H&R Block 2015 Basic Tax Software + Refund Bonus Offer - Windows Download

Platform : Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
4.0 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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  • Easily Import W2s, 1099s and last year's return from HR Block or TurboTax
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Product Description

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Guidance for all your personal tax situations. Federal forms. Step-by-step interviews guide youi through a customized experience relevant to your tax situation. Everything you need to prepare your federal taxes in one complete program.

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  • Supported OS: Windows 8 Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP
  • Additional Information: 170 MB;1024x768;SVGA color monitor

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Platform:PC Download
ASIN B01637RK6U
Release date November 13, 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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#46 in Software > Accounting & Finance > Tax Preparation
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I switched from TurboTax Basic to H&R Block Basic last year due to Intuit's second cheesy attempt to squeeze their customers for a ridiculous amount of money.

This year it looks like H&R Block Basic is about half the price of TurboTax Basic. Beautiful. I'm still waiting for some 1099's, but I've already started my taxes by importing my W-2. Easy. Looks exactly like last year and that went really well. So, I'm going to take the liberty to five star this now since last year's experience was an easy 5 stars.

How does this software compare to TurboTax? It's just as easy. It mostly works in the same way as TurboTax with small differences here and there. The interface is much snappier than the 2013 version of TurboTax - the last version of TurboTax I used.

If I may take a moment to bash Intuit (the makers of TurboTax): That company actively lobbies against making tax filing easy. Just Google "TurboTax Lobbies Lawmakers to Keep Tax Code Complicated" for an ABC News article on the subject.

I wouldn't have even of realized this if Intuit hadn't of tried to gouge customers last year. I have a lot of ill will towards Intuit now and I was previously a happy long time customer.
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I've used this software for over 10 years and still love it. It's easy to navigate and makes doing my taxes less tedious.
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This is no doubt some really great tax preparation software. Easily beats the competitors. I used Turbo-Tax for many years and was quite satisfied until their 2014 rip-off scam. (Anyone using Turbo-Tax in that year knows what I mean----it's a long story of how they deceived their loyal customers.) So now that I've made the switch to H&R Block software, I'll never go back to Turbo-Tax. I have completed and E-filed three of my 2015 returns so far (for my adult kids and my elderly mother) and I am very pleased. It's step-by-step instructions are solid. The program also auto-loads many fields from your previous years returns. GOOD JOB H&R Block!!
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I'm one of the former life-time TurboTax users who fled to H&R Block last year after TT changed their product structure to try to squeeze more money out of "middle of the road" tax complexity filers like me.

So this second year using H&R Block went well. Although, as last year, the program displays a few rough edges, easily worked around. For example, during this year's final Federal review, the program spotted an "error", which turned out to be the word "None" in a field completely unrelated to my tax situation. I had not supplied any data (let alone typed "None") in that part of the tax form. H&R Block would not let me proceed with the filing process until I had manually displayed the form, clicked the cursor into the field, and backspaced over the word "None". That is the kind of behavior that makes you wonder about their QA process.
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As I understand it each of the tax preparation software companies really just makes one software package, but then they selectively disable various components so that they can sell different versions at a range of price points. I go for Basic because it is the cheapest. I have wages, interest, dividends, capital gains, and some rental income, and HR Block Basic handles all these just fine. It can also rolls forward my personal data from the previous year's tax file, which saves quite a bit of time. Rather than paying up for a version that does state taxes, I find that after I've done my federal taxes I can do my state taxes pretty quickly with just a spreadsheet. My main reason for rating it 4 stars instead of 5 is that the interview process could be smoother: there are pages trying to sell upgrades, and then whole series of pages that I have to keep clicking through even though they don't apply to me. To be fair that's probably primarily the IRS's fault, but it still doesn't seem to be as seamless as I would hope for. Unless things change dramatically, I will use HR Block next year and probably for many years after that.
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Does the job I need it to do, fairly smoothly. The one thing that hasn't been great is that when you add an ad hoc itemized list to several boxes (e.g., for adding up some expenses), there isn't an easy way to get the list that corresponds to the particular box you're working on. Instead, you get a popup that might offer three Schedule C itemized lists, and you have to guess which one you want. (Years ago, I used some tax software -- maybe Canadian, though, and not US -- which did this right: it has a little paperclip icon near boxes that had lists associated with them, and when you clicked on the paperclip you got your lists.)
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I had to abandon doing my takes with this program this year when it turned out that it did not import from one of my financial institutions. Normally, I could just enter the amounts by hand but there were over 40 separate transactions from that one mutual fund and the chance of error was almost certain. I had to switch to the leading product which was supported by the brokerage.
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I've been using HR Block's software for the last several years and have never been disappointed. I have confidence in it after having a competitor's application come up with a much smaller return. Plus it imports everything from the previous year. I don't like that I have to pay for the privilege of getting my own money back from the government but this has continued to be the most painless option.
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