Get TurboTax Home & Business 2010 for $63.16
Or, if you have simpler tax-prep needs, get the Deluxe version for $39.78. Both come with state preps and "free" Federal e-filing. But is there anything better?
Ugh, taxes. It's not that I mind paying them (though I'd like to have some control over how they're used--but that's a whole other discussion), it's the massive hassle of filing quarterly estimates and my annual return.
For the past several years I've been a TurboTax user, not necessarily because it's the best option out there (more on that in a minute), but because it imports my records from the previous year--making the whole process just a little bit easier. In other words, I'm too lazy to change.
Right about now is when I start shopping for the latest version, and at the moment, Amazon has the deal to beat: TurboTax Home & Business 2010 for $63.16. Note that this is the download version, so there's no shipping involved, and it comes with one state preparation and five Federal e-files.
That state preparation alone would run you around $28 if you had to purchase it separately, which you do with certain online versions of the software. (If you head directly to Intuit, for example, you can access the online version of TurboTax Home & Business 2010 for $56.20--but that doesn't include state prep.)
Not everybody needs the Home & Business version of the program. Indeed, most folks can probably get by with TurboTax Deluxe, which Amazon has for $39.78 (again with one state prep and five Federal e-files). That's about $10 less than the online version.
OK, your turn. Have you found a tax-prep program you like better than TurboTax? I know there are cheaper options out there, but I need something that can accommodate self-employed individuals like myself. This is one area where I'm pretty clueless, so I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!
Bonus deal: Ummm, remember that 1TB external hard drive I posted yesterday? Yeah, forget that. Today only, Newegg has the 2TB Seagate Expansion USB drive for $76.49 shipped (with coupon code EMCKHKG65). Wow. Just, wow. Guaranteed to sell out.