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TurboTax Basic 2003

Platform : Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 95, Windows NT
2.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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  • Tax software guides users through IRS returns
  • Interview-based wizard system
  • Up-to-date with latest federal tax law
  • Checks math and audit flags
  • Very simple to use
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Product Description

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TurboTax Basic tax software guides you through your return step-by-step. It asks you simple questions that are personalized for your tax situation, and puts your answers on IRS-approved forms. TurboTax Basic is also up to date with all the latest tax law changes. The software does all the math; plus, your return is double-checked for accuracy, audit flags and overlooked deductions so you can have confidence in your return.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0000EI99J
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,599 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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By David Wilson on November 13, 2003
Format: CD-ROM
This is my sixth year using Quicken TurboTax and it will be my forth year using the state tax version. Intuit listened and dropped the product activation this year. I know that it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth but I'm glad they dropped it. Still, I can't imagine going back to pen and paper to do taxes. The program takes you step-by-step through the tax process by asking you questions about the various sections of the forms. It also prompts you to make you remember about things that may have slipped you mind, like other deductions. And, it makes suggestions for deductions that you may not have thought about. At the end of the process you can print out the forms for mailing in the traditional format or in a format that's easy for the IRS computers to read. In addition, you can opt to file electronicly. The help section IS very helpful. It actually makes sense of the rules and instructions for filing your taxes and explains the relevant sections of the tax code in easy to understand language. My one suggestion is that you have all your papers with you before you start the process. You can, of course, save your work and come back to finish or edit it, but it is a pain to be half way through and remember that your mortgage statement is two floors away.
I tried Taxcut last year because of the product activation on TurboTax. I had problems with it right off. It stated on the box that you could import TurboTax files but when I tried it wouldn't let me. The Taxcut web site suggested that this was a common problem and that you had to edit your TurboTax file (with TurboTax) to bring it down to a certain size. Still, it didn't tell you what that size was ok or really give you any idea on what to cut out. (I thought all of the our tax info was important).
My advice: TurboTax is still the best tax prep software. Don't do your taxes without it.
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By A Customer on January 6, 2004
Format: CD-ROM
it wouldn't import from ItsDeductible.
However, for $20.00, it does everything I ever need it to do. Their website is easy to follow (I've never needed it, though). The only reason to get the next model is if you want money advice. This one does forms, it's just too easy. It thinks of things you wouldn't have, etc, etc. What can I say, I've used this since 1998, tried TaxCut once and it was horrific! I just get my papers out and sit down and answer the questions. Woohoo!
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Format: CD-ROM
I have used TurboTax for years (except for last year, when I used TaxCut due to rumors that Intuit's installer program ended up leaving spyware on your computer). I am self-employed and use a home office, and TurboTax was always easy to use even with those added details in my tax return. HOWEVER, this year, the Basic version was NOT nearly as simple, straightforward or user-friendly as in the past. For the life of me, I couldn't get the "EasyStep" interview to take me directly to the section on entering home business expenses. I had to go at it backwards, which made the entire process more confusing. I spent hours longer doing my taxes than I ever did in the past. A friend of mine also had the same problem, so it wasn't just me. I have no idea what they did: I am wondering if they've cut down the features on the BASIC program so that those like me are forced to use the more expensive versions (which was never the case in the past -- the BASIC was just fine before). In any event, I most definitely will be less inclined to use TurboTax next year and will try and pore over reviews of other tax preparation products to get something more simple to use.
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By A Customer on February 27, 2004
Format: CD-ROM
After reading the reviews on this page and on TaxCut's page, I almost decided to go back and do the taxes by hand. Fortunately, I didn't do it and instead I bought TT Basic and thought I'll give it a try, before putting it down.
From the beginning, I have to say my taxes were pretty straightforward, except for the confusing Schedule D. Turbo Tax worked great, the questions were easy to understand, going back and undoing was very easy and your current calculations were always displayed in the top right corner.
Before starting, the program updated 29 files, which temporary freezed my PC (even at 384 MB RAM, running XP). However, the program didn't crash and after updating I was able to continue from where I left. Saving after a number of steps is also very useful, since the program will restart from this point on. I have not met the condition where you have to reconfirm some steps, but it may be because I saved by 'chapters'.
The only issue i found was one where the program would refuse to print, saying that it does not have the right fonts. A note on Intuit's site was saying to uninstall and reinstall the program until this is corrected. If that is true, then I can be an IT guy at any time ... Since it sounded really silly, I chose not to do it and instead I saved these files as pdfs, then printed them with no problems. Actually - one other issue here - the pennies are not displayed on those forms you print and I was not able to find a way to setup the page better, so that the full numbers enter on page.
One other interesting thing - the program runs without needing the CD in the CD driver. May be a good thing, if it would allow to instal it on multiple PCs, but I have not tried to do it.
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