H&R Block At Home Basic 2012 [Download]

Platform : Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
DRM: None
4.2 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

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Product Description

Guidance for all your personal tax situations. Federal forms. Step-by-step interviews guide you through a customized experience relevant to your tax situation. Everything you need to prepare your federal taxes in one complete program.

From the Manufacturer


Pick Up 50+ Years of Tax Expertise

H&R Block At Home Basic has all you need to easily file your federal taxes — with tax expertise you trust. Best suited for simple tax situations and straightforward for beginners, H&R Block At Home Basic guides you through the federal tax return with a step-by-step Q&A in an easy-to-use interface. This product automatically double-checks for mistakes and comes with features available only from H&R Block, such as built-in expertise, free audit support, and H&R Block's Maximum Refund Guarantee.1

Key Features

  • Five free federal e-files
  • Customized interview process to help you complete your federal taxes
  • Step-by-step guidance
  • Guaranteed 100% accuracy
  • Free audit support with representation2
  • Accuracy Review checks returns to make sure they're accurate and complete3
  • Accurate Calculations Guarantee4
  • Maximum Refund Guarantee1
  • Easily import last year's tax data from H&R Block At Home and TurboTax software
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System Requirements

Windows Minimum Requirements
  • Windows XP SP3 or greater / Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or greater
Mac Minimum Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or greater
  • Safari 4 or greater
Hardware Minimum Requirements
  • Internet connection required for updates, state downloads, and e-file
  • 170 MB hard-disk space
  • 2X CD-ROM drive
  • 1024x768, SVGA color monitor
  • Compatible ink jet or laser printer
  • Speakers and sound card for videos/animations

Which Tax Product Best Suits Your Needs?

Use the chart below to determine which tax product best suits your tax needs. If any aspect of your tax situation falls into a higher tier (tiers increase from left to right), your best-fitting tax product is the higher-tier product.

This product is right for me if I... Basic Deluxe Premium Premium & Business
Have a simple tax return
Want to import last year's data
Own or sold a home
Have kids
Have lots of deductions like charitable donations, or have significant medical, education, or childcare expenses
Own stocks and bonds or other investments
Have mutual funds, rental properties (Schedule E), retirement income, or inheritance income
Am a sold proprietor, 1099 contractor, consultant, or have a single-member LLC (Form 1040 & Schedule C)
Own an S or C corp (Form 1120S or 1120), run a nonprofit (Form 990), manage an estate or trust (Form 1041), have a multi-member LLC (Form 1065), or have a partnership (Form 1065)
Produce payroll forms (Forms 940 & 941)
Have vehicle deductions, depreciation, and business expenses
Prepare unlimited business state returns

Basic

✓ Available as a download

✓ Available in a box

✓ Available for PC

✓ Available for Mac

✓ Available for federal and state returns (box only)

✓ Available for federal-only returns

Deluxe

✓ Available as a download

✓ Available in a box

✓ Available for PC

✓ Available for Mac

✓ Available for federal and state returns

✓ Available for federal-only returns

Premium

✓ Available as a download

✓ Available in a box

✓ Available for PC

✓ Available for Mac

✓ Available for federal and state returns

Premium & Business

✓ Available as a download

✓ Available in a box

✓ Available for PC

✓ Available for federal and state returns


1. If you find another tax software preparation method that results in a larger refund (or smaller liability) than that calculated by the H&R Block At Home tax software program, H&R Block will refund the fees you paid to use their tax software program to prepare that return. To qualify, the larger refund or smaller tax liability must not be due to differences in data supplied by you or positions taken on your return that are contrary to law.

2. Audit Support constitutes tax advice only. Consult your attorney for legal advice. Additional fees and conditions apply. Power of Attorney required for Audit Representation.

3. The assessment of your audit risk is not a guarantee that you will not be audited.

4. H&R Block guarantees accurate calculations, or they'll reimburse resulting IRS penalties and interest charges (limits apply).


Product Details

Platform: PC Download
  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States.
  • Note: Gifting is not available for this item.
  • ASIN: B00A42L2HO
  • Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,038 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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By Ali Julia #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on December 2, 2012
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I've used H&R Block's tax software (formerly called TaxCut) every year since 1995. Several times when I saw a promotional deal I purchased both TaxCut and TurboTax to compare. I found that TurboTax did not do anything better than TaxCut while costing consistently more. In addition, I like the option of being able to file 5 free Federal e-files as I do taxes for other relatives who are less computer savvy.

If you encounter issues with display, such as not seeing selection boxes, check your screen resolution. Both Windows and Mac minimum requirement for the screen resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels or higher. At a lower resolution H&R Block software will have problem with display such as not properly displaying selection boxes. Screen resolution can be changed on your control panel by change PC's display settings.

I just finished a preliminary tax return and below are my observations. Note: the forms are not final until January 10, 2013.

1. H&R Block software comes in three packages Basic, Deluxe and Premium. The software consists of three module the Basic module is shared by all three packages, the Basic and Deluxe package unlocks a new module which is shared by Deluxe and Premium, and finally Premium unlocks another module unique to it.

What is the difference between Basic and Deluxe? Deluxe provides guidance with taxes on investments (interest, capital gains, stock options, and dividends), home sales, and retirement income which Basic does not. Deluxe helps with mortgage interest deductions and real estate taxes. It has a DeductionsPro module which helps valuating non-cash charitable deductions.
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I use the home basic version. Until last year I always used Turbotax. Tried H & R Block in 2011. It imported my old Turbotax file, did the tax job, and let me efile. For much less than the cost of using TT.
I am using HR for the 2012 return.
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I don't have a lot of tax complications, but have enough of them that I might be tempted to take my business to a professional tax preparer. I credit this software with the fact that I have not had to do so. I been using the H&R Block software for some years now and have been repeatedly impressed by how thoroughly it covers the tax code. Like many people, I have a number of things which don't change from year to year, so it is important for the software to import the data associated with those from the prior year, a feature of this software that has always worked flawlessly. The software also trivializes the process of e-filing for me, assuring a quick turnaround on any refund. I used to check the results from this software against my own calculations, and quickly determined it was always at least as good, and typically better at it. I now trust it implicitly, although I still review the results for reasonableness. I recommend it highly.
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You can't do your own taxes by hand anymore unless your situation is very very simple. I used Turbo Tax many many years ago, and it was just as easy to use as H&R Block's software. But every year, this title is always a few dollars cheaper. I don't need all of the extra bells and whistles in the Delux or other versions, since all of the versions have the same forms. I buy this every year, and every year, I am satisfied.
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Unlike the other popular brand, H&R block has never installed a non-removable root kit to its customers PCs which makes them susceptible to security attacks. I was a big fan of the other brand until that happened a few years ago and I switched to H&R Block and never turned back. It's easy to use and very thorough. It's also a good value if you download it from Amazon.
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I cannot get the "gateway" to the Library to work... I cannot run the download and I do not know for sure if the download was completed. if the online software download cannot be done properly, I need to have the actual disc sent to me fast...I have to complete the 2012 federal, NOT state, tax return by Sept 13, 2013.
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The initial download and install went smooth as expected. Completing the printing, backup and file saving not well at all. After numerous re-installs and two online "chat" sessions, I was unable to save a usable copy to PDF format. I called HR block and after trying a complete download and re-install still could not configure the software to correctly print a PDF. Tech support finally found a work around, not obviously available in the software directly. 6 hours wasted unfortunately is not acceptable. I have had good experiences in the past with HR Block, but no one should have to experience the issues I did.
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Second year to use this tax product. It is much better that the 2011 program that I thought was excellent. This year's is easier, more complete and perfect, as far as I am concerned. What a bargain. Used the downloadable version, which was a snap to do. By far the best tax program I have used, and that would be several.
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