But after that, TaxACT starts to lose some of its gloss. Once you get past some basic data entry, TaxACT moves to the world of IRS forms and manual data entry. It's not a death sentence, but it's not nearly as easy as working with either of the other two programs.
Overall, while TaxACT offers all the guarantees of both TurboTax and H&R Block, it doesn't provide the same level of comfort for less experienced tax filers. If you're used to filing taxes by hand--or you're not afraid of tax forms--TaxACT may be perfect. You won't spend nearly as much time on your taxes as you would with the other programs, but it's not for the faint of heart--if you're a cautious tax filer it's probably not for you.
$22 when filing, including state taxes. Downloadable applications only available for PC.
The best choice
However, this year's best pick is H&R Block--it will cost you less money overall and gives you the extra option of offering some of your bonus as a gift card. Plus, by offering the same features and functionality as the desktop application, it's guaranteed to help you get your taxes filed on time and without hassle.
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