Tax season is coming up. I started looking at my oh-so-fun-tax software purchase decision. (Why are our laws so complex that I have to buy a new version each year?)
Intuit did a great thing this year â€“ they simply sent out the install CD in the mail without my ever purchasing it (Intuit learns from AOL)! I put it into my computer and almost installed. But when I saw the price for TurboTax Deluxe 2009 Fed + State was $59.95, that seemed a little high. So I decided to look online, and it was a good thing I did!
I was pleasantly surprised to find Amazon carrying the exact same product (TurboTax Deluxe 2009 Federal + State) for only $46.54, with an electronic download. Thatâ€™s a quick $13 savings if I just install from the net instead of the CD they sent me. I almost bought that tooâ€¦
But then I thought I should check H&R Blockâ€™s TaxCut price. Iâ€™ve used TaxCut before and find it nearly identical to TurboTax. The H&R Block website sells TaxCut for a little less than TurboTax, at $44.95. Thatâ€™s not enough cheaper than Amazon to be significant. So, I decided to check Amazon again.
And wow! TaxCut Deluxe (Federal + State + eFile) is selling for only $23.75 if you download online! Clearly this is a winner â€“ less than half the cost of Intuit TurboTax.
As I wrote this, I bought and installed TaxCut. So far, so good.