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TurboTax Home & Business Federal + E-file + State 2011 for PC [Download] [Old Version]

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  • Guides you step by step through your self-employment and personal income taxes
  • Provides help in finding small business tax deductions and industry specific deductions
  • Expanded interview walks you through entering business income and expenses to help you maximize business and personal deductions
  • Free Federal E-File
  • Shows you how to maximize deductions related to large purchases
  • Free one-on-one expert tax advice live by phone or chat
  • Includes Free Federal E-File and one download of a TurboTax State product
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  • ASIN: B005S4Y8TM
  • Release Date: November 10, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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TurboTax Home & Business: For your self-employment & personal income taxes

System Requirements
  • Processor: 1 GHz 32/64-bit (x86) or faster
  • Operating System: Windows XP Home / Pro with Service Pack 3 or higher (32-bit) / Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Ultimate (32/64-bit) Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
  • Monitor: 1024×768 screen resolution
  • RAM: 512 MB RAM (1.0 GB RAM Recommended)
  • Internet Connection Required: 56 Kbps (Broadband connection recommended)
  • Hard Disk Space: Federal plus State Product: 300 MB
  • Printer: Any Windows-compatible inkjet or laser printer
  • Third Party Software: Microsoft .NET 4 (included with TurboTax Installer); Adobe Reader 8 or higher

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174 of 180 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Tax Software Available (with a warning) November 29, 2011
By Stephen
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I have been using Turbo Tax for about 10 years. In general it is an easy to use program and I have never been audited. I only enter legitimate data that I have a receipt for. If I was to be audited it wouldn't be a big deal.

6 years ago I had gone through the process of filling out all my forms but neglected to save the data prior to entering the E file area of the program. When I saw the state fee for E file, I tried to back out of the E file program section. All of my data prior to my last save was lost. This was about 6 hours of work. I know it was my fault for not saving my data, but I thought that the E file was included in the price of the program. I felt the program should require you to save the data prior to entering a section where the data would be lost if you backed out of the E file section. I called Intuit to let them know what happened and found the response to my issue underwhelming.

The Federal E file is free but the states may charge additional fee of about $20 to E file.

The next year I used an accountant which turned out to be a big mistake. It cost several times the price of the software package and all of my carryover deductions needed to be manually entered. I spent more time putting my information together for the accountant than I had spent in previous years doing the return myself. The accountant just made the deadline and repeatedly called asking for clarifications on deductions.

I learned my lesson from that experience. Now I always use Turbo Tax Home and Business but make sure I save my data throughout the entry process.

I'd give the product 4.5 stars if I could. I find the statement of E file to be slightly deceptive. The state filing is not included in the price the program.
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140 of 146 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars employee information data storage January 8, 2012
By Rcall
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I have used this product since 1997 to do my taxes. Unfortunately, this year Turbo Tax decided to store the payroll information on their servers rather than the consumers' desktops. The result is my employees' information is stored where I have no control. I will forever need to worry about security issues considering this data. If at some point in the future I need to amend the return, I will be dependent on the goodwill of Turbo Tax to access this data. I will no longer be using this product.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
By D4E0
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I have used Turbo Tax for years. Two or three years ago I began using their transfer function to transfer 1099MISC information from the prior year to the current year, so that all one needed to do was fill in the correct dollar amount and not have to retype all the names and addresses. It worked fine in prior years, just as you could transfer your tax information for the 1040 from the prior year.


This transfer function DOES NOT WORK in the 2011 iteration of Turbo Tax Home & Business 2011. In its infinite wisdom, Intuit moved this transfer scenario from a simple file to file transfer and
put it instead, on line. It does not work. I am unable to transfer the 150 or so 1099MISC forms from 2010 to 2011 AND no one at Intuit/Turbo Tax seemed to know it doesn't work. I lost three
hours on line and then on the phone trying to get this function to work, speaking with tech specialists at Turbo Tax.

All you learn in the program itself, when you try to make the transfer USING THE FILE TYPE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO USE, is the infuriating message "Houston, we have a problem ... but don't worry we are not in outer space."

Well guess what, you folks at Intuit are indeed in outer space if you think it is acceptable to not have this function working as of 1/25/11 just six days before the IRS deadline to send the
1099MISC forms to their recipients.


Do not buy Turbo Tax Home & Business if you need to transfer your 1099MISC information from 2010 to 2011.

Shame on you Intuit.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big changes in doing 1099s - mixed bag gets more mixed January 12, 2012
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Intuit is like lots of other aging software companies, dying to find ways to increase revenues with absurd complexification and attempts to extract rents from users. With TurboTax, there's by definition an annual need for a new package, but this year there are SIGNIFICANT changes to be aware of. The biggest, if you are preparing 1099s for contractors, is that the software seemingly requires you conduct the entire process on the Web. (Let's not even talk about Intuit's astonishingly offensive overriding of a user's set browser preference to fire up MS Internet Explorer frequently.) The claim is that this is at the behest of the IRS, which doesn't want to be processing paper. Regardless, there is seemingly no way to prepare the forms on your own machine first. HOWEVER, there is an undocumented way to do so: return to the home screen after starting the process of preparing 1099s, and click "File... New..." to start a new return. This will override the program and begin the basic, local process to prepare 1099s that we remember from prior years. No idea what will happen next year, but at least for this year you can avoid having everything forced through Intuit's online services.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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Yes, what took me about half an hour last year from download, install and data entry is still not done after at least six times that long and I am ANGRY. I am trying to create 1099s, a simple programming function compared to the rest of the tax needs I am going to have as I prepare our full taxes and THE SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK. 1099 and W-2 is now forced to be online and the system is horrible, doesn't work and each successful data entry takes at least three attempts. And then you aren't sure if it is successful because instead of freezing your computer, you get this message:

Houston, we have a problem...
Luckily, we're not in space. Rest assured, our programmers are on it.

That may work if you sign out, sign in and try that again.
If you see this again, please contact us so we can help.

I am not amused. NASA wouldn't have ever gotten to the moon with TurboTax 2011 Software. They'd never gotten to the launchpad. Or the rocket built. We'd still think it was made of swiss cheese.

Then, of course, when you go back and try again, your data is often correct--after all you just entered a four digit number! Why would that break a system?

So, yes, believe the reviews. I haven't even started the individual tax return and I am worried. I might be buying TaxAct or whatever I can find before this tax season is over because my trust level is kaput. I could do 1099s online at the IRS site or handwrite them, they are the easiest, simplest form I will deal with over the next few months. But I bought TurboTax to make it even easier. And if it can't handle these, well, I shudder and I worry.
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