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H&R Block At Home Deluxe 2012 [Download]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Quickly import data
  • Personalized tax advice
  • Sale of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds

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  • ASIN: B00A42LPSK
  • Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Product Description

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From the Manufacturer


Pick Up 50+ Years of Tax Expertise

H&R Block At Home Deluxe provides the tools for filing federal taxes that are a step above the basics. With a simplified interface, this program searches for hundreds of deductions to ensure the biggest refund. Additional resources such as built-in expertise, audit support, free personalized tax advice from an H&R Block tax professional, and the Maximum Refund Guarantee makes H&R Block At Home Deluxe a perfect fit for homeowners and investors.1

Key Features

  • Five free federal e-files
  • Live tax advice with an H&R Block tax professional (one session included)
  • 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

Additional Tools for Homeowners and Investors

For Homeowners

H&R Block At Home Deluxe maximizes deductions for home mortgage interest and real estate taxes. It also provides advice on tax planning, home ownership, and retirement planning.

For Investors

H&R Block At Home Deluxe offers extra help for accurate investment and dividend reporting, in addition to in-depth assistance on stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. It also features tax calculators to determine the approximate cost basis of investments and assets sold.

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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
56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No problems, some improvements over last year December 1, 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.
Note that I purchased H&R Block Deluxe plus State, and in this review I am including only the review of the federal forms. The federal forms part of the product are identical, of course, whether one buys the State add-on or not.

1. H&R Block starts the interview process with an annoying up-sell pitch, recommending an upgrade from Deluxe to Premium even when it is not necessary.
It would have better if they waited until the financial information is entered and offered the Premium version only to those for whom it might make sense.

What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe? The Premium version offers advanced tools for self-employed and rental property owners: cost basis of home sales, dividents, gifts, and inheritance assets. It has advanced schedule C guidance to maximize deductions for self-employment income.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Flexible For The Tax Wise January 1, 2013
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No given tax preparation program will suit everyone's every needs. But I tried the competition last tax year and I am back with Block.

It is more that an issue of familiarity that drove back into H&R's arms. This program is far more flexible for those of us who find it easier to enter certain data directly into the forms themselves bypassing the repetitive steps of an interview. This is especially true if you are entering a large number of stock transactions by hand - a necessary evil since some smaller brokers and/or funds may not feature electronic records transfer of any stripe.

This is definitely the best program from a flexibility point of view.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Software Bug NOT Fixed February 20, 2013
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I haven't noticed any mention of this in the other reviews, so I'll mention it here. My version of the "H&R Block At Home 2012 Deluxe Federal" edition has a bug that as of February 18th has not been fixed, although I was told a fix was forthcoming.

The bug deals with an error in the software update process, such that the software update appears to process correctly, yet each time I start the program it again asks to perform the update I just completed. When I called H&R Block on Feb 11th to ask what's happening, the Customer Service Representative I spoke with said this was an "update loop" problem. He said it was a known problem and that a program "patch" was being prepared and would be available at the end of the week.

Well, the week passes and on Feb 18th I start the program and it tells me a new update is available. Great, I think, the patch the rep told me about is here. Ah, foolish optimism!

The new update exhibits the same problem -- the update is processed completely but each time I start the program it tells me that the update is available and must be processed. And a message is displayed on the opening page of the program that says "Next expected update January 10th". Well, it's now the middle of February and still no final IRS forms.

Argh! So even though my data has been entered and the return is compete, it can't be transmitted because H&R Block says some of the IRS forms are still "not final." Because of this, and in spite of the two updates I applied, H&R Block won't ship the return to the IRS.

I call H&R Block a second time and speak to different Customer Representative and explain the problem a second time. He says they know of no "update loop" problem and my description of what is happening is unknown to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to E-File with Identity Protection PIN February 21, 2013
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The H&R Block Software has a bug/limitation so that you are unable to e-file if you were given an Identity Protection PIN from the IRS.

The IRS issued me (and 250,000 other people) an Identity Protection PIN to use when I submit my 2012 Tax Return. The H&R Block Software allows you to enter this PIN and it is used to fill in the appropriate field on your 1040 Form, but it is not used when you attempt to e-file. On the Electronic Signature Requirements you have 3 options but none apply to submitting using the Identity Protection PIN.
1. Yes - I have my 2011 AGI or PIN. (This option does not work because my 2011 AGI and PIN are compromised due to someone else submitting a 2001 return using my social security number. This is why the IRS sent me a Identity Protection PIN. When I use this option the IRS rejects my Tax Return saying that the AGI or PIN does not match!)
2. Yes - I received an Electronic Filing PIN from the IRS. (Can't use this option because the Electronic Filing PIN (5-digits) is different from the Identity Protection PIN (6 digits).
3. No - I need to print and mail my return. (My only option at this point.)

An hour and fifteen minutes wasted on 2 of their support reps. Their solution was to request an Electronic Filing PIN from the IRS website. The trouble is, if you were a victim of Identity Theft you are not eligible to request one, because the IRS already sent you a special Identity Protection PIN to use.

H&R Block you have a BUG in your software.

If your were a victim of Identity Theft and received an Identity Protection PIN from the IRS to use when e-filing, then you better find a Tax Software product that supports it, because H&R Block At Home does NOT.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Error Ridden Tax Software
This software has very poorly written interview questions around dependant care tax credits which literally cost me $800 in deductions/credits. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Daniel M. Pomerantz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great software! Loving it!
it more than met my needs for my current situation. I was at the point of being at the dealine for filing taxes and this software saved me alot time and money. Read more
Published 2 months ago by strawberry
4.0 out of 5 stars Ihave been using this for several years.
It has everything I need to do my taxes. I buy the cheapest version. I have various investments. Fairly easy to use. warns you of possible errors you might be making. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good software, won't break the bank
I have a self employment return and a normal w2. i like HR bock better than turbo tax because it's cheaper and just as good if not better. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use. worth of the money
I used to use turbo tax, and it worked well for me. I purchased H&R when it was on sale, and I am happily surprised that H&R Block worked as well as Turbo Tax, and saved me tons of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!!!
I so happy with this software.. this is my 3rd year doing from home.. i am very pleased.. I do my aunt as well.. and some friends.
Published 8 months ago by Francisco Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars It works
I have a simple return to prepare and this software makes it easy enough. Call me old fashioned, but I still print my return and send it in via certified mail. Read more
Published 9 months ago by TXk
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast to download and easy to use
The item was fast and easy to download. All the updates were easy to install and as always is the best software to fill your taxes.
Published 9 months ago by BF
4.0 out of 5 stars The quickest way to do my taxes.
I use At Home every year because I can import data from the the previous year and from Microsoft Money.
Published 10 months ago by Craig M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Nothing but praise for this download software. Easy to follow; lots of directions, explanations, and helpful tools. Would highly recommend.
Published 10 months ago by ScubaGal
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