TaxACT Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

TaxACT

Tax Preparation Software, File Taxes Online, Free E-filing

3.8/5 (4 reviews)

TaxACT Overview

TaxACT Software and Over-the-Web Services:

TaxACT is available in both software and Web-based versions and offers users two ways to enter data: the interview format, or the forms-based entry method. TaxACT also provides its users a highly reliable and robust alerts system to prevent costly mistakes generally caused by omissions or missed opportunities to maximize deductions. Regardless of the TaxACT version and / or platform, all forms are IRS and State approved.

TaxACT Online Free Federal Edition and Free Federal Edition software for Windows contain the most common forms, schedules and worksheets that enable everyone to prepare, print, and e-file their federal tax return for free. No gimmicks, no stipulations and no surprises. TaxACT State Editions are available for all income-taxing states for just $14.99 each — one of the lowest priced state returns.

For the do-it-yourself tax preparer who wants extra advice and additional tax tools, TaxACT is available in a Deluxe Edition (download) for just $12.99 and includes ONE (1) free federal e-file - a $7.95 value in itself. TaxACT Online Deluxe is $12.99 and includes ONE (1) free federal e-file. Plus, TaxACT State Editions are available for all income-taxing states.

Pricing

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United States

Supported Languages

English

TaxACT Reviews

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Affordable but doesn’t offer as many extra features as its competitors

Used Monthly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 19.04.2018
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Pros

TaxAct software is comparatively easy to use, with pricing that compares well with most of the other available software. Unlike Turbo Tax and H&R Block, it can’t import W-2 automatically due to which it takes time to file the return.

Tax Act is relatively less expensive. The interface is simple and navigation is relatively easy. Tax Act allows you to import a previous year’s return, which saves some time as individual do not have to enter all your personal information. It also allows you to pay your filing fee with your refund.
Review and alerts are also available in this software before finalizing of returns.

Cons

The lack of a W-2 import is disappointing. Being able to upload your income information saves time and prevents errors from manual entry. It also lacks good customer support.

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Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

6.0/10

Easy to use, price just went up.

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 05.03.2018
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Pros

It's easy to use. Customer support is very helpful. Once you gather all your tax papers, the app leads you with questions to fill out your tax forms easily.

Cons

Time spent waiting for customer support is sometimes up to an hour. They just raised the price for the state returns .

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Likelihood to recommend

5.0/10

Reviewed on 24.07.2016
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Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Not impressed

Used Monthly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 28.09.2016
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Used id for personal and small business. Had problem electronically submitting to IRS. In fact, the TaxAct indicated that it was submitted, but later I got the request from IRS to submit it by paper.

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Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

2.0/10

TaxACT Pricing

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Freemium
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Free Federal Edition Deluxe for $12.99 Start for Free Free Edition + State for $17.99 Deluxe + State for $17.99 Ultimate Bundle Deluxe (Federal) + State: $17.99 Over the web $21.99 Download or CD $28.99 Download or CD Home and Business Bundles: 1065 Bundle for $59.99 1120S Bundle for $59.99 1120 Bundle for $59.99

TaxACT Features

  • Create a LegalACT last will and testament
  • Data Archive Service
  • FAFSA Assistance
  • Interactive Dependents Tax Assistant
  • Loan & Savings Calculators
  • Multiple refund options
  • On-the-go status of e-filed returns, IRS refund, and more
  • PDF import
  • PayPower™ for direct deposit of refunds
  • Personalized form view
  • Stock Assistant for quick summaries
  • Tax Glossary of 300 tax terms
  • TaxACT Bookmarks
  • TaxACT DocVault™ for saving images

TaxACT Benefits

- Free Version

It's true! FREE to prepare, FREE to print, FREE to e-file - no income or age restrictions. Get the fastest tax refund possible with free e-file. Handles simple AND complex tax returns — supports 1040, 1040A, & 1040EZ, and includes all e-fileable IRS forms to handle all filing statuses & life situations.

Finds all credits & deductions for the biggest refund

Boost your tax savings with Credit, Deduction, and Income Examiners. Get the biggest refund guaranteed with TaxACT's Maximum Refund Pledge. See how changes affect your refund after every step of TaxACT's easy interview process.

All the free help & support you need, when you need it

Never get stumped by a tax question. The enhanced TaxACT Answer Center gives you personalized, free help. Search for the fastest answers and video tutorials, or contact technical and TaxPayer Support specialists by email for free. Receive help via phone for a one-time fee of $7.99 for the entire 2013 tax year.

- Deluxe for $12.99

Turn 1,300+ commonly donated items into huge savings

Put more cash in your wallet! Donation Assistant® tracks your charitable donations and provides audit-backed values - eliminating guess work. View Donation Assistant in action.

ENHANCED! Learn how life changes impact your taxes

Redesigned to be even easier to understand major tax implications, New content in TaxACT Life Events will help you get the biggest income tax deductions possible with personalized life tips that appear as you complete your return.

Multiple import options save time & reduce errors

TaxACT Import transfers vital personal data from last year's tax return, including AGI/PIN and others required to match IRS records in order to e-file. Other imports include Stock Import, W-2 Import and Schedule K-1 Import.

- Free Edition + State for $17.99

Finish your state tax return fast and easy

All of your federal tax information automatically transfers to your state tax return. Simply start your federal return with either TaxACT Online Free Edition or TaxACT Online Deluxe, answer a few state specific questions, and you'll have your state taxes done in minutes.

All the free help & support you need, when you need it

Never get stumped by a tax question. The TaxACT Answer Center gives you personalized, free help. Search for the fastest answers and video tutorials, or contact technical and TaxPayer Support specialists by email for free. Receive help via phone for a one-time fee of $7.99 for the entire 2013 tax year.

Free state e-file for a faster refund

The fastest way to get your state refund is included at no additional cost. Available for all 42 income-taxing states that accept e-filed returns. When you e-file, you'll get an acknowledgement from the state as proof that your return has been filed.

TaxACT FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for TaxACT.

Q. What type of pricing plans does TaxACT offer?

TaxACT offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Freemium

Free Trial: Available

Free Federal Edition

Deluxe for $12.99
Start for Free

Free Edition + State for $17.99

Deluxe + State for $17.99

Ultimate Bundle Deluxe (Federal) + State:

$17.99 Over the web
$21.99 Download or CD
$28.99 Download or CD

Home and Business Bundles:

1065 Bundle for $59.99
1120S Bundle for $59.99
1120 Bundle for $59.99

Q. What are the main features of TaxACT?

TaxACT offers the following features:

  • Create a LegalACT last will and testament
  • Data Archive Service
  • FAFSA Assistance
  • Interactive Dependents Tax Assistant
  • Loan & Savings Calculators
  • Multiple refund options
  • On-the-go status of e-filed returns, IRS refund, and more
  • PDF import
  • PayPower™ for direct deposit of refunds
  • Personalized form view
  • Stock Assistant for quick summaries
  • Tax Glossary of 300 tax terms
  • TaxACT Bookmarks
  • TaxACT DocVault™ for saving images

Q. Who are the typical users of TaxACT?

TaxACT has the following typical customers:

Mid Size Business, Small Business

Q. What languages does TaxACT support?

TaxACT supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does TaxACT offer?

TaxACT has the following pricing plans:

Freemium

Q. Does TaxACT support mobile devices?

TaxACT supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does TaxACT integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations TaxACT has

Q. What level of support does TaxACT offer?

TaxACT offers the following support options:

Online Support, Phone Support