TurboTax Warning

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  1. Feb 11, 2015 #81 of 105
    jimmie57

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    A shortcut in Windows to increase or decrease the font size is :
    CTRL + to increase and CTRL - to decrease the size.
    It works on everything in Windows, at least all the programs I have used.
     
  2. Feb 11, 2015 #82 of 105
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    That does increase/decrease the font, but the words then don't wrap around and there is no slider bar to scroll the screen to the right.

    I've attached two snippets. Shows part of the screen as opened (normal.jpg) and then after I Ctrl + two times (increase 2.jpg). The only way to see the words that are now to the right is to reduce the view back to the original size. Additionally, when I save and exit and then later return, it opens with the original font size.
     

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  3. Feb 12, 2015 #83 of 105
    jimmie57

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    Yep, I have seen that in other programs. I still have not loaded mine.
    What is the resolution that you are running ? Do you have a wide screen or the old type ?
    I have the old type and I am running 1280 x 1024 resolution.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2015 #84 of 105
    trh

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    Firefox, Chrome and IE at least all wrap the text around if required. Or scroll bar on the bottom.

    Not at home right now so not sure of the resolution, but I have two wide screen displays, 22 and 24 inches.
     
  5. Feb 12, 2015 #85 of 105
    hdtvfan0001

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    We must be among the first to already have our refund using TurboTax. WOO HOO.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2015 #86 of 105
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    Try decreasing your screen resolution. In Windows 8, at least, it's as easy as right clicking on the desktop and selecting screen resolution. Of course this affects all your programs but it's easy to switch back when you want to.

    How big is your monitor? I have a 20-inch wide-screen monitor and the H&R Block type size at the recommended 1600 by 900 is just fine.

    I cannot find a preference within the Block program to change the text size.

    Bill
     
  7. Feb 12, 2015 #87 of 105
    trh

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    A 24" and 22". Both set to the recommended resolution. But I just lowered the 24" down to 1440x900 and that is much better. Just going to be a pain to change each time.

    I think TurboTax is a more 'polished' software package. They really messed up this year with the changes they made.
     
  8. Feb 21, 2015 #88 of 105
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    I just finished my 2014 federal and state tax returns with H&R Block this morning. It was a breeze. After over ten years of using TurboTax I found the Block program very easy to use. It imported all the information from last year's TurboTax return.

    I expect to use this program again next year.
     
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  9. Feb 22, 2015 #89 of 105
    armophob

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    Paid with a credit card discount coupon code and had no issues with Turbo tax.


    1 TURBOTAX ONLINE PREMIER TY2014 PREP $39.99
     
  10. Feb 22, 2015 #90 of 105
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    Turbo-Tax now upgrades you (free) to Premiere, if needed, and then states how sorry they are, from within the program...
     
  11. Feb 22, 2015 #91 of 105
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    H&R Block Deluxe plus state was $7 cheaper from Amazon. State and Fed taxes done in less than three hours. E-filed federal and will print and mail state. It's now listed at Amazon at $30.26. Perhaps I should have waited...
     
  12. Mar 1, 2015 #92 of 105
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  13. Mar 2, 2015 #93 of 105
    jimmie57

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    I finally loaded my H&R Block and used it. The only problem I had was installing it. This could be a personal problem, LOL. When it started spinning the disc a Windows window opened and asked what I wanted to do. I chose to run it. I got an error. The second time I tried it I did nothing and it did nothing.
    I opened the Windows Explorer and found the exe file and ran it. It installed, asked me for the code, then updated itself.

    It was just as easy as the Turbo Tax software. I had a couple of stock buys and 1 sale and it imported all that information. I also had an IRA and a Distribution. It imported all that information. I just manually entered the Interest for my 2 other accounts.

    Thanks a lot for the warning and I will be using H&R Block next year.

    Edit: Add: I just opened and reviewed the Turbo Tax from last year. It operates much slower than the H&R Block software.
     
  14. Mar 25, 2015 #94 of 105
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    I have used TaxAct for years and years. There is an online version that is free, or you can buy the Deluxe package, which includes one state return as well, for about $22.
     
  15. Mar 28, 2015 #95 of 105
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    Is the SW give you an option to send a return electronically?
     
  16. Mar 30, 2015 #96 of 105
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    Yes it does. One federal e-file is included in the price. You can file your state return electronically also (although I suppose it depends on whether your state accepts e-files), but that costs extra. You can have it deducted from your refund, if you are getting one. You can also have the price of the software deducted if you file through the web version. If you have a previous year's return, it will import it (even if it is from a different company, e.g. TurboTax), and save you the trouble of typing everything all in again (e.g. name, address, and employer from your W-2).
     
  17. Mar 31, 2015 #97 of 105
    P Smith

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    So, waiting for your answer I did pull a trigger and used TT online; it did cost me $99.98 (they are forced to add upgrade to Deluxe as my return was too complicate ( huh !) - two 1099-R and one 1099-INT forms, plus for CA $39.99 ) and both eFiled.

    Year ago I bought TT Deluxe from Costco ($60 or $70 ?) and paid for CA eFiling $20 - practically the same total amount. Yeah, it would be nice not to increase expenses, but I'm forced do that overseas, so the "fee" paid.
     
  18. Mar 31, 2015 #98 of 105
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    Back when I was a real cheapskate, I would use the free version of TaxAct to get to the point where they provide a PDF of my return for review, then print it out and mail it in, avoiding the fees altogether. That didn't store or import data from one year to the next, so I started buying it. I have never used TT or any other tax prep software, so I can't compare, but I find it pretty easy, so I see no reason to switch to a more expensive product.
     
  19. Apr 2, 2015 #99 of 105
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    Wow. Turbo Tax allows 5 Federal e-Files for free. You do have to pay for the State filing, though, unless you live in NY, which is then free. Since I live in NY, I obviously appreciate that. :)
     
  20. Apr 3, 2015 #100 of 105
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    That would be great if you were a paid tax preparer, but most people are probably happy filing just their own returns.

    It's sort of like the Blockbuster model for video rental, when they came on the scene.

    In the early days, the video rental industry was dominated by Mom-and-Pop stores that charged about $1 per rental per day. Then Blockbuster came along and said you could rent it for a whole week for $3. For some reason, people considered that a bargain, even though the minimum fee just went up by 200%.
     

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