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Vista 64-bit download & install just fine. SW OK.
on February 28, 2010
Some reviews reported problems with Vista, but I was able to download and install on my 64-bit Vista system quickly and easily.
The program itself looks much like other years, though it's definitely got a somewhat cleaner look. I've been using TaxCut for almost 10 years now and I prefer it over TurboTax (which I used only once before switching to TaxCut). That said, in prior years, the software is just OK. There are numerous little bugs that they never fix. For instance, if you use select an itemized list to detail a list of numbers, the program gets completely confused as to which list goes with which entry. This used to work fine, but was a new bug that showed up about 3 years ago. Of course, it's still there.
The biggest problem I've found is in the State program for Massachusetts. The program sometimes incorrectly computes line 5 of the Massachusetts CB Credit form, which will most likely reduce or eliminate this credit, which is important for seniors.
Basically, if you exclude any pension income on Form 1 (usually because it's an IRA distribution that you previously payed MA tax on), you're supposed to report the excluded income on line 5. TaxCut seems to be based on an old worksheet and it sometimes sticks a completely irrelevant number on this line, which is way too large. Thus, your income is too high and your credit is eliminated. If Taxcut shows your line 5 as zero, you're fine; if it shows some other value, you'll most likely need to override it with whatever amount you excluded on Form 1.
TaxCut actually asks you for this amount during the interview for Form 1 -- it's completely stupid that it gets this wrong. The bug has been present ever since TaxCut added the CB form a few years ago; I reported it then, but they haven't fixed it.
But, despite all that, the program is worth the money to me, as these are relatively minor issues (except the MA CB bug) that are easy enough to work around. I wouldn't want to go back to doing them manually, and my sense is that this program is still better than TurboTax. Hence, 3 stars.
Note that one reviewer reported that the SW is actually DeductionPro and not TaxCut, but this is incorrect. The product actually includes both of these programs. DeductionPro has been around for awhile, but the one time I looked at it (when it was given away free), it was worthless. After downloading, you'll have two setup files, one for TaxCut and one for DeductionPro; you simply need to execute the TaxCut setup program to install the TaxCut product.