Rated 3 out of 5 by desertartist Good and bad
This year one thing was better. In the past, the portion of my small business income that was reported on a 1099 was not separated out on schedule C--always wanted to add it again, effectively doubling it. That did not happen this year. Unfortunately, I could not transfer the information from last year's return and had to enter it manually all over again, even though the last several years are supposedly stored on my computer. It also appears that we will be paying extra for doing the business forms in the future. I will be checking out other software and may jump ship.
March 31, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Wuggie Form 8824
Maybe you could put a better explanation of this in a
...a.....parable like say you had a old truck you traded in
for (whatever) and you bought a new truck for (whatever)
and if the old truck had so many miles on it the depreciation
would be this (I got stuck on the depreciation of old truck)
it had so many miles on it that it depreciated more that it
was worth...finally looked up about 5 irs forms and figured
out that i couldn't deduct more than it was worth but some
people might not go that extra step to research themselves
so maybe you could work on this section.....
April 6, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Rabatollah Clunky
General entry was not that bad.. the review though (Smart Check) was painful. Little things that it should pick up (e.g. if there was no $$ entered in a field, why does it throw errors and make you go and find the right screen so you can delete the line item?)
Also, something happened where my Fed return drastically dropped once I downloaded my State forms. Not sure what calculations happened on the back end, but I spent hours reviewing and finally just accepted that the amount of Fed taxes due drastically went up. Very buggy while I was trying to manually review this.
April 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by RickMes Excellent Product but losing confidence in Intuit
I've used Turbo Tax for as long as it's been on the market and felt I got an excellent product at a fair price. This year I bought my usual package and found that it didn't handle my tax situation any longer. I upgraded (fortunately free by the time I encountered this change# and then found my upgrade was not adequate requiring another upgrade #also free#. I don't know what to expect next year. In addition, notice that Turbo Tax is heavily discounted to the general public #such as in Costco) but automatic renewals pay the full price. Not the best way to generate loyalty.
March 11, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by dantheman101 NY e-file FAILS
NY e-file fails because-
I put in a blank 1099R as $0.00 & $0.00 tax, as a holding place for an investment that I took no RMD; as would be required because;
all RMD had been taken from the other location IRA investments.
I have taken more than the total RMD required for me,
from the other IRA investment.
Turbotax needs to clarify that only list 1099R that one has received. Do not use holding place to help determine ones investment names & RMD amounts.
TURBOTAX could add a RMD calculator like some web-sites have available to their investment clients.
March 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Macwolf Great Product
Turbo tax is easy to use just fill in the the questions and hit save. Outstanding product, have used it for years. What I didn't like this year was the healthcare part, seems unfair to get money taken away just because a member of your family is not working and cannot afford healthcare and there is no way to put it in the system as such. Causing you to have to pay a penalty, just because they live with you and your supporting them. However this is a great program to use and cost less than using any other tax service that charge you over $100.00 for them to do your taxes.
March 26, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by thanksokaynick tres confusing
When you make the 2015 Turbo Tax version, please include more clear instructions about health insurance esp. -- where to look to deduct self-employed health insur payments that are above the allowed amount that are deducted on business expenses. It took me forever to figure out what was what and what went where. Would it be so hard to lay it out somewhere fully right in Turbo Tax? I had to hunt around the rather amorphous discussions on the forum to glimpse an idea of what I needed to do. In the end, it wasn't hard, but it was hidden from sight pretty well in TT. Thanks.
April 15, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by NadineMaynard Turbo tax failings
The last 2 or 3 years I have saved a pdf file of my return--then the next year your program says it cannot find my return. No amount of twisting or turning permitted you to recognize your return to extract info for the new year.
A different program could extract all my info when I tried them--but you don't seem to be able to get info from your own pdf files!!
Also I want to save the whole file to a zip drive as a protective back-up, and you want me to save a pdf of the return, which is useless. You should permit the saving of the whole file to a zip drive as a back-up,
April 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by maggieb98 Easy to use, but you may have questions
Overall, this is a really good program that I've been using since 1998. It's the unusual, uncommon stuff, though, that continue to leave me researching for a clear answer, like anything having to do with pensions & annuities, but I don't blame Intuit for that -- I leave that on the IRS' front porch! TT has made my annual tax filings much easier -- and more inexpensive! -- than they would have been. The home business section is a breeze to go through #if you are prepared!# and the income & deductions sections are equally easy. I won't use anything else to prepare my taxes!
February 20, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Ani17 Less easy to use this year
I've been using Turbo Tax both online and installed versions for home and business for many years. This is the first year I struggled to find sections and navigate through entering my deductions. It felt like I had to go into sub-sub menus to get to the places where I enter information. Start, select, Edit, select, enter. It is far less easy to find where elements if I needed to go back into a section versus following the linear process.
Overall Turbo Tax is a great product for us, and we will remain loyal. Just keep the navigation clean if we need to go back and review.
February 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chris975 Great Tax Filing Software - Still the best
I have used turbo tax for many years and each current year's version is always improved and better than the prior year. The step by step function is excellent for the average person who is willing to spend a little bit of time working through the questions. The ability to download W-2 information and prior tax return information is definitely a plus and the explanations provided for the income and expense sections are clear and try to be as non technical as possible. The help function was very helpful for me this year in answering an atypical technical 1099 Misc question.
March 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by HarvA Mostly positive, a couple small annoyances
I've been using TurboTax for many, many years and it has always worked well for me; that's still the case.
My wife has a very small business and this year our kids earned a little money as contract employees. In the past we had always been able to use TurboTax Premier. This year (tax year 2014) we were forced to upgrade to TurboTax Home & Business; I was slightly annoyed by the surprise change.
Also, I never found where to enter IRA contributions in TurboTax' EasyStep process. I eventually made this entry by switching modes and entering data directly into the tax forms.
April 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by patemcl 2014 tax effort
Disappointed that I had to upgrade to home and business for the small amount of investment and consulting income which previously could be handled by deluxe.
The material brought forward from last year's return was very helpful although I had the same problem as last year with an entry that required a substitute form for foreign pension income. To get to the substitute form I had to delete the entry brought forward and then re-enter it from scratch.
I have foreign pension income and consulting fees from which foreign tax is deducted. TT does a good job of sorting this out.
March 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
��by Mars41 While TurboTax does a good job overall, I have a few criticisms:
1. My birth date is entered in the program but is not used in preparing its tips for the user: e.g.; TurboTax suggests that a user over 70 years of age could benefit from creating an IRA.
2. TurboTax always jumps back to the top of the page no matter how far down the page the user has had to scroll to complete a particular area of input to the program. This unnecessarily forces the user to scroll down the page again and again to get to the next item of concern. Very time consuming and extremely irritating!.
March 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by kcooley Much improved this year
Federal went well as it usually does. There were some lack of details with income from hobby, as to why expenses were broken out and didn't affect refund. Also, went a couple rounds with trying to put in tool costs for work, only to find out I made too much so it wasn't time well spent.
State, however, felt much improved. My voice concerns have been heard. It felt much less like following the state instructions, and much more helpful, especially importing all of the previously entered information, and giving useful overviews without having to reach each and every question.
March 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by SJLH Mostly outstanding; some hitches
Virtually everything is excellent. Two things I found extremely difficult, and in need of clearer workflows and explanations, were: 1) explaining and tracking IRAs, rollovers, IRA basis, etc; and 2) tracking the information needed to calculate AMT, especially the proportion of mortgage interest that's deductible. The software should allow one to enter refinance information directly, allocate it to eligible and ineligible portions, and then track it from year to year and use it to automatically calculate AMT. At present, one has to track and calculate this outside TurboTax.
March 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Grams49 Like Working with a Friend
My husband passed away in 2014 and we have always worked on our tax return as a team. I maintain all of the records and files and he inputs the information into Turbo Tax. I was always with him providing data but had never done the entire process from start to finish by myself. I was a bit intimidated when I started but found because I was prepared with the data that the input to Turbo Tax was not bad as I was walked through everything. I also used last years documents as a template when I didn't totally understand something. It was a great experience for a painful process.
February 21, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jime12345 High cost - Poor help
Turbo Tax offers free electronic filing but it only applies to the federal return, State filing is a cost of $25 or you print your return out and use the info to go to a site offering free state filing. Free filing should cover both federal and state returns.
TurboTax "help" is of little value. To get answers you must go to the IRS web site and dig it out yourself. I use Taxwise as a volunteer at the senior center. Both provide the right answer but Taxwise is easier to use. I will have my returned prepared there next year and will get tax preparation and filing at no cost!
March 25, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by InPA Still Not Happy With PA State Return process
If PA State Wages differ from FICA wages, the PA State Income Tax instructions say explicitly to fill out a PA W-2 RW (Reconciliation Worksheet), but Turbotax does NOT fill out the form. Last year, this caused a delay in my state refund. I tried everything this year to see if I could get the form to be filled out in Turbotax, but it didn't. I don't understand why the software is not implementing the State Tax requirements correctly. Now rather than e-file my state return via Turbotax, I have to print it out, manually fill out a PA W-2 RW, and snailmail my return to PA. Why?
April 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by kailuaTTaxuser gotta love TTax
long-time TTax user. absolutely love the product and the ease of use. easily finds all available deductions and multi-filing ability enables filing of all our taxes.
Cons: simply cannot understand why TTax broke up the new products of 2014 to make users have to purchase upgraded products to access forms, deductions, etc. that have been included in the same product for years. Users with no change in filing status or forms suddenly need to purchase an upgraded product? Actually made me consider another tax preparation software product for the first time in more than a decade.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by SWWhitted The Right Way
Would like a BUTTON that DELETES whole form if I decide to undo a selection instead of going through all the pages removing the info. I know I can go to FORMS and do this but it would be convenient (my opinion) if I could delete all info within a section with one click.
The software really is simple to use. I know you guys must be laying off programmers because there is nothing left to improve (until Congress and the IRS complicates it more).
I am considering your offer for Auto Renew because I buy it every year anyway and upgrade Quicken usually every third or fourth year.
April 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by kkcf Great Tool
I like constant update of the return amount (or owed). Helped a lot when we owned oil stocks that was a LLP. Helped when my old business partner caused me to be sued, yeah carry-over deductible. Helps when we have multiple sideline businesses going on such as when we both did some consulting. Now when I am involved in 2 antique sales booths, in different cities. Turbo Tax is smarter than any tax consultant I have used. Before I have to gather the data, tell then what to do with it, which did not guarantee that they did it. Now I just gather then enter and Turbo Tax helps me.
April 14, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by ChipDaigle Looking for other options after 15 years.
I needed to upgrade to home and business and next year it will probably not be free!!! Right??? Then you snag me for $60 as I am trying to get out the door (efiling.) You would think that would be part of the Deluxe. Hey I am not a millionaire!!! I am not even at $100K. Why cant Deluxe include a Form C for a small business and and Form E for Rental and Royalties??? And I have yet to figure how to link the 1099 Misc to the Form E without recording my income from those sources twice. Maybe you can have one of your young whippersnappers send me instructions on how to do this!!!
April 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Ihatetaxes77 Changed Versions??
For the last 8 years we have used Turbo Tax Deluxe Version. I have a home-based sales business and Deluxe always covered what we needed.
This year we bought Deluxe version and tried to enter tax info for home-based business and a screen popped up stating I need the Home & Business Addition. And that I can buy it now for only $40! I just paid $59.99 and now you want another $40 because you didn't let people know you changed the software. If I would have known this ahead of time, I could have purchased the Home & Business addition for the same price as the Deluxe at the store!
April 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by DPBinAPMI Don't Mess with a Great Product
I like TurboTax and have used the US and Canadian versions for most of the past 20 years. Great product and I've never had trouble getting help from Intuit or the user community.
HOWEVER, like many others, I was annoyed when Intuit tried to break out the small (home) business portion. They kept me onboard - this time! - by upgrading the software so I had the same functions as always.
IF INTUIT does not stick with the tried-and-true formula that has worked so well for me all these years, I am likely to switch to a different product... PLEASE keep the original configuration.
April 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BJFeldman01 Thx to Bonnie P. CPA, PTIN
Bonnie P. helped me determine the proper amount of my charitable carry-forward for 2014 as well as the trade-in of my SUV and the purchase of the new SUV. She also help correct the interest on my equity bank loan. After these were completed she had me go through the federal and state check lists to assure that there were no further errors needing correct (and, of course, there were not).
So, kudos to Bonnie and other people assisting me. It was unusually difficult because I use an Apple iMac not a Microsoft-based operating system to be able for Bonnie to view my 2014 return.
March 28, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by KosmoR I have been using Turbo Tax program for the past 10 years. In the past years, the Deluxe version allowed access to all the steps and forms, while the Premier version and the Home & Business version provided more detailed guidance on investment, rental property and business income and deduction. The 2014 Deluxe, however, will not allow access to reporting investment, rental property and business activities. But it provides a free upgrade for such access. It is somewhat confusing, but gets the job done. I am curious what the Deluxe version would be like with Turbo Tax for 2015.
March 28, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by mellx Not impressed with the version this year
I have always loved TT, but I was not real impressed with the version this year. I would suggest that you go back and look at the versions in past years and keep what works. I love it when its simple to use, offers great tax tips, easy for me to save and find my docs, and guides me through the processes (all of them).
It was hard to maneuver the documents up and down. It was more difficult to use. It encouraged saving in the cloud which I did not want to use. I had a hard time finding my document each time I went out of the system. It did not guide through all the processes.
April 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by retiredpostgal Good for the money
I have used TurboTax for 3 years now & it tends to be right on the money. This year I had a problem with the way it added up the refund. Iwas give an option on a deduction & when I tried several different options, the refund jumped all over the place but never went back to the original. I finally looked at the forms page & saw that each time I changed the option, another form was added, which added on to my final refund. If I hadn't caught that, the program didn't catch it, and I would have been in trouble. First time I've had a problem. Other than that I think it works great.
February 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by taxingcredits difficult to review step-by-step once covered
Turbo Tax is very user friendly, but if you have reviewed a topic and then have to go back to that topic it can be difficult. Multiple times my husband and I had to first find what we were looking for to review in the "forms" view, and then we could go to review that information in the "step-by-step" view. This was especially true in the state form. We tried to work through the tax credits for Private Schools section in Arizona and despite going over it multiple times I am still not sure we understand how state tax credits work, nor were we able to find this topic very easily.
March 27, 2015