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TurboTax Basic Federal + E-file 2011 [Old Version]

by Intuit
Platform : Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X
54 customer reviews

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  • Easily guides you step by step to your maximum refund
  • Asks easy-to-understand questions tailored to you
  • Free one-on-one expert tax advice live by phone or chat
  • Places your answers and information into the right tax forms and automatically double-checks your return for errors
  • Free Federal E-File lets you file your return electronically and receive IRS confirmation
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Everything you need to easily do your simple tax return.

Does the Hard Work for You

Asks Easy Questions, Tailored to You

Guides you step by step through your tax return, then puts your answers on the right tax forms for you, including 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040. Skips interview questions that don’t apply to you, so you can finish your return faster.

Automatically Fills in W-2 and 1099 Info

Gets your W-2 and 1099 data directly from over 100,000 participating employers and financial institutions and automatically puts it in the right tax forms. A brief summary lets you review and edit downloaded information if necessary.

Transfers Last Year’s Tax Info

No retyping necessary. Fills in information from your previous year’s return to save time and increase accuracy. Shows you what you’re importing and where it goes in your return. You can also import from other tax software including TaxACT and H&R Block’s TaxCut.

*New* Imports a PDF of Last Year's Tax Return

Easily imports prior year tax data/documents from TurboTax, other tax software brands3 and tax stores.4

Imports Your Financial Data

Imports information from your financial software (including Quicken®, QuickBooks® 2007 and higher3, and Microsoft® Money) so you can skip the cut and paste this year.

Makes it Easy to Hold Your Place

Flag areas in your tax return so you can get back to them easily.


Feel Confident Your Taxes
Are Done Right

Now Free! Only TurboTax software offers one-on-one expert tax advice free for everyone, live by phone and chat.

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Provides Help When You Need It

Live Tax Answers

Now Available! Get FREE one-on-one expert tax advice, live by phone or chat. Plus, you'll have instant access to answers to commonly asked tax questions on every screen.

Straightforward Guidance & Advice

Find help on any tax topic from anywhere within TurboTax. Get plain-English explanations of specific tax areas and helpful examples when you need them.

Life Events Expert

Explains how changes in your life, such as purchasing a home, changing jobs or becoming a parent, will affect your taxes so you can prepare your return with confidence.

Guide Me

Not sure how to answer a tax question? We’ll guide you to the right answer, making your taxes even easier.

FREE Technical Support

Got a software question? No problem! Get answers from a TurboTax expert via phone or live chat.

Why TurboTax Basic is the easiest choice for you …

TurboTax Basic was designed to make doing your simple taxes easy, by guiding you step by step through your federal tax return. 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

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.

Spots Errors and Shows How to Fix Them

Smart Check™ Scans for Mistakes

Smart Check double-checks your return for errors, so you can be confident your taxes are done right.

Guaranteed Accurate Calculations

If you should get hit with an IRS or state penalty or interest due to a TurboTax calculation error, we’ll pay you the penalty and interest.

Keeps You 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.
TurboTax guides you through your taxes like a GPS,
with extra help for first time users.

Get Your Refund Faster with Included Federal File

Shows Your Tax Refund in Real Time

Watch your refund add up as you complete your return. Our Dual Refund Monitor constantly displays and updates both your federal and state refunds (or taxes due) as you complete your federal return.

Federal Efile Included

Get your refund in as few as 8 days with efile and direct deposit. Free federal efile is included with TurboTax at no extra charge. If you’re a returning user, we’ll automatically transfer your efile information from your previous year’s
return to save you even more time.

New Options to Get Your Refund Fast

Direct deposit your tax refund on a TurboTax Refund Card, a reloadable Visa prepaid card that can be used everywhere Visa debit is accepted. Or put your refund on a prepaid card you already have.

Start your return and efile with Turbotax today.
Intuit will submit your return when the IRS starts
 accepting them on January 14, 2012. The IRS
will email you a confirmation within 48 hours.

Plus, TurboTax Basic Includes These Helpful Features to Make Doing Your Taxes Even Easier

Search Topics or Forms

Looking for a specific form? Just type in the name of the form and TurboTax will take you to it.

Compares Sales Tax vs. State Income Tax Deduction Savings

Shows you which tax deduction will get you the biggest savings: sales tax paid or state and local income tax paid.

Takes the Confusion Out of Vehicle Registration Deductions

Tells you if you can deduct vehicle registration costs and how to take the deduction.

Summarizes Your Tax Situation

Compares this year’s return to last year’s return and shows you how your numbers compare with the U.S. average, so you can rest assured your taxes are accurate.

Explains AMT and How to Avoid It

Gain a better understanding of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and how it affects your bottom line. Learn why you may be subject to AMT and how you can avoid it in the future.

Helps with Education Credits and Deductions

Tells you who qualifies for education credits, which expenses are deductible and how to save the most money.

Handles Social Security and Other Types of Income

Provides extra help for entering Social Security income, Disability income, Supplemental Security income, and dependent’s Social Security income.

Simplifies Estimated Tax Payments

Explains how estimated taxes work and tells you if you need to make estimated quarterly payments.

Risk Free

Not sure Basic Edition will cover your unique situation? Start anytime and we will prompt you if another TurboTax program may be better for you. When you upgrade, the info you’ve already entered so far will transfer automatically.

Guides You Step by Step Through Amending Returns, if You Need To

TurboTax makes it easy to amend your return. Need more time? You can submit an application for a filing extension with just a few clicks.

Why Make the Switch?

TurboTax is easy and it could save you money.

Tax Store
Asks you questions and fills in the right tax forms

Gets you every deduction and credit you deserve

Tips and advice tailored to your unique tax situation

Support in case of an audit (fees may apply)

Handles tax impact of changes in your life

Years of expertise to help answer your questions

Up-to-date with all the latest tax laws

Federal efile included at no extra charge

Prepare and file your taxes anytime, 24/7

Do your taxes yourself, without leaving home

Save on average $100 or more over
the leading tax store by choosing TurboTax.

Which TurboTax is Right for You? Click to enlarge.

1. Cost includes tax preparation and printing of unlimited federal tax returns and free federal efile of up to 5 federal tax returns. Additional fees apply for efiling state returns($19.95). State e-file is an additional fee. E-file fees do not apply to New York state returns. All prices are subject to change without notice. 2. TurboTax CD and Download users must have Internet access to interact with the Live Community. 3. Windows Only. 4. Documents must be imported in electronic (PDF) format. 5. Live tax advice service is free and available by phone or chat through 4/30/12 for questions on 2011 U.S. Federal and State tax returns (restrictions apply). Service, experience levels, hours of operation, and availability vary and are subject to change without notice.

Product Details

Platform: PC Disc
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B005TK645Q
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,612 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Customer Reviews

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dick and Nona on December 20, 2011
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I have used Turbotax for over 10 years. Have always used the basic as it is the most economical, and contains all the features I need, including forms for rental properties, depreciation schedules, and more. The information from the previous year is transferred to the current year with the touch of a button, which can possibly keep you from forgetting something. Turbotax is great!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maximum Verbosity TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 5, 2012
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I've been using Turbo Tax for years. Every year, there seems to be some little "glitch" that Turbo Tax always blames on the government, saying a required update from the IRS hasn't been received, etc. Until now, the glitch has been resolved within a few days or a week. But this time, we imported the exact information from last year's return. Nothing at all has changed. First our return was rejected because the AGI/PIN didn't match, though Turbo Tax claims that it imports all of the info from previous returns for you so you don't have this issue. So we created a new PIN, triple-checked the AGI and submitted it again. Then it said the spouse SS# was wrong. It's not. We even called the SS office and verified it is correct. Then it said one of our of our dependents have already filed using their SS#. That's interesting since none of our children are old enough to even have a clue how to do something like that. So, we've paid for Turbo Tax and end up having to file a paper return anyway because Turbo Tax says it's someone else's fault, not theirs. We took our tax info to an accountant (and paid for it) and she filed our return electronically without changing a single thing and it was accepted immediately. That tells me that Turbo Tax is the problem. And of course, they are giving us a hard time about honoring their 100% satisfaction guarantee. This is our last year using Turbo Tax, they obviously don't have it all together.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Value Seeker on December 25, 2011
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The Turbo Tax basic edition seems to provide ample tools even for complex tax return preparation.

It's main shortcoming: A trifle clumsy to use at times, particularly when one wishes to go directly to the IRS forms being worked on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GaryS on February 18, 2012
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If you have an investment account, STEER CLEAR of Turbotax. Doesn't download 1099 transactions like it says it does from major brokerage firms. Customer service is completely worthless (spent an hour on their online chat just trying to get the customer service person to acknowledge that I actually bought the product). When you download the product, there is no place to register and no order # for Turbotax. So, they basically won't help you. Complete waste of money.

Footnote: Although I am completely dissatisfied with TurboTax, Amazon is completely amazing! They helped me resolve the problem quickly and courteously. I have been an Amazon Prime member for many years and never hesitate buying anything from them. They are a first class organization!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra L. Gibbs on January 14, 2012
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I always have a hard time finding a retailer who sells TurboTax Basic as they tend to push the more expensive premium and small business software. State taxes are so easy to do after federal is done that the exta money needed to get the premium software is in my opinion a waste. I think people are confused when the TV ads say do federal turbo tax fee on line. They do offer this but only for the Easy form....if you need to itemize you must have the basic software. Thankyou Amazon for making it and convienent and easy to purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Wee on March 2, 2012
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TurboTax 2011 promises to do much more than it delivers. Throughout the process, it keep trying to get you to buy additional products and services. It says it will let you know by e-mail when and if your return is accepted or rejected by the IRS. It didn't, so I waited a week! Next year, no way TurboTax, that's for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan D on September 17, 2012
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The problem with putting off taxes until the last minute is that in a rush, you forget things you promised to do last year. Last year I promised myself I would not use TurboTax again. I forgot.

Everything I hated about 2010 is back: Constant attempts to upsell me, the clumsy user interface, poor handling of mistakes. This year I made a mistake and needed to file an amendment. For once I figured TurboTax would help me. Ha! Naturally the process to file an amendment is awkward, and if you don't do things in just the right way, you have to start over.

Yet again, I promise myself that will save $30 and just use the IRS's free "Free File Fillable Forms." TurboTax Basic was not worth the cost. If your tax situation is relatively simple (mortgage, basic income), I recommend you do the same. If your situation becomes more complicated (mine may this year), I'm giving up on software and paying the modest premium to have a professional do the job for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Breton on April 21, 2012
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I find reviewing Intuit products difficult. On the one hand, the products continue to perform reasonably well; I can't imagine doing taxes by hand any more, and, from what I hear, the competitive products are no better. Anyway I look at it, taxes for $25 -- plus the state fee, see below -- is a good deal.

On the other hand, the Intuit marketing machine continues to be odious. Running Intuit products is like visiting the Third World and being surrounded by beggars, constantly asking you for just $5 more. This year it was the state version, which cost an additional $45.

Sometimes Intuit representatives show up here on Amazon, asking what they can do to improve the product. It's simple -- but good luck getting these by the business people:

* Minimize user annoyance. This is far and away the most important.
* Don't hide fees
* No gratuitous changes to functionality that already works fine
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