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TurboTax Premier Federal + State + eFile 2008 [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Windows Vista, Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows 2000
3.3 out of 5 stars 179 customer reviews

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  • Everything you need to easily do your simple tax return--designed to help you make the most of your investments and rental property deductions, so you get the biggest tax refund possible
  • Gets your W-2 and 1099 data directly from over 100,000 participating employers and financial institutions; transfers info from last year's TurboTax return to this year's
  • Searches for more than 350 deductions, including mortgage interest, education, and medical expenses, to get you the biggest refund--guaranteed
  • Provides extra guidance for investment sales such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and employee stock plans
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Product Description

Product Description

Guides you step-by-step through investments and rental property.


TurboTax Premier guides taxpayers step-by-step through investment and rental property income. The software includes everything in TurboTax Deluxe, plus extra assistance for stocks, bonds and mutual funds. TurboTax Premier also includes tax-saving advice for 401(k)s and IRAs. TurboTax Premier makes it easy to report rental property income and maximize rental property deductions. Plus, it offers help for refinancing rental property.

Asks easy questions
We customize questions to your unique situation, import your info from last year, and put it all on the right tax forms for you. Click to enlarge.

Maximizes personal and business deductions
We search for more than 350 personal and self-employment deductions to get you the biggest tax refund possible--guaranteed. Click to enlarge.

Efile for a fast refund
Efile with direct deposit to get your refund in as few as 8 days. Federal efile included.

Helps You Get the Most from Your Investments

Exclusive--Imports Your Investment Info
Saves time by automatically importing your investment info directly from your financial institution.

Helps You Accurately Report Investment Sales
Walks you through reporting sales of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Automatically calculates capital gains/losses and keeps track of those that carry over to future tax returns.

Determines Your Cost Basis
Finds your accurate purchase price for stock sales, in three easy steps.

Helps with Employee Stock Plans
Guides you through reporting sales and automatically determines your correct basis for selling shares purchased at different times or different prices.

Speeds Up Multiple Investment Entry
Short-cut interview lets you quickly enter multiple investments and provides extra help and guidance if you need it.

401(k) Maximizer
Shows you how to increase your 401(k) contribution without decreasing your take-home pay.

Exclusive--Helps You Find Every Rental Deduction
Finds over 20 deductions for landlords, from travel to advertising to repairs to insurance.

Exclusive--Shows Your Best Rental Depreciation Method
Simplifies reporting rental property depreciation and shows which depreciation method will get you the biggest tax deduction.

Simplifies Reporting Multiple Properties
Short-cut interview speeds you through entering multiple rental properties and provides extra help and guidance if you need it.

Maximizes Refinancing Deductions
Guides you through deducting points, appraisal fees, recording costs, and more so you don't miss a single chance to save.

Handles Supplemental Partnership Expenses
Guides you through deducting your out-of-pocket partnership expenses.

Helps with New Rental Properties
Shows you step by step how to set up new rental properties.

Filing Multiple Returns? It's Easy with TurboTax
You can prepare and print unlimited federal and state returns and e-file up to five federal returns (per IRS guidelines) with TurboTax at no additional charge. You get all the features and benefits of TurboTax, like year-over-year transfer and audit support tools.

Federal e-filing is easy, fast and more accurate than paper filing and eliminates paperwork hassles. You'll receive IRS confirmation your return has been received and best of all, you'll get a faster refund—in as little as 8 days.* And you can start and work on as many returns as you like and still use all the tax planning features (scenario and alternative planning) you've come to value without having to pay extra.

*IRS typically estimates 8-15 days for efile with direct deposit.

Finds All the Deductions You Deserve

Maximizes Your Tax Deductions
Asks simple questions about your income, family situation and changes in your tax situation. Then, based on your answers, searches for more than 350 deductions to get you the biggest tax refundÑguaranteed.

Looks for Deduction Opportunities as You Go
Shows you which deductions you've taken. Which deductions you haven't. And tells you how to qualify for just about any deduction, so you don't miss any opportunities to save.

Gets You the Maximum Deduction for Donations
ItsDeductible (included) helps you accurately value items you donate to charity--no more guessing. Plus, it tracks other donations such as cash, mileage and stocks, to help you get every charitable deduction you're entitled to.

Improved--Handles Your Life Changes
Changed jobs? Got married? Bought a home? Had a baby? TurboTax guides you through common life changes, explains how the changes will impact your taxes, and tells you what you can deduct.

Helps with Medical Expenses
Does all the math and tells you if you qualify to deduct your medical expenses for maximum tax savings.

Helps You Reduce Audit Risk

New--Tracks Your Audit Risk
Audit Risk Meter checks your tax return for common audit triggers. Shows whether your risk is high or low. And provides tips to help you reduce your chance of an audit.

Includes Downloadable Audit Support Center
Gives you step-by-step guidance on everything you need to know and do if the IRS contacts you.

Alerts You to Audit Red Flags
Compares your deductions to national averages for your income bracket so you can quickly see if your deductions fall outside the norm and could possibly trigger an audit.

Also Available: Audit Defense
Provides full-service representation by a trained tax professional. You will never have to meet with the IRS, unless you want to.

Why TurboTax Premier is the easiest choice for you...

TurboTax Premier was designed to help you make the most of your investments and rental property deductions, so you get the 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.

Does the Hard Work for You

Asks Easy Questions, Tailored to You
Guides you step by step through your tax return and puts your answers on the right tax forms for you. Skips interview questions that don't apply to you, so you can finish your return faster.

Improved--Automatically Fills in W-2 and 1099 Info
Gets your W-2 and 1099 data directly from over 100,000 participating employers and financial institutions and automatically puts it in the right tax forms. A brief summary lets you review and edit downloaded information if necessary.

Transfers Last Year's Tax Info
No retyping necessary. Fills in information from your previous year's return to save time and increase accuracy. Shows you what you're importing and where it goes in your return. You can also import from other tax software including TaxACT and H&R Block's TaxCut.

Imports Your Financial Data
Imports information from your financial software (including Quicken, QuickBooks 2007 and higher, and Microsoft Money) so you can skip the cut and paste this year.

Provides Help and Advice When You Need It

Live Tax Answers
Get live answers online from TurboTax experts and other TurboTax users in our Live Community. Plus you'll have instant access to answers to commonly asked tax questions on every screen.

Straightforward Guidance & Advice
Find help on any tax topic from anywhere within TurboTax. Get plain-English explanations of specific tax areas and helpful examples when you need them.

New--Guide Me
Not sure how to answer a tax question? We'll guide you to the right answer, making your taxes even easier.

New--Explains Your Return
Shows you a summary of your return, including income, tax, credits and payments so you know your taxes are accurate. Provides recommendations to help you get an even bigger refund next year.

FREE Technical Support
Got a software question? No problem! Get answers from a TurboTax expert via e-mail, phone, or live chat.

Spots Errors and Shows How to Fix Them

Checks for Mistakes
Double-checks your return for errors, so you can be confident your taxes are done right.

Guaranteed Accurate Calculations
If you should get hit with an IRS or state penalty or interest due to a TurboTax calculation error, we'll pay you the penalty and interest.

Keeps You Up-to-Date with the Latest Tax Laws
With a single click you can check for updates each time you start to ensure your return includes the latest IRS and state tax forms. No more disruptions while you work on your return.

Get Your Refund Faster with Included Federal Efile

Improved--Shows Your Tax Refund in Real Time
Watch your refund add up as you complete your return. Our improved Dual Refund Monitor constantly displays and updates both your federal and state refunds (or taxes due) as you complete your federal return.

New--Federal Efile Included
Get your refund in as few as 8 days with efile and direct deposit. Five federal efiles are included with TurboTax at no extra charge. If you're a returning user, we'll automatically transfer your efile information from your previous year's return to save you even more time.

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
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  • ASIN: B001GL8USQ
  • Item model number: 408090
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 179 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,950 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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UPDATE: Intuit has tried to correct for this year's price-grab (as detailed below in my original post) by reversing themselves and including 5 free e-files and removing restrictions on the number of returns that can be created and printed with a single copy of TurboTax. For that, I am raising my rating to two stars. However, as smart consumers, we should note when they did this and infer what motivated them. During the period while the controversy of their restrictions and extra charges was raging, Intuit and its representatives did nothing but try to justify their position, but this did nothing but inflame their (former) customers more.

However, the controversy did catch the attention of Intuit TurboTax's primary competitor, the Tax Cut product from H&R Block, who then moved to take advantage by first pointing out that they did not raise their price this year (even when including e-file as TurboTax did) and were not restricting the number of returns that could be done with a single copy of TaxCut. Then, more importantly, decided to offer 5 free e-files with the TaxCut product.

Only then did Intuit realize that they were not going to sneak this price-grab by consumers, because if the two products were side by side and only one of them (TaxCut) was advertising 5 free e-files and no limits on printing, they were going to lose sales big time. They then reversed their decision and have now matched TaxCut's offer.

So what does that mean for us consumers? In one sense, it is a victory, because we are getting what we wanted in the first place: to pay a reasonable price for a product that we can use to meet our family's needs.
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I was shopping for TurboTax Premier 2008 and noticed a lot of negative reviews for a usually outstanding product. Based on negative reviews I read, people are upset with the price increase and license limits for 2008, not the quality of the software. I've been using tax preparation software for about 10 years and I've used both TurboTax and TaxCut. Although more expensive, I believe TurboTax is a better product than TaxCut and probably worth paying a little more (just a little). Not discouraged by the reviews, I shopped around Amazon.com and within minutes I found TurboTax Premier + State 2008 for less than $40 ($79.99 retail). The comparable product from TaxCut is $49.99 and I would recommend that to people preparing multiple returns. As much as I would like to send the message to Intuit by NOT buying their software this year, I don't feel like I'm being ripped off at all. In fact, I've been buying TurboTax products from online re-sellers for years at less than half the retail price. There are bargains out there if you're willing to spend a little time researching and comparing.

I'll keep using TurboTax as long as I can buy it from online re-sellers at reasonable prices. I'll switch to something else if my tax situation changes and I need to file multiple returns.

By the way... If you're looking for TurboTax Premier 2008 + State + E-File, I found it for $39.99 plus $3.99 s/h on Amazon.com from seller: "Arcadevideo".
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The major change in Turbo Tax this year is their HUGE increase in price. It is a hidden price increase. If you want to do your kids simple tax returns, you have to now pay for each one which is unlike ALL previous years!! When I contacted customer service to ask about the change, their answer was just a line trying to get you to believe they were saving you money. I have used Turbo Tax close to the beginning of the software development, but 2007 was my last. What a poor decision by what used to be a great company.
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12-23-08 Turbotax 2008 and Intuit received so many complaints and many were switching to TaxCut 2008 that they changed their policy of only one return per CD on December 16, 2008. All you have to do is update and you are fixed for unlimited returns and 5 free e-files.

It reminds of the time in 2003 that Intuit copy protected the software so well that no one could get it to load and many had to go buy TaxCut. I prefer TurboTax and have used both. Here is the recent update information that I do not see here on Amazon reviews.


I'm getting a "Preparing Additional Returns" screen for $9.95 when I try to start over
Updated: 12/16/2008
Article ID: 6651

You might be confused - or alarmed - when you come to the screen shown below.

This screen, which reflected the original pricing structure, was removed in an update released on December 16, 2008. TurboTax customers can now e-file up to five federal tax returns, the limit set by the IRS, and prepare and print unlimited returns at no additional cost.

To remove this screen, please download the latest update.


Happy Holidays!
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Be aware! Do you have children or parents that you have been filing returns for? The Intuit TurboTax 2008 license pricing is a dramatic change to your tax preparation expense!

With TurboTax 2007, I completed our return and a return for each of my three minor children. Preparation of up to five returns was included. This year, Intuit wants me to pay a significantly higher price for the first return and pay another $10 for each of my kids returns. You pay when you get to the printing phase, AFTER you have transferred and filled in all of that important information.

Intuit says they have included a federal e-file at no additional charge. If this is all true, what is the 60% price increase Intuit is asking me to pay this year going to do for me?

Even if all you do is your own return, can you believe, with that higher price, that a federal e-file is included at no extra charge?

I have been a TurboTax/MacInTax user for around 20 years but when e-filing has become something Intuit forces everyone to buy, even those who cannot or do not want to use it, it becomes clear that Intuit has lost its way.

Intuit lost a very dedicated customer today. My strong recommendation is that you consider H&R Block's Tax Cut before you decide which tax preparation product to purchase this year.
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