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TaxAct for $13.50

Post by John151 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:12 pm

I’ve filed my income taxes with TaxAct for the last couple of years, and today I received an email from them offering TaxAct Plus for filing my 2017 federal income taxes for $13.50. The state return will be extra, at a price that hasn’t been announced. I signed up right away. The offer expires on September 30, 2017.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by dbltrbl » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:32 pm

I did not get an email. Last year I filed Tax-act Plus 10.00 including state and e Filing for both. It was late in season.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by surfer1 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:33 pm

Do you have a link? I can't find it anywhere on their site.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by John151 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:38 pm

The offer came by email, and it’s probably a special price for returning customers. I don’t know what the price will be for first-timers. They usually post their prices later in the year, so you might want to check their website periodically.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by dbltrbl » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:46 pm

John,

I am a returning customer. In fact for 10 out of last 11 years, I have filed with Tax act must be some special promotion.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by tetractys » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:52 pm

Never got the email. Don't see anything about it anywhere outside this thread. Maybe OP's been fished. -- Tet
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by John151 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:52 pm

dbltrbl wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:46 pm
John,

I am a returning customer. In fact for 10 out of last 11 years, I have filed with Tax act must be some special promotion.
You may get an email offer too. They may not email everybody on the same day.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by John151 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:09 pm

tetractys wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:52 pm
Never got the email. Don't see anything about it anywhere outside this thread. Maybe OP's been fished. -- Tet
I don’t think so. You don’t sign on via email. You sign on at TaxAct’s website, and I was careful to make sure that the website was truly TaxAct’s.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Uncle Pennybags » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:26 pm

Noooooooooooooooooooo, my head still hurts from doing 2016 taxes. Investing is easy, tax avoidance is hard.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by joe8d » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:16 pm

tetractys wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:52 pm
Never got the email. Don't see anything about it anywhere outside this thread. Maybe OP's been fished. -- Tet
Yes,too early for offers. got my free offer ( US & NYS ) on Cyber Monday last year.
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by aristotelian » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:44 am

Uncle Pennybags wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:26 pm
Noooooooooooooooooooo, my head still hurts from doing 2016 taxes. Investing is easy, tax avoidance is hard.
Tax prep avoidance is even harder!

(I had a good experience with FreetaxUSA.com for 2016 when TaxAct raised their prices last year)

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Blues » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:50 am

aristotelian wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:44 am

(I had a good experience with FreetaxUSA.com for 2016 when TaxAct raised their prices last year)
No offer via email for me either...and I've been with them every year for over 10 years.

On the other hand, I am seriously considering FreeTaxUSA for this year and almost went that route last filing season.
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by donaldfair71 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:03 am

I have been with them for 3 years, haven't gotten that email.

Website says full price is $75 for the Plus version. Awful high bump. If that is the case (heck, if it is half of that), freetaxusa.com here I come!

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by barber » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:40 am

My email, for returning users, stated to log in and go to 2016 tax forms and to click auto pay. This is for 2017 tax act deluxe @ 13.50, state and federal.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Pajamas » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:42 am

You can file for free with many companies (including TaxAct) if your adjusted gross income is less than $64k if you go through the IRS Free File page.

Of course, those same companies will take your money if you don't know about that or choose to pay for filing instead. :twisted:

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by CABob » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:04 am

John151 wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:12 pm
I’ve filed my income taxes with TaxAct for the last couple of years, and today I received an email from them offering TaxAct Plus for filing my 2017 federal income taxes for $13.50. The state return will be extra, at a price that hasn’t been announced. I signed up right away. The offer expires on September 30, 2017.
Interesting. I went to the TaxAct site and they have no mention of 2017 products yet. Suggest you be very cautious that your email was in fact from TaxAct.
Bob

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Flobes » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:46 am

Last Friday, I got an email from TaxAct. It confirms the $13.50 amount of OP. It requires no response or clicking.
Thank you for trusting TaxAct to file your 2016 tax returns and for auto-enrolling with us for your 2017 tax returns.

As a reminder, you have already locked in your lowest price of $13.50 for TaxAct 2017 Federal Plus Edition! Simply come back when you're ready to file next year's taxes and your return will be waiting.
It's never to soon to "lock" a TaxAct offer, because
* there is no charge until you're ready to file; you can prepare your return(s) before you pay
* you can add multiple offers to your account as they arise, then choose what's best when the time comes, then delete all the others
* in the past, not all offers are the same: some include bringing data from prior returns and some don't
* TaxAct even refunds money after you've filed if the price goes down (as happened last year).

I started this response, then decided to give TaxAct a phone call.
I spoke with a delightful customer service representative:
* Yes: emails are real.
* Yes: every 2016 TaxActor should be getting an email invitation.
* Yes: $13.50 offer is federal only.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Blues » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:57 am

Assuming it's going to be $25 for state as it was last year...not a great bargain, imho. (Though last year I managed to file for free based upon an offer I became aware of here on bogleheads.)
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by John151 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:12 pm

barber wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:40 am
My email, for returning users, stated to log in and go to 2016 tax forms and to click auto pay. This is for 2017 tax act deluxe @ 13.50, state and federal.
That’s the same email that I received, except that in my case the offer was for TaxAct Plus for federal only.
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Post by minesweep » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:28 pm

I just received an invitation from Tax Act for their $13.50 offer. Maybe I won't need it. I could be filing my 2017 taxes on a postcard. :)

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Ice-9 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:00 pm

To all the returning customers saying they didn't receive the email:

I found it. I had to search through my Junk Mail folder for it, because they sent it from a different domain than usual. info@em.taxact.com Mine was sent yesterday afternoon. $13.50

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by John151 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:33 pm

Ice-9 wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:00 pm
To all the returning customers saying they didn't receive the email:

I found it. I had to search through my Junk Mail folder for it, because they sent it from a different domain than usual. info@em.taxact.com Mine was sent yesterday afternoon. $13.50
Mine was sent from that email address too, and I received it when you did: yesterday afternoon.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Toons » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:38 pm

Received email yesterday,part of which stated the below:

"Auto-enroll for TaxAct 2017 Federal Premium Edition today, and pay only $27.00 when you file your 2017 taxes with us"

I signed into my account,,,I selected auto enroll. :happy

https://www.taxact.com/products/next-year
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by 2015 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:31 pm

Toons wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:38 pm
Received email yesterday,part of which stated the below:

"Auto-enroll for TaxAct 2017 Federal Premium Edition today, and pay only $27.00 when you file your 2017 taxes with us"

I signed into my account,,,I selected auto enroll. :happy

https://www.taxact.com/products/next-year
I'm getting so over TA. Are they trying to be the new TT with all their pricing shenanigans? "Auto-enroll"??? What the heck is that?? :oops:

So I followed your link, Toons, and it looks like (although who knows with TA) the special "auto-enroll"/pre-order price for the Plus fed/state download product is $40, $35 off of the regular price of $75. I had a vague feeling I had already pre-ordered somehow/somewhere/someway as a result of some kind of solicitation from TA at some point, so....As a result of this thread, and because of other threads this year regarding TA's pricing flip-flops, I went to my account only to discover I had already pre-ordered when I did my taxes earlier this year (I actually don't even recall doing that--that's how confusing TA's price changes are now, versus how straightforward their pricing was before they were bought out). My price for the Plus fed/state download product? $32!

TA's pricing games remind me of how after Berkshire acquired See's Candies they saw it had unused pricing power, so what did they do? Raise the price! At least with See's you know what you're paying, even if you are being suckered into paying more. [Disclaimer: I do not eat See's or any other type of sweets because their high sugar content grosses me out].

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by tibbitts » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:12 pm

I got the $27 email today. I didn't fully understand what it was including but didn't look at it that closely.

For the first time next year I might squeak by with a 1040A vs. EZ. Historically (through 2015) TaxAct claimed to provide more of a true 1040A (essentially all of the schedules, etc.) than the competition. I believe many of the other don't let you have access to the schedules in the free 1040A products that most people need, effectively forcing customers to buy one of the fee-based products. Does anybody know if TaxAct is still going to supply all the typical forms (like fully functional schedules B and D) in their free 1040A package? Up until now I've needed C but won't this year.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by CABob » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:10 pm

I just did a quick search of the TurboTax and H&R Block sites and it appears that the cost of tax applications has gone up for all of them.
Bob

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Blues » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:36 am

CABob wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:10 pm
I just did a quick search of the TurboTax and H&R Block sites and it appears that the cost of tax applications has gone up for all of them.
Even so, as "2015" says above, the inability to pin them down to a specific price for any level of service is like trying to hold mercury down with your thumb. It's beyond old and irritating at this point and was never the policy under the original ownership.

Barring a sale price which would be too good to refuse, that ship has sailed.
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Toons » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:03 am

I will stick with TaxAct,
Frankly,
If it cost 50 bucks or even more,
I will pay it.
It is a pittance for the money it has saved me over the years,
You can't take it with you. :happy
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Blues » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:15 am

Toons wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:03 am
You can't take it with you. :happy
Oh yeah? Sez who? :greedy

You make a good point, brother. :sharebeer
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Toons » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:32 am

Blues wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:15 am
Toons wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:03 am
You can't take it with you. :happy
Oh yeah? Sez who? :greedy

You make a good point, brother. :sharebeer

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Uncle Pennybags » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:31 am

Automatic renew should be illegal unless specifically asked for by the customer. The reason money changers love it is they can and do steal from dead people's bank accounts.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Blues » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:45 am

Uncle Pennybags wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:31 am
Automatic renew should be illegal unless specifically asked for by the customer. The reason money changers love it is they can and do steal from dead people's bank accounts.
There is no charge unless you file a return using their software or online service. The automatic renewal is merely a means of having the site ready to go with the forms you may need online or via download...allegedly at the best available price.
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Pranav » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:46 am

Toons wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:03 am
I will stick with TaxAct,
Frankly,
If it cost 50 bucks or even more,
I will pay it.
It is a pittance for the money it has saved me over the years,
You can't take it with you. :happy
How did TaxAct save you money?
Pranav

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Uncle Pennybags » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:16 am

Pranav wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:46 am
Toons wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:03 am
I will stick with TaxAct,
Frankly,
If it cost 50 bucks or even more,
I will pay it.
It is a pittance for the money it has saved me over the years,
You can't take it with you. :happy
How did TaxAct save you money?
Depending on one's return a tax software can save one hundreds of dollars and or hours of head aches. The past few years my returns required two stamps. Even a simple Boglehead portfolio requires tax forms that boggle the mind.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Toons » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:27 am

Pranav wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:46 am
Toons wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:03 am
I will stick with TaxAct,
Frankly,
If it cost 50 bucks or even more,
I will pay it.
It is a pittance for the money it has saved me over the years,
You can't take it with you. :happy
How did TaxAct save you money?
Not having to pay a tax preparer,
Given the details of my return . :mrgreen:
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by John151 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:42 pm

I’ve compared TaxAct’s price this year to what I paid last year and the year before: $14.98 for e-filing my federal and state returns using TaxAct Plus online for tax year 2015, and $35.50 for e-filing my federal and state returns using TaxAct Plus online for tax year 2016.

This year my cost for e-filing the federal return will be $13.50. If the charge for e-filing the state return is the same as last year ($25.00), my cost will be $38.50.

I could file for less with other tax services, but compared to, say, TurboTax’s usual charges, TaxAct still looks like a bargain.
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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Saving$ » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:20 pm

2015 wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:31 pm
Toons wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:38 pm
Received email yesterday,part of which stated the below:

"Auto-enroll for TaxAct 2017 Federal Premium Edition today, and pay only $27.00 when you file your 2017 taxes with us"

I signed into my account,,,I selected auto enroll. :happy

https://www.taxact.com/products/next-year
I'm getting so over TA. Are they trying to be the new TT with all their pricing shenanigans? "Auto-enroll"??? What the heck is that?? :oops:

So I followed your link, Toons, and it looks like (although who knows with TA) the special "auto-enroll"/pre-order price for the Plus fed/state download product is $40, $35 off of the regular price of $75. I had a vague feeling I had already pre-ordered somehow/somewhere/someway as a result of some kind of solicitation from TA at some point, so....As a result of this thread, and because of other threads this year regarding TA's pricing flip-flops, I went to my account only to discover I had already pre-ordered when I did my taxes earlier this year (I actually don't even recall doing that--that's how confusing TA's price changes are now, versus how straightforward their pricing was before they were bought out). My price for the Plus fed/state download product? $32!

TA's pricing games remind me of how after Berkshire acquired See's Candies they saw it had unused pricing power, so what did they do? Raise the price! At least with See's you know what you're paying, even if you are being suckered into paying more. [Disclaimer: I do not eat See's or any other type of sweets because their high sugar content grosses me out].
I did not get the email.
I logged on and found nothing about 2017. So I logged off and followed the link above. With the link above, I am offered the following:
- TaxAct Plus $40 (download version); 1 state (does not include efile) and 5 federal efiles
- TaxAct Premium $55 (download version); 1 state (does not include efile) and 5 federal efiles.
For state efiles, they want another $10 each.

The above don't seem like very good deals. I paid $32 for the 2016 Premium download version. I will wait for a better one or use this as an opportunity to try one of their competitors products.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Cash » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:01 am

I also got the $13.50 offer on 8/29

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by mikep » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:54 pm

I got a premium offer for $27 federal + who knows what state. Last year I paid $10 combined for fed/state premium.. better deals will come later.

My suspicion is that the best deals will be Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend or after 4/1/18.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by runner26 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:14 pm

I got no offer, even though I used TA the last 2 years, and 7 of the last 9. :annoyed I use the download version. For those of you getting these offers, are you online or download users.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by John151 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:01 pm

runner26 wrote:
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:14 pm
I got no offer, even though I used TA the last 2 years, and 7 of the last 9. :annoyed I use the download version. For those of you getting these offers, are you online or download users.
I got the offer, and I’m an online user.

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Re: TaxAct for $13.50

Post by Blues » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:45 pm

John151 wrote:
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:01 pm
runner26 wrote:
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:14 pm
I got no offer, even though I used TA the last 2 years, and 7 of the last 9. :annoyed I use the download version. For those of you getting these offers, are you online or download users.
I got the offer, and I’m an online user.
I didn't and I'm an online user who has used both download and online for over 10 years. Go figure.
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