Long-time readers know I’ve always favored tax software installed locally as opposed to entering my tax data online, primarily due to security concerns.
Right now Amazon is having a sale for the tax software H&R Block At Home. The Deluxe + State edition is selling for $19.99. A week ago it was $36.00. Based on the experience from previous years, this is about the lowest price it goes.
The price is the same $19.99 for either a boxed CD or a download. If you want the CD, you will need Amazon Prime or buy another $5.01 worth of stuff to get free shipping. I bought the download.
There’s also a Premium + State download for $29.99. It includes some additional tools for self-employed and rental property owners. Deluxe + State worked just fine for me in previous years including handling Schedule C and Schedule SE for self-employment.
In 2009 I compared side-by-side the three major products: TurboTax, H&R Block At Home, and TaxACT. I came to the conclusion they all deliver the same results, give or take a dollar here or there due to rounding. The choice comes down to price and usability.
Having used all three, now I settled down to H&R Block At Home. It’s usually substantially cheaper than the market-share leader TurboTax even after a Costco coupon. Right now the price for a comparable TurboTax Deluxe with State is $39.79 after a $10-off coupon at Costco. That’s almost double.
In my experience, H&R Block At Home is just as good as TurboTax. After you add the state-filing option to TaxACT, TaxACT becomes almost just as expensive as H&R Block At Home but TaxACT wasn’t as user-friendly when I used it.
Amazon changes its prices frequently. If you like this software, buy it before the price goes up. If you used TurboTax last year, H&R Block At Home will import the TurboTax file.