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TurboTax Online vs desktop version

When I saw that the web-based version of TurboTax Deluxe Federal was $30 (plus an additional $35 for State), I looked into it. I try to use web-based software in place of desktop software whenever possible.

I quickly found that while TurboTax Online may be a good deal for a person doing only their own taxes, it's a poor choice for a person doing multiple returns. According to the TurboTax Buyer's Guide and the TurboTax support article Each Online Tax Return Needs Unique ID and Password, you need a unique account for each Online return - and you have to pay the full price for each one. I contacted TurboTax Customer Service & Support to confirm this.

Since I'll be doing taxes for myself and my family members, I'll be sticking with the desktop version again this year. It will let me to create unlimited returns, and e-file (electronically file directly to the IRS) up to 5 federal returns, plus up to three state returns per federal return.


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