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TurboTax Basic 2003

by Intuit See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Tax software guides users through IRS returns
  • Interview-based wizard system
  • Up-to-date with latest federal tax law
  • Checks math and audit flags
  • Very simple to use

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000EI99J
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,263 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

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TurboTax Basic tax software guides you through your return step-by-step. It asks you simple questions that are personalized for your tax situation, and puts your answers on IRS-approved forms. TurboTax Basic is also up to date with all the latest tax law changes. The software does all the math; plus, your return is double-checked for accuracy, audit flags and overlooked deductions so you can have confidence in your return.

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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Activation! Still Better Than TaxCut November 13, 2003
This is my sixth year using Quicken TurboTax and it will be my forth year using the state tax version. Intuit listened and dropped the product activation this year. I know that it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth but I'm glad they dropped it. Still, I can't imagine going back to pen and paper to do taxes. The program takes you step-by-step through the tax process by asking you questions about the various sections of the forms. It also prompts you to make you remember about things that may have slipped you mind, like other deductions. And, it makes suggestions for deductions that you may not have thought about. At the end of the process you can print out the forms for mailing in the traditional format or in a format that's easy for the IRS computers to read. In addition, you can opt to file electronicly. The help section IS very helpful. It actually makes sense of the rules and instructions for filing your taxes and explains the relevant sections of the tax code in easy to understand language. My one suggestion is that you have all your papers with you before you start the process. You can, of course, save your work and come back to finish or edit it, but it is a pain to be half way through and remember that your mortgage statement is two floors away.
I tried Taxcut last year because of the product activation on TurboTax. I had problems with it right off. It stated on the box that you could import TurboTax files but when I tried it wouldn't let me. The Taxcut web site suggested that this was a common problem and that you had to edit your TurboTax file (with TurboTax) to bring it down to a certain size. Still, it didn't tell you what that size was ok or really give you any idea on what to cut out. (I thought all of the our tax info was important).
My advice: TurboTax is still the best tax prep software. Don't do your taxes without it.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only 4 this time since January 6, 2004
By A Customer
it wouldn't import from ItsDeductible.
However, for $20.00, it does everything I ever need it to do. Their website is easy to follow (I've never needed it, though). The only reason to get the next model is if you want money advice. This one does forms, it's just too easy. It thinks of things you wouldn't have, etc, etc. What can I say, I've used this since 1998, tried TaxCut once and it was horrific! I just get my papers out and sit down and answer the questions. Woohoo!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not nearly as good a program as it was in the past March 10, 2004
I have used TurboTax for years (except for last year, when I used TaxCut due to rumors that Intuit's installer program ended up leaving spyware on your computer). I am self-employed and use a home office, and TurboTax was always easy to use even with those added details in my tax return. HOWEVER, this year, the Basic version was NOT nearly as simple, straightforward or user-friendly as in the past. For the life of me, I couldn't get the "EasyStep" interview to take me directly to the section on entering home business expenses. I had to go at it backwards, which made the entire process more confusing. I spent hours longer doing my taxes than I ever did in the past. A friend of mine also had the same problem, so it wasn't just me. I have no idea what they did: I am wondering if they've cut down the features on the BASIC program so that those like me are forced to use the more expensive versions (which was never the case in the past -- the BASIC was just fine before). In any event, I most definitely will be less inclined to use TurboTax next year and will try and pore over reviews of other tax preparation products to get something more simple to use.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another buggy product from Intuit February 4, 2004
By A Customer
I see the same problems that plagued TurboTax 2002 are right back in 2003. I'm speaking of the "One-step Update". Sure, the program gets updated, but then becomes completely unstable. In my case, the program locked up anytime I tried to print the form. The program is also filled with other bugs that are annoying, like rounding off values in one place, but not the other. If you override values to correct them, then you can't file the return electronically because you overrode values! Well folks, I overrode them to make them correct! D'uh!
A little tip: If a program update causes the program to become unusable, back up your tax file to a safe folder and uninstall Turbo Tax. Then re-install it from your CD and copy your tax file back. At least you can get back to square one before the online update hoses you again.
This is clearly a case of poor quality assurance. If you want more horror stories, see the reviews for Quicken Deluxe 2004. I can really empathize with these people who have used a flawless product for years and are now faced with a clearly defective product.
Has this company been so entirely consumed by their greed? I don't know, but their customers are really suffering and it's a crying shame that Intuit has lost touch with their customer base and has ruined so many of their good products. If I was the CEO, I'd be ordering extra pink slips this year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minor issues, good program February 27, 2004
By A Customer
After reading the reviews on this page and on TaxCut's page, I almost decided to go back and do the taxes by hand. Fortunately, I didn't do it and instead I bought TT Basic and thought I'll give it a try, before putting it down.
From the beginning, I have to say my taxes were pretty straightforward, except for the confusing Schedule D. Turbo Tax worked great, the questions were easy to understand, going back and undoing was very easy and your current calculations were always displayed in the top right corner.
Before starting, the program updated 29 files, which temporary freezed my PC (even at 384 MB RAM, running XP). However, the program didn't crash and after updating I was able to continue from where I left. Saving after a number of steps is also very useful, since the program will restart from this point on. I have not met the condition where you have to reconfirm some steps, but it may be because I saved by 'chapters'.
The only issue i found was one where the program would refuse to print, saying that it does not have the right fonts. A note on Intuit's site was saying to uninstall and reinstall the program until this is corrected. If that is true, then I can be an IT guy at any time ... Since it sounded really silly, I chose not to do it and instead I saved these files as pdfs, then printed them with no problems. Actually - one other issue here - the pennies are not displayed on those forms you print and I was not able to find a way to setup the page better, so that the full numbers enter on page.
One other interesting thing - the program runs without needing the CD in the CD driver. May be a good thing, if it would allow to instal it on multiple PCs, but I have not tried to do it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good program
I am using Turbo Tax since 2000. it's simple and easy to file the Tax.
Published on October 22, 2010 by Cyril K. Mathew
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This was the year that taxes became a nightmare, and Turbo Tax cost me a bundle. The calculations were highly inaccurate and I ended up having to refile my taxes, after recomputing... Read more
Published on November 29, 2008 by Alyssa A. Lappen
1.0 out of 5 stars TurboTax Impossible to Download!
TurboTax may or may not be a good product; I was never able to successfully download it!

Unfortunately I needed it the day I purchased it, and the "Help" offered by the... Read more
Published on August 15, 2004 by P. A. Naughton
4.0 out of 5 stars Updates a pain, but TurboTax did its job
I didn't have a problem using TurboTax last year (even with the software activation) so I used it again this year. Read more
Published on June 20, 2004 by EC
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth it if you're going to itemize...otherwise forget it
Okay, the download process was a nightmare as described by my earlier review. However, three hours later I have a very comprehensive itemized return, which would have been way too... Read more
Published on April 13, 2004 by Chillable
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating download errors!
After 20 or 30 attempts to run the V-box installer program after dowloading it from the Amazon digital library, I was just about to request a refund when my boyfriend starting... Read more
Published on April 13, 2004 by Chillable
1.0 out of 5 stars The Last Time I Will Use Turbo Tax
When it imported my information from 2002 it also picked up internet connection data that is no longer valid. Since then I have gone to broadband with a new ISP. Read more
Published on April 9, 2004 by Photoguy
2.0 out of 5 stars hopelessly annoying,needlessly confusing,potentially expensi
I've never used tax software before. While it has some advantages, there are sufficient traps,confusions and incompletions to make this a potentially hazardous undertaking. Read more
Published on April 5, 2004 by Janet M. Bird
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon's Download Software Stinks, or Has Insuff. Bandwidth
After 20 tries, I am giving up on downloading this software. I keep getting a message that the program is not available. Read more
Published on April 4, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Program
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect with this program. But in the end I figured I wouldn't be out too much for the $20 price. Read more
Published on April 1, 2004 by J. Robinson
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