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on February 3, 2013
I just finished my taxes. One thing I will suggest for those having issues downloading state for extra $39.99 is to update state software, sign out of turbo tax and sign back in. State will be downloaded at no additional cost other than to e file state for $19.99. Those that claim its $19.99 plus $29.99 processing fee to e file state are not mentioning that the $29.99 processing fee is only if you want them to deduct the $19.99 directly from your return. You can pay by credit card to e file and it will only cost $19.99, no processing fee. So my federal and state taxes are completed and both filed electronically for a total of $60.
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on January 8, 2013
I expect that this software cut my tax bill by 30% over what I would find had I rummaged through the tax code myself. I used turbotax online since 2009 and liked it. This was on-sale and cheaper then the online price. It works just as well as online without the pesky multi stage authentication each time you login.

Why 3 out of 5?
I logged into turbotax online to download the .tax file for last year. When I clicked on "I need year xxx taxes in .tax format" it took me to buying turbo tax again. It took 45 minutes on the phone with a guy who wouldn't listen to me to finally get my taxes in .tax form so that I didn't have to re-enter information (employer ein, family demographics, etc) that are not on the 1040 you would print.

For anyone else needing to know, if you want to import that data from turbotax online into turbotax desktop.
1. Start a new 2013 tax filing online. Don't pay for it.
2. Click "Home"
3. Save my 2013 tax information on my computer.
Don't go through the "previous filings" link.
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on January 21, 2013
UPDATE: 03/21/13

Amazon and Intuit have updated the product page with several notes and bullet points that more clearly explain exactly which services this piece of software offers and which cost extra. The included services are: federal prep and e-file and state prep, but state e-file is extra. The entire purpose of this review was to explain the fact that for most people, there would be an additional cost should they want to file things electronically for both the federal and state returns. This was because the product listing's main description never listed out that the state e-file was not included in the price. It was only included as very tiny text at the very bottom of the description and was very easy to miss. I appreciate that Intuit and Amazon have updated this listing accordingly. The software itself is easy to use and since everything is filed electronically, you usually get your return pretty quickly. It also looks through a lot of deductions to make sure you're getting the biggest refund. Now that things have been updated and the description is more accurate, I can fully recommend the product.

I appreciate the fact that these companies listened to all of our feedback and actually took action!


I really enjoy TurboTax's software and have used the online version for the past several years when filing my tax returns. I saw that Amazon had a complete downloadable version for what appeared to be an acceptable price, so I decided to give it a try. Everything seemed to be going well until I got to one of the final screens in which I was prompted to pay an additional $20 just to E-file my state return. This caught me off guard because the title of the software said "Federal + E-File + State." That makes it sound like both Federal and State are included with E-file. But, you'd be wrong to think that. No where in any sort of legible way does the product listing say that state E-filing is extra. It's only until you're almost done that you're made aware of the fact that you need to pay more and by that time I believe they expect most people just to pay it. Why? Because you've already paid the money to download the product. It's silly that you have to pay for software and then pay more AFTER you've already paid just to use a complete product.

TurboTax should immediately update the name of this product and make it very clear that while state "preparation" may be included, E-filing is not and requires additional money. Your total price for the service is basically 50% more than the price you pay to download the software.
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on February 2, 2013
Even though it mentions state is included, it charged extra $39.99 to start the state returns.
No resolution on email is provided by intuit, your options are to either wait for 2 hours to catch a chat representative of 45 minutes to speak with someone on phone
Once you are done paying for states, there is another $19.99 for filing state returns
What a ripoff!
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on January 13, 2013
I've been using TurboTax Deluxe for several years now and I think it's great! I had no problems downloading the product (Windows XP) or installing it. The one thing I really like about it is the automatic update feature. When I run the software, if there are any updates for the program, forms, etc., it automatically asks me if I want to download and install them which I do so I have the most current versions of everything. Years ago I used to do my taxes manually spending literally hours filling out worksheets to see if I qualified for a particular deduction and how much I could deduct. Having seen many TV advertisements for TurboTax, I decided to try it. Boy oh boy, what a difference in the time it took to prepare my taxes. I don't have a real complicated return, at least I don't think I do, but TurboTax found deductions I wasn't even aware of or that I qualified for. If you can read, follow directions and answer all the questions honestly, I think TurboTax is the only way to go to get your maximum refund.
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on February 2, 2013
I have been using TurboTax Deluxe for many many years. I had no problems following the software except when I got to the end where you choose to E-file or mail your forms. Federal E-file is free but they wanted another $19.99 to E-file the state taxes PLUS $29.99 for processing fee. I'm not happy with this at all. I went ahead and Efile my federal and took the mail route for my state taxes. The title made me think you were getting both federal and state free efiling. I will not be using this next year as you can efile your federal on line for free and I'll just do the mail route with the state taxes.
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on February 2, 2013
I've used TurboTax for two decades to prepare my federal and state tax return. It does the job. For better or worse, I'm used to it. Yet it has needless weak points and provides needless annoyances.

VAGUE ERROR MESSAGES: When TurboTax checks for errors in your return, the messages explaining the possible errors are often hard to understand.

NAVIGATION: In preparing a long-form return on TurboTax, you will navigate through many, many pages (in my case, over 200). To reach the next page, you must go to the bottom of the current page and click "Continue." But the "Continue" is hidden behind the Windows 7 taskbar (at least on my Lenovo Thinkpad), even on pages that contain only a few lines of text. You need to click on the page and scroll to the bottom before you can see and click "Continue."

EXTRA CHARGE: TurboTax will charge you extra for e-filing your state return. It should disclose that charge clearly and specifically before you buy the product.

UPGRADES: Be wary of buying the many upgrades and additional services TurboTax will offer. Most users of TurboTax Deluxe will derive little additional benefit from them.

SELF-SERVING CHATTER: As you proceed through your return, you face recurring chatter implying that you owe your deductions and credits to TurboTax. It labels your total federal deductions, "federal deductions we found for you." It labels your total state deductions, "state deductions we found for you." As though you would have had no deductions or credits at all but for using TurboTax.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: When you first open this software, TurboTax demands a full page of contact information, including your mobile telephone number. It says it demands this information so it can notify you if the rules change. I provided all the requested information except my phone number. But that wasn't good enough for TurboTax. For the next ten or so times that I opened the software, it made me start with the contact-information screen. I'd already given TurboTax my e-mail address; it didn't need my phone number. Once TurboTax has your phone number, it's free to make telemarketing calls. To prevent those calls, you need to go through the separate exercise of changing your contact preferences. And you can't do even that without giving TurboTax your daytime phone number.
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on January 30, 2013
State E-file is not included and will cost you an additional $20! Very misleading and while it is a quality product otherwise I will never use turbotax again due to these deceptive business practices!
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on January 25, 2013
I originally could not use the state file that I paid for with this product. Turbo Tax was prompting me to pay an additional $39.99 for a product that I had just paid the same amount for here on Amazon.

This is how I fixed my problem:

1) Saved my current work file in Turbo Tax.
2) Closed the Turbo Tax software completely.
3) Re-started Turbo Tax.
4) Opened my previous work file and my missing state file started without an issue.

I hope this information will help other users.

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on January 29, 2013
Be sure to read the fine print, there is an additional charge for E-filing state returns. Runs about $19.99 extra.
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