS or whatever method one would have to use to generate a 'refund', but yes, as was my experience with the TurboTax offer a few years ago, Amazon will add the appropriate percentage (5 or 10% depending on the level of the product purchased), to the refund amount you allocate to an Amazon gift card(s).  So yes, you're committing a chunk of your refund to Amazon future-spend, and getting a 10% bonus on that.  

In 2015 I put in 2000, and Amazon added 200.  Less didn't seem worth the effort. Even without large purchases like a TV or something, I thought I'd burn through that in a year.  However, due to the revolving categories on Discover, Freedom, and general Credit card spend requirements, I'm still sitting on some of that, and may use it up by Tax Day 2017.  Now I have to ask myself, could I have beaten that 10% return on 2000, over the past two years?  

I guess I need to answer that myself, forecasting the next two years, since I'm contemplating switching from TurboTax to HR Block for this year's offer.

Other considerations are having to track your Amazon expenses and categories manually, if you use financial tracking software like Quicken or something. 

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All Fidelity customers get a discount with TurboTax (up to $20)
Turbotax link through Fidelity
New discounted prices: Deluxe - $24.99 ($10 off), Premier - $39.99 ($15 off), Self-Employed - $69.99 ($20 off)

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Going to try the free credit karma offer this year. Never have paid more than $15 for house, investments, multi-state income, federal, e-file. Taxhawk, TaxAct, freetaxusa, just look for whoever the new(but legit) player on the block is, they'll always undercut the established guys(HR block, Intuit) who abuse people who can't use the internet and need a CD and charge them $50+ for a simple computer filing...

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I just posted a deal on Amex Offers : HR Block (Online only) - YMMV - Spend $30 or more, get $10 back

Now sure how to consolidate the same here. But looks like prices have gone up this year across. 10$ saving probably helps. I have AMEX Everday Card.

https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1550459

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patdpolishpower said:   All Fidelity customers get a discount with TurboTax (up to $20)
Turbotax link through Fidelity 
New discounted prices: Deluxe - $24.99 ($10 off), Premier - $39.99 ($15 off), Self-Employed - $69.99 ($20 off)

Turns out it's not just customers:
https://www.fidelity.com/tax-information/turbotax-discount/overv...

  • You'll get up to $20 off on TurboTax (both online and desktop versions), whether you are a current Fidelity customer or just visiting Fidelity.com

Next step: Get TurboTax now and save up to $20 

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Staples has TurboTax Deluxe + State 2016 for Windows/Mac for $29.89 with coupon code 18450.

http://www.staples.com/TurboTax-Deluxe-State-2016-for-Windows-Ma...

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EntertheDeals said:   Staples has TurboTax Deluxe + State 2016 for Windows/Mac for $29.89 with coupon code 18450.

http://www.staples.com/TurboTax-Deluxe-State-2016-for-Windows-Ma...

  
Coupon code works on other versions too!  I didn't go all the way to checkout, but it applied in the cart for both the box and download versions of 'Home and Business'.

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I went ahead and ordered the Windows download because there is no state tax. But I can't seem to find a way to download what I purchased. Any ideas?

P.S. If you have Discover Rewards, you can get $25 Staples GC for $20. Making this deal even cheaper.

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New coupon for 50% off.
newyear17
My download seems to be working fine.
 

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kickerstarter said:   I went ahead and ordered the Windows download because there is no state tax. But I can't seem to find a way to download what I purchased. Any ideas?

P.S. If you have Discover Rewards, you can get $25 Staples GC for $20. Making this deal even cheaper.

  
It might be in your "account information" or settings. Did the purchase confirmation email include any info? 

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Thanks OP.

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motorcycle said:   New coupon for 50% off.
newyear17
My download seems to be working fine.

  
What merchant / deal is this coupon for?

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st4rdust said:   
motorcycle said:   New coupon for 50% off.
newyear17
My download seems to be working fine.

  
What merchant / deal is this coupon for?
~~I got an email from supertaxdeals.com for TurboTax versions
40offxmas brings deluxe to $21 and it includes fed and state. It's a download. Does this seem legit?
 

  

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motorcycle said:   
st4rdust said:   
motorcycle said:   New coupon for 50% off.
newyear17
My download seems to be working fine.

  
What merchant / deal is this coupon for?
~~I got an email from supertaxdeals.com for TurboTax versions
40offxmas brings deluxe to $21 and it includes fed and state. It's a download. Does this seem legit?

  

  
Thanks! 

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned this yet - H&R Block has free to file including itemized returns on their website - seems like a pretty good deal to me....I"m gonna check it out.

https://www.hrblock.com/lp/fy17/more-zero.html

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I have not used FreeTaxUSA before, in your opinion, how is their service?

Though all the websites are sort of offering $0 filing, they do not seem to support Form 1116 (Foreign Tax Credit), at least they are not stating that explicitly.

Used to be a TaxAct customers for long time but they have jacked up prices (especially State return) significantly.

FreeTaxUSA has state at $12.95

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