Review: Homeowners can eFile, too, with TurboTax Deluxe

Have your cake, eat it, too, and file your taxes, all at the kitchen table -- and for less, yet.

TurboTax Deluxe includes everything in Intuit's online TurboTax Free Edition, starting with free federal eFiling, but it also helps homeowners, investors, and charitable givers maximize deductions. TurboTax Deluxe offers real-time help and searches for all possible deductions, including medical bills. Its Audit Risk Meter flags potential audit triggers and helps you avoid them. You can try TurboTax Deluxe for free, but it's now a lot more affordable.

First-time visitors to the TurboTax storefront can sign in, create a free account, or start any tool for free. Considering it's just a step up from the Free version, TurboTax Deluxe's compatible form list was a (welcome) surprise; basically, it handles everything but business forms like Schedule C and items like estates and trusts. There's an option for first-time filers, too. We could start with last year's returns or create new forms. A prominent Help Search tool proclaimed "We're right here," offering assistance by phone, chat, or online community. The site, itself, is slick and professional, very clear and easy to navigate, and avoids looking either too clinical or commercial. We have no complaints about the TurboTax experience, from start to finish.

Not long ago only 1040EZ filers had the smug satisfaction of filing their taxes from the kitchen table. TurboTax Deluxe not only lets homeowners and others with deductions file electronically, too, but it also does so at a lower price than last year. That counts as genuine progress!

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