Software maker Intuit on Thursday said that as of Feb. 5, total sales of its tax filing software package, TurboTax, reached 5.9 million, up from 5.4 million a year ago. The increase was driven by sales of the online version of its software, which saw a 9 percent gain from a year ago. The total includes 607,000 packages that the company distributed for free under the Internal Revenue Service's. Direct sales of the software to consumers dropped 7 percent year over year.
Sales were sluggish until the first week of January, with the company reporting a 5 percent decline in year-over-year sales. Intuit is anticipating further growth in sales as it gets closer to the April 15 deadline for filing federal income taxes.