H&R Block TaxCut Online Premium + State + E-file 2006
H&R Block TaxCut Online Premium + State + E-file 2006, the Web-based version of H&R Block's venerable tax-prep program, is a convenient alternative to its
It's too bad that TaxCut Online leaves out H&R Block's DeductionPro, a utility that ships with the desktop version and determines the fair market value of noncash charitable contributions. If you added this tool, the cost of TaxCut Online increases to $59.90, the same as TurboTax Online Deluxe, which gave us fewer hassles.
TaxCut works in many browsers, including Internet Explorer 6, Firefox 1, Netscape 7.2, and AOL 6 or newer when on Windows XP or 2000. Windows Vista users should have at least IE 7, Firefox 1.5, Netscape 8, or AOL 9. Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3 users will need Netscape 7.2, AOL for Mac OS X, or Firefox 1.5, and Mac OS X 10.4 users can run it on Safari 2.
TaxCut Online Premium largely mimics the new, green-and-gray tabbed interface of its desktop counterpart. The Take Me To button jumps to a menu of topics in the order you answer them. TaxCut offers a streamlined tax interview that fills in the tax forms behind the scenes. The online version reduces the number of clicks you make by combining two related interview segments onto one page. We also like that it transfers federal data into your state return. Big deal? It is when you're spending hours filing a complex return. As with competing Web-based solutions from Intuit TurboTax and 2nd Story Software TaxAct Online, TaxCut Online logs you off after several minutes of inactivity, which is a good security feature, particularly if you're doing your taxes at work.
Unlike 2nd Story Software's TaxAct Online, TaxCut Online's interface is free of ads. However, TaxCut does ask if you want other H&R Block properties to contact you about investments. We were glad that once we said no, TaxCut did not ask again, although it did pitch us for DeductionPro and TaxCut Online Signature.