Rated 3 out of 5 by taxyturvy TurboTax14
I have used the Turbo Tax program for decades. This year is the worst they have come out with,as I was forced to go with the business package instead of the deluxe that I have used for years. The packaging made it more difficult in the stores to tell which was which. The Deluxe that I am used to did not have the forms I needed so I had to pay double. If they keep this up, it'll be cheaper to go to an accountant,even though I understand much of the tax code. Many questions not answered as in the past. Very disappointing.
April 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by VicP Great but not complete.
I have income for the U.S. territory of Guam (I'm a CT resident). Therefore, I need to file IRS Form 5074 to allocate tax on that income back to Guam. Turbotax does not support Form 5074 and Turbotax help advised me to file my regular return without regard to Form 5074, then manually file an amended return to include Form 5074. Seems like this could be fixed easily. Otherwise, this is a great tool, if anything, the process is so easy that I sometimes need to step back to really understand the meaning of each transaction.
March 24, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Tetinus Finally finished
I have used TurboTax for at least ten years. This was the most difficult version to use. Navigation between forms/tutorial and between forms required more work than in the past. I kept getting lost. I have used the Basic version for most of my returns. This year I tried Premier since Basic apparently didn't meet my needs per Turbo Tax. I ended up getting upgraded at least two levels during preparation of the return. I also missed the year to year comparisons. In my opinion, you need to provide a more simplistic approach.
March 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kcpotpie We Always Pay but Turbo Tax makes it painless
We used to pay someone else to do our taxes every year then we always had to Pay the IRS on top of it. So I finally had enough and bought Turbo Tax. Best decision I ever made. First year was a bit brutal, only because we had a very complex return with Roth IRA's, a Rental Property, and a business etc. This is our third year and it definitely gets easier. Besides, we all need to start using our own brains and understanding the law's and Turbo tax helps teach us a thing or two. Thanks T. T. ;-) Loyal User from here on out.
April 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by tijkrohn Review Turbo Tax 2014
This is the first year that I can remember having to work through bugs in Turbo Tax. Schedule l-1 problems:
1) Partner has a foreign address. It cannot be entered using step by step.
2) Box 16 G didn't like my numbers. I had to delete the worksheet and go through the step by step again.
3) Box 11 A didn't remove the number in line 1 and last line when I unclicked the boxes. As I cycled back through Schedule k-1, these boxes were checked after I removed them in the previous cycle. I had to use forms to remove the numbers.
April 3, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by dhr4455 New Demands
Absolutely unfair to have to upgrade "once", much less "twice", on one tax return when I have never had trouble wit h the Deluxe version! I am very disappointed and probably will quit using this software. Never had any trouble with the IRS by using the Deluxe either, but this new software has nearly made me lose my mind! Nothing has changed in my tax returns by using the Deluxe in past years so why do I have to upgrade to versions that I do not need other than the Deluxe that I was used to? This new version really STINKS!
April 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BuckwoodsMaple filing made easy
Downloading and importing outside vendor information was very easy. More organizations need to make this available. I am still a little confused with the HSA, HSP, and the other venues employers use to get around some of the required health law data. Not everyone seems to be talking the same language. Turbo Tax does a good job of asking the right questions but that doesn't mean I am sure of what they are asking because of the different terms used out there. I am satisfied with Turbo Tax and plan to use it again next year.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MENC54 Way-to-go!
I have used this program for many years, first with help of a CPA friend but now able to "flying solo!" (pretty easy, even for someone with no fiscal background#
The biggest disappointments 1) when my computer crashed and I no longer had prior 2013 year's data to easily transfer to start 2015 and 2) when I found out the Deluxe version I had always used no longer fit my needs because the company had deleted certain forms/features right after I entered half my info but was able to easily upgrade #but at an additional fee!#
March 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by InaweofGod Even Easier than Last Year!
The experts at Turbo Tax confidently walk you through it all. Including the areas you're unsure of or want to learn more about and they make sure that all changes in tax laws are accounted for. There's no second-guessing or being left scratching your head. And, it's FAST. The peace of mind that Turbo Tax provides--along with a great education of the tax laws and what records I need to keep for the coming year, makes filing taxes a smooth and worry-free experience. And knowing it's done correctly each time = Peace of mind!
February 7, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by ChristopherM900 This is the first year of having a modest amount of royalty income so I was surprised that this forced me to upgrade to a small business package. Plus Turbo Tax informed me that this type of income is considered self-employed.
I wish there was some kind of detailed explanation on why I would need to be considered self-employed. I have this uncomfortable feeling that I was hosed on taxes this year and do not feel confident that I needed to be subjected to this.
Next tax year I will consider other options for doing taxes.
February 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nicknamewasused Used from day 1
TurboTax continues to improve every year. We've been using it since it was Macintax! Thanks for upgrading Deluxe to its traditional features. I especially like how the software now tells you it is updated at the very beginning and does not update when unnecessary.
The company does not fill your e-mail inbox with unnecessary junk. Thanks!
(to the TruboTax folks, there needs to be a bookmark box so if you want to review something (brain fade) you can jump back to where you left off without having to step through each item)
February 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by twa2014 Review of 2014 Tax return
I have used Turbo Tax Software for the past 5 years and have always found it to be easy to use, very detailed, had all the pertinent forms and questions to ask to get the most of the refunds, while still meeting the Internal Revenue rules and regulations. The Personal and small business program was exactly what you need if you have a small business. Try Turbo Tax the next time you file your taxes, you will find the program is as advertised and very easy to use. Just follow the questions and it will be accurate and correct.
February 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by mbongio My Refund
I alway's use Turbo Tax and have for years.I had a very hard time with the printing. Going through Adobie made it hard and after working with it I may try a different tax program. Using turbo tax really makes it easy and e-filing ws great. You don't have any forms to mail and you have it on the computer when you need it.The state was a little harder for me to delete forms that I didn't need this year but got through it.With this said I have had great success using Turbo Tax and I hope the program is fixed before next year.
February 24, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by shakre not as good as past years programs
had problems filing for extension , couldn't e-file it and wouldn't print out mailing instructions to extend (didn't have that problem last year! wasted a lot of time trying to do it and then seen where a lot of users were having the same problems no responses on how to fix it, ended up mailing it after researching were to send it! had to buy a more expensive program than last year, not as user friendly as past programs. hate to switch as i have used turbo tax for many years but.... hopefully they will address these issues
April 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Hat3tax3s Turbo Tax
Overall, Turbo Tax is a wonderful application! My dislike for the application comes from the additional fees that are charged for using a credit card to pay your taxes or other fees and the fee charged to file state returns. Twenty dollars to file state returns is ridiculous and a 2.49% fee to use a credit card to pay your taxes, etc., is crazy! I understand the cost of doing business, but I think there has to be a better way to perform these very beneficial functions without the additional fees to the consumer.
February 15, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by atan Have been using TT Deluxe for more than 10 years, This year suddenly noticed I cannot do my usual filing unless I upgrade to Home and Business. Glad the CEO finally backtrack and allowed for free upgarde to the higher version. It's still a big hassle to try to upgrade to Premiere and finally to the Home and business version since the automatic in program upgrade did not work on my computer.
Don't know if next year I have to buy a higher version or not but thinking seriously to switch to another program if that is the case.
April 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Limetree Day Early
After 5 years of TurboTax, I feel the presentation has improved and the wording chosen is clearer and more conversational in tone. Some more dialog on difficult topics such as farming, energy savings, earned income credit and alternate minimum tax would be helpful. Generally, I found the "help' screens to be below par, as they were either vague or off the point which interrupted the computational progress.
Would it be too difficult to hot link to paragraphs in he 1040 instructions that apply to a given section of TurboTax?.
April 14, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by tina12 Not very intuitive or transparent
It's not very clear how the calculations are done until after you've completed entering your information and save a copy of the return and the corresponding worksheets, which I don't like. This is especially true in calculating your tax expense. Also, once you enter your information, it's not easy to find where you need to go for an update. For example, if you filled out information for a 1098-T but want to edit, going to the tuition and education section and clicking update won't get you immediately to the screen you need.
April 14, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by bouldinw Some not good "improvements"
It is good software for getting return completed, but for some reason there were many instances where I was not certain it transferred data from my 2013 return. This made it confusing at times. Then the whole debacle of moving simple Schedule C activity to another higher priced software was annoying, as is the high cost of additional state software ($49.99 same as basic Deluxe package with 1 state, and the high price for filing state returns ($24.99 ea). Might as well hire someone to do it all for me. May not use in future.
April 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by USMCSgtE5 As usual great product
This is the eighth year that I have used Turbo Tax and have always been impressed with the ease of use and the accuracy of the product. In eight years I have not had any kickbacks or problems. I am a retired CPA and while employed as a CPA I have used various products available to CPA tax preparers (not Turbo Tax) during tax seasons. I have found Turbo Tax to be very easy to use by any non-professional individuals. It has the answers needed for at least 95% of individuals filing tax returns. I would highly recommend its use.
February 10, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by 2963 Nice Refund
Im a tax practitioner and have bveen for the last 33 yrs. and I've used Pro Series and so getting used to a new system as Turbo is a real shocker for me, but am seriously thinking of switching to Turbo Tax either next year or the next, if I can get used to your slower way of imputing data. Other than the slowness of your system, I like it okay. Got the same results with my ProSeries and Turbo. I would also like to see a Print Option so that I can choose which forms NOT to print for all returns; saves a lot on paper and time.
February 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by David2TT TurboTax Review (April, 2015)
I've used TurboTax for a few years now and overall I'm very pleased with it. For the most part,TT is good at explaining obscure tax language in terms I can understand. My only suggestion is to expand this good feature a bit. There were times (specifically, doing my state K1s) when TT presented puzzling instructions -- probably directly from the state forms -- without explaining what they mean. I know such explanations are hard to include for all forms for all 50 states, but that's where I think there is room for improvement.
April 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by CarrieP23 Easy Peasy
I have used TurboTax for years - and I've never wanted to file by mail until this year. I have never had an issue with TurboTax, it is my go to software for taxes - but the file by mail option was not there for me. The only option was efile and efile later - what happened to file by mail. Even the help option told you to select file by mail. Ugh - super frustrating. The only way I could figure out how to print my state tax to mail it in was to go through the motions of efiling, and then just cancel before actually submitting.
March 14, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by jjcalva Small Business and CA return
While the federal return is great the state instructions are not very good. Make sure you don't make the same mistake I did on your CA LLC return form 568. The wizard should ask you about line 6 Amount paid with form FTB 3537 and 2014 form FTB 3522 and form FTB 3536. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I
It should actually pull this information from your prior return and ask you to verify it. Otherwise you end up over paying your LLC fees and the state of CA is not good about making sure you get your refund for it.
April 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by TaxTurner Good but frustrating
I have used turbo tax for many years, and I have always been very impressed with its user interface and usability. This time was no exception for many areas, but overall I found it more confusing than in the past and there were numerous areas where things were unclear. Specifically, there were numerous areas where numbers were referenced without adequate descriptions or source locations. There were also several situations where questions were asked without complete descriptions or context to make answering the questions easy.
April 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Airtraveler Turbo Tax through the years
Have used Turbo Tax since the second year it came out. It has gotten easier to use and I like being able to see the "running tax" amount on the top. Had trouble the last few years with oil royalties we inherited because the program seem to want to make it a business -- which it is not, just small (very) checks we get from time-to-time for a very small interest. Working though the home office questions is well laid out. Like the ability to save a PDF so tax forms may be reviewed when needed and the software is off the computer.
February 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by sorrynicknameta What Happened?
I have been a loyal Turbo Tax used for over 20 years, however this is my last year. I was shocked by the surprise in app purchase required to have the same functionality I have been using in the deluxe version for years. I only continued to use the product after being offered a free upgrade when I called to return it. Then I got another surprise when I went to electronically file my state tax only to find a 66% increase in filing fee. Tried Blocks tax software ( offered free to unhappy TT users) and found it to be comparable .
March 24, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by IslandWorkMom Always reliable!
I depend on Turbo Tax to prepare our taxes every year. We are a middle class working family with regular W-2 income, mutual funds, rental income and small business income. In 2015, I used TurboTax Home and Business. The most helpful feature is transferring information from the previous year to present. The only thing I would want to improve is being able to edit names of charities when making typographical error, and not transferring supporting detail. Other than that, Turbo Tax is great, especially for a busy, working mother!
March 29, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Steveanonymous Worked as expected
There were really only two issues with the software:
1) Upon opening the software, an update was needed. After the update, the software said it would open. But nothing happened. I had to start it manually from my Windows menu. This happened twice following an update.
2) It seemed to me it was difficult to jump around to different parts of my return. If I wanted to look back at something (e.g., check income, or deductions, etc.), it was easier to just wade back through the Q&A process. I would have preferred a more direct jump.
April 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by UncleChunk Better than Other Years
I started my new business in 2014 and was unsure what business expenses were legitimate and what were not. The Home and Business version was easy to step through, thorough, and educational with respect to allowable business expenses. Especially reassuring was the color coded risk of audit panel. This version of Turbo Tax not only helped me minimize my taxes but also allowed me to sleep better knowing that my risk of audit was acceptable. And now I have a much better handle on what business expenses to watch in 2015 and beyond.
April 6, 2015