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TurboTax Home & Business Federal + E-File + State 2012 for PC [Old Version]

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  • Helps you get every dollar you deserve from your personal and small business taxes
  • Extra guidance for self-employment and small business deductions
  • 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 and one download of a TurboTax State product

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Price includes tax preparation and printing of tax returns. Additional state E-Filing fees may apply. Please check directly with the publisher for the most current state and E-filing fees applicable to your unique situation.

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  • ASIN: B009HBCPS8
  • Release Date: November 15, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
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TurboTax Home & Business: For your personal & small business income taxes

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: provides extra guidance for self-employment and small business deductions, 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.

Everything You Need to Easily Do Your Personal and Business Taxes

  • Customizes questions based on your business profile (sole-proprietor, consultant, 1099 contractor, and single-owner LLC) and gives you step-by-step guidance for entering income and expenses.
  • Helps find all small business tax deductions and shows you which expenses you can deduct for your vehicle, supplies, utilities, home office expenses, and more.
  • Walks you through industry-specific tax write-offs to help you spot commonly-overlooked deductions.
  • Finds your biggest vehicle deduction by showing whether you'll get a bigger deduction using actual expenses or the standard mileage rate.
  • Extra help for splitting vehicle expenses between business and personal use.
  • Helps you prepare unlimited W-2 and 1099 forms for employees and contractors. Does all calculations and prints on plain paper with no special forms needed. Mac users must have Internet access to create W-2 and 1099 forms.
  • Simplifies asset depreciation and helps you determine which depreciation method will get you your biggest deduction. TurboTax Home & Business + Federal + Efile + State includes all the great features of TurboTax Premier plus a download of one TurboTax State Product.

TurboTax Is in Your Corner

Tax experts when you need them

TurboTax's CPAs, EAs, and Tax Attorneys are here for you year-round so 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. The Audit Risk Meter checks your tax return for common audit triggers and shows whether your risk is high or low. It also provides tips to help you reduce your chance of an audit.

And, with free technical support, get answers to your software questions from a TurboTax expert via phone or live chat.

Guides you step-by-step

The TurboTax Q&A asks you questions that are easy to understand and answer, and puts your answers on the right tax forms for you. It automatically fills in W-2 and 1099 info from over 100,000 participating employers and financial institutions and automatically puts it in the right tax forms.

Plus, TurboTax transfers last year’s tax info, so no retyping is necessary. It fills in information from your previous year’s return to save time and increase accuracy. You can also import from other tax stores and software including TaxACT and H&R Block’s TaxCut (Windows via .tax & .pdf; MAC via .pdf).

Get back all the money you deserve

TurboTax is personalized to you based on your job, family, or life changes, and searches for over 350 deductions and credits to get you your biggest tax refund. TurboTax looks for deduction opportunities as you go and shows which deductions you have and haven't taken. It also tells you how to qualify for just about any deduction, so you don’t miss any opportunities to save.

ItsDeductible (included) helps you accurately value items you donate to charity. Plus, it tracks other donations such as cash, mileage, and stocks, to help you get every charitable deduction you’re entitled to.

Your taxes, done right

The TurboTax team of CPAs continuously updates the product 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 will scan for mistakes and double-check your return for errors, so you can be confident your taxes are done right.

Fast refund
  • TurboTax shows your tax refund in real time. Watch your refund add up as you complete your return. The Dual Refund Monitor constantly displays and updates both your federal and state refunds (or taxes due) as you complete your federal return.
  • Plus, get your fastest refund possible (with efile and direct deposit).
  • Free federal efile is included at no extra charge. If you’re a returning user, TurboTax will automatically transfer your efile information from your previous year’s return to save you even more time.

TurboTax Home & Business was designed to help you take full advantage of your personal and business deductions so you get your biggest tax refund possible.

Choose TurboTax Home & Business if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are a sole proprietor, consultant, 1099 contractor, or single-owner LLC
  • You receive income from a side job or self-employment
  • You prepare W-2 and 1099-MISC forms for employees or contractors
  • You file your personal and business taxes together

If you own an S Corp, partnership, C Corp, or multiple-owner LLC, choose TurboTax Business.

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: *Not currently compatible with Windows 8.1 / 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 included in this version. State E-file is available at an additional charge.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, ignore the bad review! January 3, 2013
By Caz H.
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This is an excellent product for filing your home and small business taxes if you do them together, but PLEASE read ALL of the information. The bad review below said it didn't state it wasn't for partnerships, well it DOES state that. It tells you very clearly in the product information that if you are a partnership, etc, then you should buy Turbotax Business 2012 and not this one. I am a sole proprietor and file my home and business taxes together, so this one is great for people like me - very simple and saves me a fortune in accountant fees because my business isn't too profitable YET!

This is what it says in the information:

"If you own an S Corp, partnership, C Corp, or multiple-owner LLC, choose TurboTax Business" - could that really be ANY clearer?
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware the state download huge hassle February 5, 2013
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I bought Tubotax Home and Business 2012 from Amazon, and learned to my dismay that there is a bug in the program that will not let you download and install your state tax files. The only way I finally got mine was to be on hold (2 different people) for about 2 hours. Then they put a download on my account so I could manually download it and install it into my copy of Turbotax.

This is unspeakably shoddy behavior for a company the size of Intuit, and who has always made good products. I received little apology from their customer service reps, who make it clear they are aware of the problem but so far have done little to fix it, other than forcing people to be on hold on the telephone for a couple of hours in order to get their copy of the state forms.

Of course, they DO allow from within the program the opportunity to buy the state program for another $35 or so, but I was not willing to pay for something that was supposed to be included in the program. This almost feels like an intentional fraudulent effort to get people to buy the state product over again.

Complain loudly so that Intuit takes this bug seriously. If enough of us write bad reviews, perhaps they will do something really appropriate, like proactively download the correct state to each customer and notify them by email that it is ready.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for my single member LLC and personal taxes! January 6, 2013
By Andrew
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I am halfway through the tax process already and am confident the software has what I need t cover my single member LLC, including the deductions for my home office. I used a CPA last year since it was my first year reporting as an LLC. That cost was $475 (a bargain rate for most CPAs). Today, I used last year's return to verify this software could meet my needs and sure enough, it will. The only thing keeping me from giving five stars is the lack of bookmarking capability and an occasional poorly worded question or explanation. Overall, this is a good value, though - the best option for anyone with small businesses or side businesses that are not multi-owner. I
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I've been using TT for more than ten years. Unfortunately, this year, the program simply doesn't work. I am using Windows 2007, and Google Chrome as a browser. I had trouble downloading the updates so I thought "okay, I realize Congress waited until the last minute--I'll come back to it." I went ahead and did my entire tax return, and then I went back to try to download the updates. The downloads "stalled" after about 2 minutes. I tried several times, always with the same result. I tried simply filing the return without the updates--not the best idea, but it's a pretty simple return. The program will not allow me to e-file (although of course it took my $19.95 to electronically file the state return). Intuit clearly knows about the problem, because there is a "superpatch" on the website to download manually. Unfortunately, the same thing happened when I tried to download the "superpatch". I've spent hours on hold, repeatedly attempting downloads, and trying to contact TuboTax--all unsuccessful. The company clearly knows about this problem and is doing very little to address it. Not satisfactory. Seems like TT is fine as long as everything works, but when there is a glitch in the program, the company is nowhere to be found. My taxes are not filed, and I have an appointment with H & R Block.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly dependable, but keep your previous years' records. December 30, 2012
By C.R.S.
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Largely straight forward product that makes completing my personal and small business taxes quite manageable. I like the electronic filing feature for federal and state. Disappointed that the program sometimes doesn't display calculations such as estimated tax amounts paid which caused me a penalty one year because it had entered it without displaying the amount in another part of a form and then I entered it again. After using the program for 15 years I find that it doesn't carry forward information on vehicular mileage which is important when disposing of a vehicle, creating a lot of work in finding previous years' info. Too bad current version can't open a previous year's return, even in just viewing mode.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product March 28, 2013
By Tdooley
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Overall, it is a good product. Many helpful suggestions. The biggest drawback is that the state filing fee is not included in the purchae price - the extra $19.99 price for filing a state return seems pricey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been such a nice experience February 17, 2013
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I have been using TurboTax for many many years. This year was the first year that I purchased the Home & Business version (my wife started a home business). I was actually looking forward to doing my taxes. Everything started out great, worked my way through the business section and learned a few things, did my federal taxes and was excited for the possible tax return.... and then I downloaded my state tax forms, and the good times ended. I got the first error message at the time of the download and have been getting them every time I start the program. It will not update and I am not able to progress to the state portion of my taxes. I have followed the suggested fixes offered on the Intuit help site with no avail. Today I figured I'd make a phone call to the support line. After being on hold for nearly 20 min. I spoke with a man that only told me that I needed a different department and he then transferred me. The next hold time was nearly 60 min. When the wait time finally reached 1 minute I got a tease of a ring and then the line disconnected. I am beyond frustrated and annoyed with this and I would wager I'm not the only one. I will be thinking twice about buying one of these products again.
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