TurboTax Premier 2012
TurboTax Premier 2012

Best tax software for complex returns

For complex tax issues, such as investments and rental properties, most reviewers prefer TurboTax Premier 2012. TurboTax Premier makes filing your taxes easier to understand and does it more smoothly than competing programs. You can even chat with a tax expert on the phone or web; it's unlimited and free.
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TurboTax Deluxe 2012
TurboTax Deluxe 2012

Best tax software for most

For most people, TurboTax Deluxe 2012 is the easiest way to do your own taxes, experts say. It walks you through the most common tax topics, such as home mortgages and child care, in a way that's easier to understand than other brands. Free, unlimited expert tax help via phone or web chat comes standard.
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TaxACT Online Ultimate 2012
TaxACT Online Ultimate 2012

Best tax software for simple returns

TaxACT Online Ultimate 2012 isn't just for simple returns anymore. It boasts almost all of the features you'll find on TurboTax Deluxe 2012 at a fraction of the price. TaxACT can handle complicated returns, but with less guidance than TurboTax. Serious investors and novice filers may prefer the pricier TurboTax, reviewers say.
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*Est. $20 Estimated Price
TaxACT Free Edition 2012
TaxACT Free Edition 2012

Best free tax preparation

TaxACT Free Edition 2012 is by far the easiest and best way to do your federal taxes for free, reviews say. It guides you through your return just like paid software and includes every form you'll need to file online, so you can do complicated returns. While email help from experts is free and unlimited, phone help costs $8 for the year. One downside is the program omits the usual extras; there's no donation tracker or data-import tool, for example.
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Free Estimated Price
TaxACT Deluxe Tablet App 2012
TaxACT Deluxe Tablet App 2012

Best tax app for tablets

TaxACT Deluxe Tablet App 2012 is not only better than other tablet apps – it's also a lot cheaper. An easy layout and a great help function let you quickly swipe and tap your way through your taxes. If you get stuck, free expert email and phone help are unlimited. Unlike other apps, TaxACT works with both iPad and Android tablets, and allows you switch seamlessly between your tablet and computer.
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*Est. $10 Estimated Price
TurboTax SnapTax 2012
TurboTax SnapTax 2012

Best smartphone tax app

If you have a smartphone and about 10 minutes, TurboTax SnapTax 2012 can file your federal and state tax returns for you. Just snap a photo of your W-2, answer a few easy questions and hit the send button. The catch? It works only for simple 1040EZ or 1040A returns and costs $25 to file, which you can do from your computer or tablet for free.
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*Est. $25 to file; free download Estimated Price
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