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Comparing TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxAct, Jackson Hewitt, eSmart Tax

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TurboTax

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TurboTax, provided by the same company (Intuit) that offers Quicken and Mint.com, is arguably the most popular product for self-prepared tax returns.

EditionFederal efileState efileTotal cost of federal + state efileAppropriate if you...
Free$0$27.99$27.99Have a simple tax return
Basic$19.99$36.99$56.98Want more guidance
Deluxe$29.99$36.99$66.98Have deductions and dependents
Premier$49.99$36.99$89.98Own investments and rental properties
Home & Business$74.99$36.99$119.98Are self-employed or own a business

Other features: Live chat, live phone support, free audit guidance, full-service audit representation (fees apply)

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H&R Block

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H&R Block, known for operating tax centers in most American neighborhoods, is in fierce competition with TurboTax by offering a similar suite of tax preparation programs with better pricing.

EditionFederal efileState efileTotal cost of federal + state efileAppropriate if you...
Free$0$27.95$27.95Have a simple tax return
Basic$19.95$34.95$54.90Prefer step-by-step guidance
Deluxe$29.95$34.95$64.90Own real estate and investments
Premium$49.95$34.95$83.90Are self-employed or own a business

Other features: One free session with a tax professional, free audit support

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TaxAct

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TaxAct, a longtime provider of online tax preparation programs, takes a rather simple approach to its products. Whether you have a simple tax return or own multiple business, you’re going to get the same access to tax forms.

EditionFederal efileState efileTotal cost of federal + state efileAppropriate if you...
Free$0$14.95$14.95Want all inclusive tax prep
Deluxe$9.95$10.00$19.95Want free phone support

Other notable features: Audit Assistant guides you in the event of an audit

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Jackson Hewitt

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Jackson Hewitt, with roughly 6,600 offices throughout the country, also offers its relatively new online tax preparation services. Its suite of online products are most comparable to those from H&R Block.

EditionFederal efileState efileTotal cost of federal + state efileAppropriate if you...
Free$0$29.95$29.95Have a simple tax return
Deluxe$26.95$29.95$56.90Have deductions or own a home
Premium$44.95$29.95$64.90Are self-employed or own a business

Other notable features: Free live chat, audit support website

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eSmart Tax

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eSmart Tax is the online tax preparation unit of Liberty Tax Service, which operates 4,000 tax centers in the U.S. and Canada. The company calls itself the “smarter” version of the IRS’s eFile program.

EditionFederal efileState efileTotal cost of federal + state efileAppropriate if you...
Free$0$19.95$19.95Have a simple tax return
Deluxe$19.95$19.95$39.90Have deductions, own a home, hold investments
Premium$39.95$19.95$59.90Are self-employed or own a business

Other notable features: Live chat support, free audit support from a tax professional

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