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4.8 Stars 4.8 / 5 stars based on 26 Reviews

TaxAct offers the least expensive tax return software compared to their competitors: ranging from 46% cheaper than TurboTax to 69% cheaper than TaxBrain. While the cheapest software usually means less features, that's not the case with TaxAct. While the design might not be as nice as TurboTax's, the navigation is just as intuitive and easy to use.

TurboTax Pros Straight-forward interview process makes it perfect for novice users
TurboTax Pros This year's tax information will be stored for easy comparing to next years
TurboTax Pros Free to prepare and e-file your federal income tax return
TurboTax Pros 100% accuracy guarantee or TaxAct pays the penalty & interest
TurboTax Pros Electronic refund transfer payment option allows you to pay later via tax refund
TurboTax Pros Free product support via phone, email or FAQ section

TurboTax Cons The software design is not as nice as TurboTax
TurboTax Cons Must upgrade to TaxAct Deluxe to have your tax questions answered via phone
TurboTax Cons To import W-2 and 1099 forms, you will need to upgrade to TaxAct Deluxe
TurboTax Cons You may encounter slow loading pages via peak tax season
TurboTax Cons

Guided interview text does not have term definition hyperlinks like competitors

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Number 1 Tax Act
4.8 Stars 26 Reviews
E-file: FREE
Federal: FREE
State: $14.99
Total: $14.99
Product Support: Phone, email & FAQ section
Tax Help:

- Email (free)
- FAQs (free)

- Phone (with upgrade)

Features: - Guided interview
- Import W-2 & 1099 forms
- Error check alerts
- Deduction finder
- Refund meter
- Received by IRS notice
- Direct deposit refund

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