I’m getting ready to file my tax return for last year. We think that income tax should be abolished – after all, America grew and prospered all the way into the 20th century without an income tax – but we do the standard American tax ritual.
We have filed our tax return online for many years, and we went back and forth between Turbo Tax and H&R Block. We had no problems with either, and both were very easy to use. Both asked all the relevant questions and walked me through the process online, step by step, allowing me to save my progress and pick up where I left off if I didn’t want to do it all in one sitting.
One year when we had a particularly complicated return – several businesses and an out-of-state rental that we owned – I used both sites to compute our taxes and compared the results before actually filing the return. H&R Block found a deduction that Turbo Tax missed, changing our refund by $300 for the better. Since then, we’ve used H&R Block but I try to compare the 2 regularly and nearly always come up with the same numbers.
I love that both offer free filing, and even if you have too much income to qualify for free filing, each lets you go all the way through the process and only requires payment when it’s time to hit the Submit button.
Here’s my question for you: Do you think people who file online are crazy? Have you used either or both? Which do you prefer? I would love to have your input in the poll below, and I would love to hear more about your opinion and/or experience in the comments! Maybe you can convince me that I don’t need to take time to fill out my tax refund twice, if there is a clear winner.
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