Typically around tax time, there are some good deals to be found on Turbotax, but not this year. Only discounts for other software that I don’t want. Looks like Intuit isn’t even trying to compete with Taxcut. In fact, the discounted price for Turbotax Online offered to Vanguard clients was increased recently from $19.45 to $32.45.
I finally tried TT online this year, and while the convenience of e-filing is a plus, I am finding a fault that is tough to overlook: I cannot import .TXF files. For versions of Quicken 2005 and later, this is not a big deal as the direct import into Turbotax works fine, but I am still using the 2001 Basic version. Fortunately, one is not charged for the online version until the return is printed or filed. I would prefer to preview my entire return before filing/paying, but I can certainly understand that this makes little sense for the vendor. One could simply copy the preview numbers to paper and submit manually without ever paying for the software. Given such a high quality product, I will gladly spend $38 for the desktop version.