It's That Time of Year Again!
Tax season is stressful enough as it is, using the best online tax software will make the filing process as painless as possible.
To uncover the best online tax filing method, we read tons of reviews, testimonials and even chatted up our resident tax experts; after screening through every tax program known to man, we narrowed the contenders down to the top three. After personally testing the finalists, we’re convinced that Turbo Tax, when compared to the other finalists, H&R Block and TaxAct, is the all-time champion of tax preparation.
When considering overall design, user experience, and unique features, compared to other tax filing software, there’s no question TurboTax is the best option for filing your 2015 return this year. The online app is especially responsive and easy to use, even to the point of allowing the user to upload their W-2 directly by just taking a picture of it. The tablet and mobile apps are particularly polished; the user can seamlessly shift from one device to the other, allowing you to pick up right where you left off.
TurboTax has successfully made the usually daunting task of filing your taxes feel like an effortless, walk in the park, adding the piece of mind that comes with a refund check and the avoidance of a potential audit.
One of the notable features worth mentioning is the overall flow that helps you choose the software that is best designed to fit your needs, even if it happens to be the free version. For example, if you were to enter “single” when asked for marital status the software will guide you directly to the federal 1040EZ, the IRS's free option to file a return.
Following the completion of each step, even the little ones, TurboTax is prompted to provide instant gratification with an entire screen devoted to an enormous blue exclamation: “You’ve Done a Great Job So Far!” And when faced with the anguish of tax season, any encouragement is better than none (even if it’s from your software).
If you are looking for user friendliness, and you anticipate a modest amount of deductions, investment income, or business expenses, and you want the freedom of filing from your tablet or mobile phone, TurboTax is the way to go.