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H&R Block At Home Basic 2012 [Download]

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews) 3 answered questions

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  • ASIN: B00A42L2HO
  • Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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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 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For a basic filer just as good as Turbotax January 4, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I use this every year January 30, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry--I was disappointed. September 14, 2013
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I had a lot of trouble with this program, finally had to get help and start all over. Ended up having to amend it after it was sent and won't try it this year..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon was great- from: First Timer May 14, 2013
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Good Tax program- used it before, just was not able to download from H & R website due to their tech problems; while, Amazon downloaded & installed instantly. Also like Amazon's no tax status , whereas H & R has physical outlets in every State. Will use Amazon again next year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy if you need to file a state return! April 14, 2013
By Port
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You can download state programs ... for 40 bucks each. Unless you live in a state with no income tax you're better off buying any of the bundles that include a state return.

I didn't need anything complicated, so I figured I'd save a few bucks by not going with the Deluxe version. Instead I'm paying $40 more.

Pretty decent software all around, but a terrible value. They pretty much have me (and anyone else doing last-minute filing) over a barrel, since I didn't find out how much the state programs cost until I was done with my federal return. I looked around a bit, but didn't see a price for the state programs before buying the program. Try to be smarter than me...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, makes it easy March 11, 2013
By Denali
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I downloaded the software and did my taxes in less than an hour. Our taxes are pretty simple: pensions, social security, IRA withdrawals, two residences, no big medical bills. Since the app imported last year's return, there was virtually no data entry other than the numbers from our 1099s and tax bills. Well worth the $9.99 I paid for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Basic 2012 As Expected January 28, 2013
By PGS
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Have used Home Basic & its predecessor Tax Cut for better than 15 years and have never had a problem with the software. I depend on it to make the calculations/deductions/credits I know are available, but do not wish to take the time do figure out myself. It's a great time saver. I do not need to fill out a state return (TN), so I cannot comment on that aspect of the software.

I'd recommend this tax software for anyone who has basic tax return needs, including income, investment income from capital gains and other moderately complicated situations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Has trivialized filing taxes for me
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Winton
5.0 out of 5 stars I use it every year.
I've used these guys instead of other services for years and am happy with the software product. It will stop you from making mistakes and is easy enough to use.
Published 2 months ago by Can-You-See-Me-Now
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool.
The software is very easy to use. It provides good advice and answers questions. The results can always be trusted.
Published 2 months ago by John Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars Why pay when I can do it myself?
I've used their tax software for several years now.
It seem to ask enough questions that I know if I need additional help.
Published 6 months ago by KV
2.0 out of 5 stars cannot run software 2012 federal h and r block tax return
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D M Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine
The price is better than the disk. The program is fine to do taxes. Here are six more words, done.
Published 7 months ago by todd & kate
4.0 out of 5 stars worked fine
got what I paid for...worked fine...downloaded fine...happy with purchase...I do not have anything else to write, just filling up space!!!
Published 8 months ago by Wendy Gerhard
5.0 out of 5 stars Have been using H&R Block for years for my taxes. Never fails!
Love it! I always get the basic version. It fits my needs. What more can I say. The free submission is great too.
Published 8 months ago by David w Strickler
5.0 out of 5 stars Tax Software
For the first time ever I had problems downloading updates to an H&R Block software. It was frustrating and I spent too much time on the telephone, but eventually they had me... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kenny J
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I use this program instead of Turbo Tax because I can put it on more than one computer and it functions completely.
Published 11 months ago by L. MCINTYRE
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