TurboTax Basic 2003
- 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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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We received this package & all worked accordingly. The bucket trip sailed safely after that!!Published 20 months ago by Joyce Broils
I am using Turbo Tax since 2000. it's simple and easy to file the Tax.Published on October 22, 2010 by CMatt
This was the year that taxes became a nightmare, and Turbo Tax cost me a bundle. The calculations were highly inaccurate and I ended up having to refile my taxes, after recomputing... Read morePublished on November 29, 2008 by Alyssa A. Lappen
TurboTax may or may not be a good product; I was never able to successfully download it!
Unfortunately I needed it the day I purchased it, and the "Help" offered by the... Read more
I didn't have a problem using TurboTax last year (even with the software activation) so I used it again this year. Read morePublished on June 20, 2004 by E
Okay, the download process was a nightmare as described by my earlier review. However, three hours later I have a very comprehensive itemized return, which would have been way too... Read morePublished on April 13, 2004 by Chillable
After 20 or 30 attempts to run the V-box installer program after dowloading it from the Amazon digital library, I was just about to request a refund when my boyfriend starting... Read morePublished on April 13, 2004 by Chillable
When it imported my information from 2002 it also picked up internet connection data that is no longer valid. Since then I have gone to broadband with a new ISP. Read morePublished on April 9, 2004 by Kindle Customer
I've never used tax software before. While it has some advantages, there are sufficient traps,confusions and incompletions to make this a potentially hazardous undertaking. Read morePublished on April 5, 2004 by Janet Bird