That’s interesting about TaxAct, SmackFu. I agree it doesn’t make sense, but what the hey.
To me, having TurboTax on my computer (versus doing it online at fidelity.com for half price) is worth it, because all the info is there, in a convenient form, where I can always get my hands on it, as well as having the paper copies in my files.
And DMark, you’re right that even if I pay, the online services through the IRS link are still cheaper than Turbo. (And way cheaper than H&R Block or whoever, but for me, that’s not an option. I’m a former paid tax preparer; I’m not going to farm out my taxes to someone else anytime soon.) But for me, it comes down to a matter of trust.
I’m satisfied that Turbo’s asking me all the right questions and hitting all the little nuances that I would track down, which, given my background, was key. Now that it’s earned my trust on that score, I can oversee what it’s doing a bit more loosely. If I filed my taxes through another electronic service, I’d have to go back to going over their work with a fine-tooth comb. With Turbo, I don’t have to do that anymore.
That’s me personally, though, and if I wasn’t so persnickety, I’d probably give TaxAct a spin; my AGI’s definitely in their range. And I am glad to see that the IRS has made online tax filing free for most people, and really really cheap for everyone else who wants it. I think that’s a real step forward.