H&R Block Tax Software 2018 Review

H&R Block’s Tax Software offers a simple but thorough interface that is set up like an interview. The program asks you a series of questions to take you through the tax form. Each question will require either simple yes or no responses, or a checklist, and the software automatically populates the official tax form with your answers. The program is easy to use and makes completing your taxes much less daunting.

H&R Block Downloadable Software Options

H&R Block has four downloadable software selections. Each tier offers additional features suited for increasingly complex tax filings. All software comes with unlimited expert tax advice with H&R Block’s real-time chat.

H&R Block Basic Version

Price: $29.95

Uses: The Basic version is ideal for first-time filers, simple tax returns and homeowners. The catch: You don’t get a free state filing option, only federal is included. To include state filing, you’ll pay an additional $39.95 for software or $29.95 for an E-file.

Features: With guidance through more than 350 credits and deductions along with the capability to effortlessly import W-2s, 1099s and last year’s return, the Basic software is a solid option for beginners. Other features include the capability to import from TurboTax and Quicken software and track itemized deductions with Schedule A. You can also check your audit risk, as well as use up to five free federal e-files, plus unlimited federal preparation and printing.

H&R Block Deluxe Version

Price: $54.95 for federal and state; $34.95 for federal only

Uses: The Deluxe edition is ideal for homeowners, investors and others with complex tax needs.

Features: It has all of the Basic software’s functions, plus help with reporting income from investments, stock options, home sales and retirement. In addition, it works to maximize mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions and has a personal state download included.

H&R Block Premium Version

Price: $74.95 for federal and state

Uses: H&R Block’s Premium version is best for freelancers or contractors and for those who are self-employed or own rental property.

Features: The Premium edition has the workings of Deluxe software with additional tax calculators for a home sale, dividends, gifts and inheritances, as well as schedule C assistance to make the most of self-employment deductions.

H&R Block Premium & Business

Price: $89.95 for federal and state

Uses: Premium & Business is best for small-business owners looking for professional tax software.

Features: It contains all of Premium’s features along with assistance with preparing and filing returns for corporations, S corporations, partnerships, LLCs, estates, trusts and nonprofit endeavors. It also offers the ability to create payroll and employer forms, maximizing your benefits for vehicle deductions, depreciation and expenses. Additionally, it provides access to unlimited state business programs.

 

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