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TurboTax Basic Federal + E-File 2012 for PC [Download]

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  • Helps you get every dollar you deserve from your taxes
  • Asks plain-English questions that are easy to understand and answer
  • Get expert help when you need it, free
  • Double-checks your return for deductions and credits and helps you avoid triggering an audit
  • Includes 5 Free Federal E-files
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State preparation and printing is NOT included in this version. This product is compatible with Windows 8.

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  • ASIN: B009HBCL0K
  • Release Date: November 15, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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From the Manufacturer

It’s Your Money. Keep More Of It with TurboTax.

Why spend more than you should to have someone else do your taxes for you? TurboTax puts the power in your hands to keep more of your hard-earned money, with the peace of mind of knowing you have experts in your corner every step of the way.

  • Guides you step by step, asking plain-English questions that are easy to understand and answer.
  • Customized to your situation: searches for the latest deductions and credits based on your job, family, and life so you know you’ll get every penny you deserve.
  • TurboTax is right there with expert help when you need it, so you won’t get stuck if you have a question.
  • Double-checks your return every step of the way to help you get all of the deductions and credits you deserve.
  • Scours your return to flag problem areas that might trigger an audit. If anything does come up, TurboTax tells you how to fix it. Plus, TurboTax's audit support tools give you access to step-by-step guidance on what to do if the IRS contacts you.

TurboTax Is in Your Corner

Tax experts when you need them
  • TurboTax CPAs, EAs, and Tax Attorneys are here for you year-round so that you can get expert answers to your questions and help when you need it, free (by phone or live chat1)
  • Free online audit support tools provide you extra assistance, and Audit Defense services are available for purchase
  • Free technical support gets you answers to your software questions from a TurboTax expert via phone or live chat.
Guides you step-by-step
  • TurboTax asks you questions in plain English -- and puts your answers on the right tax forms for you. It also tracks your refund as you go.
  • Save time by importing financial data including W-2s and investment and mortgage information, plus import from Quicken and Quickbooks1.
  • Transfers Last Year’s Tax Info -- Easily imports prior year tax data from TurboTax and other tax software brands, including TaxACT and H&R Block at Home (Windows via .tax & .pdf; MAC via .pdf only).
Get back all the money you deserve
  • TurboTax is personalized to you based on your job, family, or life changes.
  • If you should get hit with an IRS or state penalty or interest due to a TurboTax calculation error, they'll pay you the penalty and interest.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest tax forms. With a single click you can check for updates each time you start to ensure your return includes the latest IRS and state tax forms. No more disruptions while you work on your return.
Your taxes, done right
  • The TurboTax team of CPAs continuously updates with the latest tax laws to ensure it’s more up to date than any individual could be. TurboTax is so confident your return will be done right, they guarantee it2.
  • Plus, Smart Check scans for mistakes and double-checks your return for errors, so you can be confident your taxes are done right.
Fast refund

Get your fastest refund possible with e-file and direct deposit (refund time frames may vary). Free federal e-file is included at no extra charge. If you’re a returning user, TurboTax will automatically transfer your e-file information from your previous year’s return to save you even more time.

TurboTax Basic was designed to make doing your simple taxes easy, by guiding you step by step through your federal tax return. State preparation and printing is not included in this version.

Choose TurboTax Basic if any of the following apply to you:

  • You file a 1040EZ or other simple tax return
  • You own your home but don’t have a mortgage
  • You rent your home

Not sure Basic Edition will cover your unique situation? Get started with it, and it will prompt you if another TurboTax program may be better for you. When you upgrade, the info you’ve already entered will conveniently transfer automatically.

If you have a mortgage, childcare expenses, or made charitable donations, TurboTax Deluxe will help you maximize your deductions for the biggest tax refund.

If you own investments or rental property, choose TurboTax Premier. It has everything in Deluxe, plus will provide extra guidance so you get the most from your investments.

If you are a sole proprietor, consultant, 1099 contractor, or single-owner LLC, TurboTax Home & Business has everything in Premier and will help you make the most of your business and personal tax deductions.

Which TurboTax is Right for You?

Basic Deluxe Premier Home & Business
Step-by-Step Guidance
EasyStep Interview walks you through your return, finds you every credit you deserve, and double checks for errors as you go X X X X
Easily imports prior year tax data from TurboTax and other tax software brands X X X X
Save time by importing financial data including W-2s, investment, and mortgage information, plus import from Quicken and QuickBooks X X X X
Get personalized answers from an expert by phone, chat, or online X X X X
Five Federal e-files - receive IRS confirmation; get your fastest refund possible X X X X
Maximize Your Deductions
Deduction Maximizer searches over 350 deductions and credits as you go to help make sure you get your maximum refund X X X
Audit Risk Meter - helps you reduce your chance of an audit X X X
ItsDeductible helps you accurately value charitable donated items X X X
Expert advice provides insight into this year's outcome and recommendations to help you get an even bigger refund next year X X X
Investments and Rental Property
Extra guidance for investment sales such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and employee stock plans X X
Cost Basis Lookup quickly tracks and calculates historical cost basis X X
Shows you how much opening an IRA now could save you on this year's taxes X X
Additional help for rental property income, expenses, and refinancing X X
Schedule C Businesses
Expanded Schedule C guidance to maximize home office, vehicle, and other business deductions X
Simplified income and expense entry so you don't miss a thing X
Create W-2 and 1099 forms for your employees and contractors X
Walks you through what start-up costs new businesses can deduct X

Fastest refund with e-file and direct deposit; refund timeframes will vary. Cost includes tax preparation and printing of unlimited federal tax returns and free federal efile, of up to five federal tax returns. State Product not included in Basic but available for download. Additional fees apply for efiling state returns. State Efile fees do not apply to New York state returns. Prices subject to change without notice. Internet access required. Not for use by paid preparers.

1. Live tax advice service is free and available year-round by phone and online for questions on 2012 U.S. Federal and State tax returns (restrictions apply). Service, experience levels, hours of operation, and availability vary and are subject to restrictions and change without notice. (Tax Attorneys are not providing legal advice and are authorized under IRS Circ 230 to provide tax assistance and advice.)
2. If you pay an IRS or state penalty or interest because of a TurboTax calculation error, TurboTax will pay you the penalty and interest.

System Requirements

  • Processor: 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or faster
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP Service Pack 3+ (32-bit) / Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) / Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) / Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit) - administrative rights required
  • Memory: 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Monitor: 800×600 screen resolution (1024×768 recommended)
  • Internet Connection Required: 56 Kbps (Broadband connection recommended)
  • Hard Disk Space: 515 MB for TurboTax (plus up to 1.5 GB for Microsoft .NET 4 client if not already installed)
  • Printer: Any Windows-compatible inkjet or laser printer
  • Third Party Software: Win: Microsoft .NET 4 (included with TurboTax Installer); Adobe Reader 8 or higher

Note: State preparation and printing is NOT included in this version.

Product Description

TurboTax Basic: Guides you step-by-step to your maximum tax refund

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no need for deluxe or premier March 7, 2013
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TurboTax has gotten steadily better over the years and is very good now. I shopped around a bit and found Amazon's price to be the lowest.

The TurboTax website recommends the deluxe edition if you have kids, own a home or have lots of deductions, and they recommend the premier edition if you have investments or rental properties. I would definately go with their recommendations IF this is your first time using TurboTax. If in subsequent years your tax situation is the same and you don't need the extra guidance, you could get by with the cheaper basic edition. I've had no problems using the basic edition even though I've had a fair amount of investment activity (dividends and capital gains from sales of mutual funds and ETFs . . . no options or futures trading). I know the basic edition can handle itemized deductions.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Original Review: I purchased TurboTax Basic Windows version online, and downloaded it. I then installed the program and followed the instructions from Intuit to update the program. The program simply does not work. The program will not load, gives and error message and a form to fill out to send to Intuit with a return email address. I received no reply from Intuit and there is no online source of support to solve this problem. I have tried 3 separate downloads and 3 variations on the installation and updates of the program. None of them worked. Unfortunately, because I have already downloaded the file, Amazon does not give me a choice to return the faulty product, so I am stuck with a useless program.

Hey Amazon! Did you read this? How about a refund policy for faulty software. I would be happy to upload this useless file back to you so you can see for yourself that it doesn't work!

Re-Review: Many others have downloaded TurboTax Basic for Windows from Amazon with no problems, and I was not going to give up until I either received a new working version, instructions for how to fix the program, or figure out a solution on my own. After three email and phone attempts, I never even received a reply, much less a replacement file, from Intuit. With several hours of detective work searching internet forums, I found others who had similar problems with Intuit products and this eventually led me to a faulty Microsoft update for Microsoft.NET Framework 4 Extended(x64)for Windows 7 Pro (x64). Unfortunately, to fix the problem required a complete clean install of Windows 7(x64)and a re-install of all my software to find out that, yes, indeed the TurboTax Basic Windows installed and functions as advertised .... on machines which were fortunate to not get the buggy Windows update. I blame Microsoft for the problem, not Intuit. It would be helpful, however, if Intuit had a Customer Service department with a pulse.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old standby but so many upsells! February 2, 2013
By ChrisF
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I've been using TurboTax for years for my personal Federal tax preparation. From year to year I've had more or less complicated tax situations, but TT Basic has never failed to cover with the right questions and forms.

My complaint, and the reason for downgrading one star this year, is the irritating upsell messages that keep appearing. OK, maybe some people appreciate the constant opportunities to reconsider their decision to go with the Basic version.Inuit could address this complaint by providing a "do not notify me again" checkbox so I could get on with my taxes in peace.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TurboTax is the best February 1, 2013
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Download and install went without a hitch. Product performs well, is easy to use, and I love the way it gets data for you, wherever possible, so you don't have to manually enter data available by other means. I would recommend to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Price January 15, 2013
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I've used Turbo Tax for years. The Amazon download was the best price and easiest download. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to do their own taxes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done January 2, 2013
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Normally I use H&R Block but decided to go with TurboTax this year. I haven't completed the return yet - still waiting for a couple of forms - but for the portion of the software that I have gone through it is very well made. Very intuitive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Does the Job February 28, 2013
By F. Zell
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This version is more than adequate to do your taxes. It does all of the additional computations quickly. However there are so many views and menus in the basic form that sometimes you can't input the data without going BACK to some other form. Minor hitch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Download so simple February 15, 2013
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First time to download the software. It was smooth and easy. I'm downloading from now on. It was also cheaper on Amazon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Works as advertised
Works as advertised
Published 8 days ago by JMF12345
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
awesome easy to download and use
Published 28 days ago by luke turnbach
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy to use !
Published 1 month ago by Yolanda Guzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome! Love it, fast and timeley delivery!
Published 1 month ago by Mark Burgos
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It fully satisfied my needs.
Published 2 months ago by MIKE
5.0 out of 5 stars turbo tax
just as the name states, it is turbo charged. been using h r block for years paying $200 - $300 to them, when all along Turbo is able to do the exact same for a fraction of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sharron Andrades
1.0 out of 5 stars Last year's edition!
I mistakenly bought this on Feb. 1, 2014 thinking it was a 2013 version. It wasn't until it was halfway downloaded that I realized it was a 2012 edition. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert H Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars turbo tax 2012
I had to reconstruct my 2012 taxes in order to do 2013's. Amazon helped by keeping this old product on-hand and quickly accessible. Thank you
Published 7 months ago by richard t bucher
3.0 out of 5 stars its a love hate / thing
I wish that the program was much, MUCH more user friendly, ad cost much less money, it is a necessary evil
Published 8 months ago by Lorraine Welsh
2.0 out of 5 stars Next year I'll file earlier and hopefully cheaper !
By the time I added the GA Tax and E-File through Intuit ... it was quite expensive. And I still
have not been able to get my $10 rebate back.
Published 10 months ago by Happy Shopper
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