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TurboTax Premier Federal + E-File + State 2012 [Old Version]

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  • Helps you get every dollar you deserve from your taxes
  • Provides extra guidance for your stock sales, rental property income, and investments
  • Get expert help when you need it, free
  • Cost basis lookup quickly tracks and calculates historical cost basis
  • Includes 5 Free Federal E-files and one download of a TurboTax State product

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TurboTax Premier Federal + E-File + State 2012 [Old Version] + TurboTax Deluxe Fed and Efile 2013
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Product Details

Platform: PC/Mac Disc
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009CCVMO0
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Software
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (855 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC/Mac Disc

Product Description

TurboTax Premier: Extra guidance for investments & rental property income

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 your stock sales, rental property income, and investments, to get you 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.

Helps You Get the Most from Your Investments

  • Saves time by automatically importing your investment info directly from your financial institution.
  • Helps you find every rental deduction with over 20 deductions for landlords, from travel to advertising to repairs to insurance.
  • Simplifies reporting rental property depreciation and shows which depreciation method will get you the biggest tax deduction.
  • Helps you accurately report investment sales, walking you through reporting sales of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and calculating capital gains/losses.
  • Determines your cost basis - Finds your accurate purchase price for stock sales.
  • Guides you through reporting sales from Employee Stock Plans and automatically determines your correct basis for selling shares purchased at different times or different prices.
  • Guides you through home refinancing, deducting points, appraisal fees, recording costs, and more so you don’t miss a single chance to save.
  • TurboTax Premier + Federal + E-file + State includes all of the great features of TurboTax Deluxe 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 Premier was designed to help you make the most of your investments and rental property deductions, so you get your biggest tax refund possible.

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

  • You sold stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or options for an employee stock plan
  • You own rental property
  • You are the beneficiary of an estate or trust (received a K-1 form)

If you are a sole proprietor, consultant, 1099 contractor, or single-owner LLC, choose TurboTax Home & Business. It has everything in Premier, plus expanded guidance to help you maximize home office, vehicle, and other business deductions.

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

  • For Mac: Intel-based Processor
  • For PC: 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or faster processor
Operating Systems
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later / Mac OS X v10.7.5 or later / Mac OS X v10.8.0 or later
  • 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
  • For Mac: 1 GB of memory
  • For PC: 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • For Mac: 1024×768 screen resolution
  • For PC: 800×600 screen resolution (1024×768 recommended)
Internet Connection Required
  • 56 Kbps (Broadband connection recommended)
CD-ROM Drive
  • 2X CD-ROM drive
Hard Disk Space
  • For Mac: 360 MB
  • For PC: 515 MB for TurboTax (plus up to 1.5 GB for Microsoft .NET 4 client if not already installed)
  • Any Macintosh- or 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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Tool -- Simplifies a Complex Annual Task January 10, 2013
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc
I used this product since 1988 (DOS, 5.25" floppies), and wouldn't want to give it up. I've been buying it through my FI which has a partnership discount rather than from a re-seller like Amazon.com & Costco. Right now, what you get is a TurboTax "shell" to transfer last year's "info data" to the current year, and forms which act as placeholders until finalized forms are released by the IRS. The State forms are preliminary and incomplete, and they are last to be released by TurboTax, because typically, State tax codes are based off of what the Feds do. Also, at this time, W-2's, 1099's, 1098's, etc. haven't been released, and although you can backfill them from all your 12/31/2012 statements, it reduces the ease you are trying to achieve. Also, wait until your IRS report forms are received, then do an online software update.

TurboTax evolved to a Q&A type format which remains the user interface for the past decade or so, grouping similar topics together like "Income", "Deductions", "Taxes Paid", etc. I think it reflects how many taxpayers think about the topics.

Previously, users have complained about the cost of State efile, and pricing structure. I haven't studied the 2012 structure, but here are the usual suspects:

(1) State efile fee of $20 -- I just send in the paper and avoid the fee (3-4 weeks to receive a state refund). Not really Turbotax's issue as the states should get together and perhaps adopt a common platform which Turbotax & HR Block acn just charge a nominal fee for any state rather than the (2011) $20 to file.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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I have been using TurboTax for years. The transfer of data from prior years is fast and easy. I use it when it first comes out each year to do some quick tax calculations to plan my year end transactions. For planning purposes where one does not have all the various forms from financial institutions, one must force the program to ignore certain missing information, or go back to the paper copies of the various forms received from those institutions in prior years. These problems, of course, go away when one is doing the actual tax return, since those forms for the current year would be at hand. This is only a problem when doing early estimates without the various forms.

I like that the program is constantly updated as one approaches the actual filing time, so that everything is current and up to date at the time of filing.

A good solid product that gets better each year.

Be sure to buy the level of Turbo Tax that you need for your own particular situation - since moving up their product line can be expensive.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible for income property (Premiere Edition) January 31, 2013
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc
I have used TT for many years. Last year I purchased the premier edition because I bought a rental property. I was hoping the wizard would walk me through all the steps for determining what is an expense and what is depreciable, specifically around HUD statement items. WRONG! You would think a key element of the wizard would be to walk the user through such an important document for preparing taxes. There is no intelligence built into the wizard - they just provide a few fields for you to input data but do not communicate the meaning and impact and what should qualify. It is up to you to discover that on your own. I was more than extremely disappointed, and it took me about 3 weeks to research various related items and then figure out how to input them into the right place in the wizard. VERY BAD INTERFACE SINCE THE PRODUCT IS MARKETED TO WALK YOU THROUGH EVERYTHING. This year I'm going to research H&R Block's software to determine if I can import my data from Turbotax from last year, and proceed with that approach.

TurboTax folks - you blew it on this one - big time - enough to make me change software - pay attention to these reviews !!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No customer support January 22, 2013
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
Purchased CD version of Premier product. Software locked up when trying to enter W2 data. Spent 30 min on phone with customer support. Was told to uninstall and I would be provided a replacement version via download. Never happened. Product distributed from Amazon.com may be corrupt. Have used TTax for many years - no previous problem, but now very disappointed that one cannot even enter W2 info. Makes one less than comfortable with quality of the entire product.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied repeat user! January 16, 2013
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
I have been using TurboTax for several years--and have been completely satisfied. I prepare my own tax return, as well as the tax returns of my parents, siblings, offspring, nephews and nieces. I believe this is among the best available tax preparation products available for individual users. I use the version that includes rental property, and find the program very effective in addressing the special needs of my single rental property.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as a CPA if not better. December 24, 2012
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We have had rental properties since 2003 and I've used TTax every year except for once. The returns with TTax, although takes alot of time and detailed record keeping through the year, the results are just as good if not better as the year I used a CPA. $1,000 versus less than $100 is a no brainer.
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