File Taxes: Tax Software Comparisons

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Finding the right software to file taxes online can be a daunting task. We’ve reviewed the top tax software based on many factors including ease of use, feature set for various tax situations, installation and setup, pricing, and customer support.

The chart below compares many of the features of each eFile tax solution. To find the right software to file taxes for your particular tax situation, please be sure to read our in depth editors’ reviews of tax software. If you’re looking for tax advice or tax help for your business or personal taxes, please see our list of common tax questions with answers!

TurboTax
H&R Block
TaxAct
Our Rank
TurboTax: Gold Ranking
TaxCut: Silver Ranking
TaxAct: Bronze Ranking
Our Reviews
TurboTax Review
H&R Block Taxcut Review
CompleteTax Review
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Federal + State eFile (lowest price)
$27.95
$27.95
$14.95
Federal eFile
Free
Free
Free
Overall Rating
Ratings
Intuitive Navigation
Novice Friendly
Ease of Setup
Feature Set
Help
General Tax Filing Software Features
 
TurboTax
H&R Block
TaxAct
Box / Download Version Available
yes
yes
Error Checks or Alerts
yes
Tax Data Import
yes
yes
yes
Refund Owe Meter
Guided Interview Interface
yes
yes
yes
Final Tax Review
IRS Publication Library
yes
yes
yes
Tax Planner
yes
yes
yes
Audit Defense
yes
yes
National Averages Comparison
yes
yes
yes
Online Updates
yes
yes
yes
Year-to-Year Dedu. Comp.
yes
Joint vs. Seperate Filing
eFile Features
 
TurboTax
H&R Block
TaxAct
Mulitple Tax Return Prep.
yes
yes
Electronic Filing of Tax Return
yes
yes
yes
Received by IRS Acknowledgement
yes
yes
yes
Tax Return Status Check
yes
yes
yes
Ability to Deduct eFile Fee from Refund
yes
yes
yes
Direct Deposit Refund
yes
yes
yes
Tax Filing Assistance
Tax Consultant Available
yes
yes
yes
Small Business
yes
yes
yes
Retirement Planning
yes
yes
yes
Home Ownership/Rental
yes
yes
yes
Investment
yes
yes
yes
Family Tax Strategy
yes
yes
yes
Product Details
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TurboTax
H&R Block
TaxAct