Use TurboTax. End communique.
OK maybe not. I’ve always been a TaxCut guy. I don’t know when H&R Block got me, but when they did, I just stuck with them. Maybe their boxes and packaging looked a little more professional. Green geometric shapes on a white box. Huzzuh! Meanwhile, TurboTax just seemed like the ghetto alternative. Some gaudy red with some reflective logo on a white box (I’m going off fuzzy memory here). It reminded me of cheap shareware. Ghettoware. But I guess H&R fooled me, like Netgear and their product designs (I hold Netgear products with special contempt).
This year, I tried to do my taxes online through H&R Block’s site. And it kept giving me a stupid error. Four to be exact. Instead of taking me to the precise problem(s), it just continually dumped me somewhere else. Hence, I could never find the cause. The problem seemed unsolvable. Impatient and not wanting to pay $10 to get help, I tried out TurboTax, which is also available online. Now I could pit the two head to head!
In the end, they both refunded the same amount, but TurboTax was far, far more user friendly. Maybe Intuit added some pwn to it when they bought TurboTax. Even with the base filing bundle, everything was very clearly explained. It’s also highly integrated with payroll companies, so if your company signed up for it, you can import your W2 straight through TurboTax’s site. You can do the same for your stocks if your broker is listed.
Speaking of stocks, if you happen to use Scottrade, sign into your Scottrade account, and you’ll be treated to a link offering 30% off all TurboTax federal filing packages. GOGOGO! If you do not use Scottrade, and would like to, let me know. We all get free trades if I refer you.
If you don’t have Scottrade, TurboTax is a little bit more expensive than TaxCut, but from what I’ve seen of both, the premium seems worth it.