During a dry run with online TurboTax free, as I started to enter data for Schedule C, the program stopped, a message popped up noting that it was necessary to upgrade to Basic for $14.95 before continuing. Because I was just experimenting and had enough information about TurboTax already, there was no reason to upgrade.
A number of forum members have expressed concerns about possible identity theft with online returns, therefore it's probably safer to have a desktop edition of the software.
If you were unable to obtain an extra copy of TaxCut Standard for your friend, you can consider telling him about downloading TaxAct Standard with federal e-file which is free for everyone. I provided the link above. The split screen is a nice feature. While you answer the questions on top, the form is being generated simultaneously on the bottom. Very clever. TaxAct Standard is capable of doing a moderately complex return. It has the same set of forms as TurboTax Deluxe. TurboTax's website said that the paper copy of the return is printed after the e-file. I would prefer to see the hard copy prior to e-filing. The good folks at 2nd Story, the company that produces TaxAct, told me that the personal information created with the desktop version is not stored on their servers. During e-filing TaxAct acts only as a conduit to the IRS and your return is not retained on their servers either.
We should pay our fair share of taxes, but we don't have to pay for software to do so.
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