Rated 3 out of 5 by BobfromMD TurboTax 2014 tax year edition
Each level of TurboTax always supported all elements of the lower levels, plus some additional features. Now you seem to have tailored your structures to make the user select a particular level in advance, where the new selection may not support all forms that may have been relevant in former years.
I much prefer the former structure, and I would probably not choose TurboTax under the current structure, if I did not have my existing tax history saved in TurboTax records. Please return to the former more supportive levels structure.
March 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JDinMedina Small Business and Personal Taxes Done Right
The detail and accuracy of determining every possible deduction both for business and personal is remarkable. Calculations of course are absolutely accurate and the running total of just where your tax liability provides a constant monitor as you enter each income or expense. The review at the end of the process is great, especially telling how your return stacks up against all of the returns filed by tax payers.
This is the 6th year doing my business tax returns and my 21st year doing my personal taxes with TurboTax. It's the BEST!
April 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Upset415 I have been using Turbo Tax for many years - The printing options this year were horrible. I didn't like the printing options - I submit my return my mail and prefer to have it print what I needed directly - not having to go to a pdf file or print preview. I found it very confusing. Still not sure I got all the pages that I need to send to IRS. (This may be a deal breaker for me when it comes time to purchase tax software next year. I know if my husband had to do the taxes he would definitely be confused with the printing options.).
April 13, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by TheUsses Not Very Accessible
I normally use the web version of TurboTax. This is the first year I have used the software version and, while I appreciate that it is intuitive and helpful, it doesn't work with my screen reader.
I am visually impaired and use a program called ZoomText to magnify the screen and read text to me. The software version of TT doesn't allow me to read 90% of the text within the program, so I had to have someone else navigate while I provided the answers.
Unless this is fixed in future versions, I'll be switching back to the web version.
March 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Pancakewad K1 problem
Everything typically goes well, I have used Turbo Tax for many years. This year it got stuck on my K1s Federal. I got to the end and Turbo said Ieft one of my Ks blank and this needs to be fixed. I went back and double checked both of my Ks, they were fine, no blank spots anywhere. The message would not go away. Later I got stuck on a “worksheet” extension, there was no indication of where to go to fix the extension or what belonged to, I didn’t fill out any extension pages. No information about where to go to fix it was frustrating.
March 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by GMmmm Easy to follow. I itemize and questions and suggestions help very well. I do like specific instructions to go to review/update a part of the form.
Final printing of the required Washington County. Oregon Tri-met tax on self employed tax:
we need 2 forms. First prints to the page break and then prints "page two data" in the middle of the second from. Second form prints more (the rest of the data for the second report) in the middle of the second page. (must not expect two self-employed plus regular joint return) on the same return??)
April 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by 7GTHOM2 Overall Excellent, but there was one problem
The only issue was when you are recapturing the remainder of unamortized closing expenses at the sale of a rental property (and probably other property), the form asks for the sale price and cost basis of which there are none. This is very confusing and if you put in the sale price of the asset you double the gain. I worked it out with an extremely knowledgeable TurboTax technical representative, but that shouldn't have been required. This is the first year in probably 20 TurboTax hasn't gotten 5 stars from me and it was due to this.
April 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
by 1SelfEmployed Very good - could be better
Overall I am very satisfied and would never, ever do my taxes manually nor would I be likely to use any other tax prep software. I wish, however, that there was a place to enter the school taxes and the property taxes separately and that they would then calculate together as one line item. There are a couple other places where this is the case. The less manual addition that needs to be done outside of TT, the more accurate it will be. I also found this year's version a little harder to navigate than previous versions, due to all the "improvements."
May 13, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by cdilly Who designed this mess
I have to use an ip pin. I spent over an hour trying to find how to enter the pin numbers. When I finally accidentally found the place by searching the forms file, (it didn't show on a search, only looking down the list) then there is all kinds of confusing windows to pick through.
The normal work thru makes no mention of the ip pin, I thought I was ready to file, then had it rejected because of the No IP PIN. I tried to get numbers after rejection by IRS. No wait until we send one. They arrived before the date they set as their goal.
February 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by daler11 Random Thoughts
I've been using this program for as long as it has been around. Suddenly, it can't remember where I was when I left.
Also, it used to efile Federal and state without an additional charge, now it requires an additional 19.99 to efile your state tax return. I don't really understand that. To add salt to the wound, when in my federal return, it knows all my banking info (because it xferred from last years return) then when I get to the state filing it can't recall my banking info and I have to reenter it. Stuff like that is irritating. .
March 21, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Average3stars Did not get the maximum refund.
The system claimed that I owed $28 penalty because my estimated tax payments were not enough. However, I received a refund so my estimated payments were enough. Therefore, I did not receive my maximum refund.
I believe this was caused by the fact that the first time through, the system could not calculate the deduction for state income or state sales tax. At that point, the calculations stated that I owed over $400. When the State Sales Tax was finally filled in, and the system calculated the refund, it did not delete the $28 penalty.
March 26, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by jonpayer Falling down
Intuit products in general are performing poorly with the new Mac Yosemite. If you're not an experienced Turbo Tax user, this can be even more frustrating. Plus, Turbotax still doesn't give you a menu specifically to print and file your state return. They assume you will efile even if your state charges for this (a bad deal for the taxpayer). The overall link to Quicken is weak because of the Yosemite problems, and updates require that you install only by opening the application, not if you already have a file (like your return) open.
April 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by GrumpyTee Great for federal, less so for state
I've used Turbo Tax Home & Business for more than a decade; it has always worked well and I've never had a problem using the program or filing my taxes. It does a great job walking you through every step of the federal return process, with tutorials and help readily available.
That all comes to a screeching halt when its time to do the state return (mine is NJ). Dense questions are asked, the tutorials are gone, and the help screens offer little help. You are on your own if you can't think like a tax preparer when you get to this part.
March 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by 5thFret 2014 Vogel review
I have used Turbo Tax for 10 years or so, and found this year's
easier to use than in the past. I was able to make corrections
easily, and find tax information. In one event I had to call for
help and the Turbotax agent was friendly and helpful. I was unhappy that you took schedule C out of the standard edition and hope you will put it back. I also missed some of the tax
comparison data that you used to have at the end of the process. and the notations about tax audit $ possibilities. But the system worked well for me again. Thank you.
March 21, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by txcoyote Works great, but not all forms included with basic
I have used Turbo Tax for years. The step by step guide is great and easy to follow. I have never had any problems until this year. However, for some reason Turbo Tax decided to make a change to their program this year and I had to upgrade to home and business just for 1 form. The farm schedule used to be part of the basic program, now it's not. I had to pay double just to get what I needed. I am very disappointed. I hope they decide to go back and include it for next year. Otherwise, I will have to find another program for 2015 taxes.
April 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by VictorJB Good but still some uncertainties
I have been using TurboTax for many years and overall it has been far better than filling out papers by hand. Handling unemployment issues is not well spelled out as to how to characterize expenses for job search. Healthcare issue is extremely unclear as to how to handle the last page. TurboTax insists on filling out the form when Healthcare act staff tell you that you do not have to file the form, This is really confusing and it would help if TurboTax cleared it up instead of asking for a form that cannot and should not be filled out.
April 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by TTandme4Ever Simplied The Complicated
We Love Turbotax! Easy to Use, Auto populates previous information which I find beneficial. It handles all of our business and personal income tax needs seamlessly and with ease. I had to call Customer Service one time, and she was very helpful. With Turbotax, I am confident in the filing of our tax return. Did you know the IRS considers a 5th wheel a 2nd home and the loan interest is tax deductible? Turbotax did! The audit defense is reasonable and provides us with peace of mind. I will be a loyal customer for life! Thank you Turbotax
April 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by AlkiCoug Good Format for data entry.
Found Turbo Tax easy to use and the navigation for data entry was well organized. Having the data from last year's return was helpful.
Using direct data download from our financial institutions resulted in duplicate entries for all 1099 sections. I had to go in manually and delete the duplicate entries.
I entered tax exempt income from 2 1099 forms but the program would not add the totals. The printed copy of my return shows only the amount of one of the 1099s. What is strange is that last year the program had no problem in this area.
April 3, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by goldenbear65 Mostly good
Most of Turbotax is easy to use, has useful previous year comparisons to present year, good review of business depreciations. Really easy to go through 1099-B transactions. I have used Turbotax since it was called Macintax.
For the third year in a row, I was forced to file by mail (not e-file) because of a fatal flaw in Intuit software on K-1 worksheet, which asks for information that the issuer of K-1 does not provide. Intuit software folks really need to read all the chatter in the Intuit user community about problems with K-1 forms.
April 13, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by FrustratedMd Worst TurboTax User Experience in 15 years
I use TurboTax to prepare returns for myself and my family . only one member needed the "Business features". The interview forced all users to work through a meaningless large set of questions dealing with irrelevant business topics. There should be an easy way to declare that the return is non-business and skip all business related interview questions.
In the past, the forms I needed for my return were included in the Personal version of Turbo TAX - no so this year .... this change set the tone for the disappointing experience to come
April 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by dcw1950 Almost perfect
Ohio has a small business tax deduction that requires form SBD, which is not included in your program. As a result, I must file my Ohio taxes by paper mail, print out a copy of the SBD form myself from the Ohio Department of Taxation website, fill it out by hand, and mail it in with the return I printed from TurboTax. Because your program did not include the SBD last year, I did not know about it and now I must file a revision for 2013 taxes, and I can't do that through TurboTax, because you don't have it. Everything else was very good.
April 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by jrifkinma Polished
TurboTax is a very well-established program that has polished itself to a high gloss. I should also put in a good word for some excellent phone support I received.
Some kinks remain, however:
(1) It is difficult to pick up certain dialogues in the middle; one is often forced to retrace steps uselessly.
(2) Filing the state return (at least my state, which had to be done by mail) is counterintuitive and confusing -- even to the extent that when one tries to save the file (as advised) it comes up with the file name for one's federal 1040.
April 15, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by RodBraly Forced to upgrade
I've done my taxes on turbo tax since the beginning. This is the first year I've been forced to upgrade. I've always had access to the forms for a simple rental and small business...but this year, I was forced upgrade to premier....and then forced to upgrade again to home and business version. I shouldn't have to upgrade for something that's been included in previous versions. Besides being forced to upgrade, everything went pretty smooth. One issue is a 1099-S...Turbo Tax only gave the option to fill out a 1099-B, so I had to improvise
April 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Hankm00 TTax Home and Business Review
The end result was achieved. We finished and filed our taxes. This year seemed to be a bit more difficult to complete the process. Entries that I believed were completed such as on forms 1099-R ended up to be incomplete in the final review cycle. I hope that the numerical entries remained unchanged.
I was disappointed by Intuit for the price I paid for because Intuit did not offer all the features on lesser versions. I purchased my copy early and, as it turned out, paid a premium that Intuit eventually reduced the price for. Oh well !!!
March 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by cpe65 20+ years of TT
The federal income tax system has become 'over the top' for the average tax payer......thank you TT for sheltering me from this barrage of nomenclature that has no relativity in my world.
Your prompts, examples, and checks and balances are crucial to getting thru this burdensome task of taxes. #I never thought a Roth IRA could be so complicated, until I printed your rules and example--whew# Keep up the good work and maintain your current level of support and and representation for those of us who aren't #and don't want to be# accountants
April 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MicroMan66 Questionable, tiresome, and worrying.
The program itself is OK. It has changed over the years and does not seem as "friendly" as it used to be. It use to ask a lot more questions to determine what you need to do and how to file, what forms might be needed, or suggestions to change how you look at things and make the filing more targeted to what your situation needs to be. All of that seems to be gone. Because I have had to make all of this "unaided", I am no longer sure if I have done it all correctly, or if there was a way I could have done it better, and perhaps paid less.
April 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Doogster Pretty good but two caveats
I had a book self-published and was sent a 1099-Misc form from sales. Turbo Tax incorrectly forces you to generate a Schedule C as if this were a business when in fact it is a hobby and should have the option of entering under Miscellaneous Income (clearly stated in Turbo's own "read more" button). Also, I was never prompted to enter my health insurance premiums under medical expenses even though they are deductible in the amount exceeding 2% of AGI, which they do in my case. I had to pick the edit button under that category to enter it.
February 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrGoodbar50 Premium is great as usual
As usual Premium handles everything well for the variety of investment activity. What I did not like this year was having to upgrade to Home & Business to enter my wife's self-employed business numbers. Her business is self-employed cosmetologist. She has Gross Sales, Supplies, Rent, Insurance and Supplies only. In the past 7 years, I was able to enter her tax info in Premium. Now Intuit, forces you to upgrade from Premium to Home & Business to enter any business info. Well, she retired in 2014, so I'll put up with an upgrade for 1 year.
April 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LAS22 Multiple income sources made easy
2014 was a difficult year and the taxes were complicated. I was out of work for 3/4 of the year, on unemployment for 1/3rd of the year, had a on-call "self employed" position that yielded about 3 weeks of work that turned into a very brief casual staff position before finally landing a full time job in the last quarter. I also went to school part time for one semester to obtain a much needed skill for the job I landed. I was seriously dreading doing my taxes, but TurboTax made doing them straight forward and easy. Thank you TurboTax!!!!!
April 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sgatebiker Maximum refunds
Easy to use options. Either turbo tax will walk you through step by step or you can do and select everything on your own. Performs scans for errors and checks for audit likely hood. It will enter information automatically from previous years, if turbo tax was used, and go out to get information through the internet if available, like W2 or 1099. It would be nice if the scenarios it performs in the background could be seen to better understand for future years. Or have a what if scenarios available to understand affects on the bottom line.
March 1, 2015