TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition

TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition

Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 47 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2009
  • Total Downloads:
    138,980
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 11, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    21.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    46
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #6 in Tax Software

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4 stars

"very easy yo use and accurate"

July 07, 2010  |  By rspeeder

 |  Version: TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition 2009

Pros

free program to use

Cons

pay to file so not completely free

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5 stars

"Worked great for me"

April 03, 2010  |  By eelydnic

 |  Version: TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition 2009

Pros

simple questions to follow, covered retirement issues, earned income credits and making work pay credits. Was able to e-file directly from software and print out a copy of all the forms and return.

Cons

Wish they didn't want to charge for filing your state tax return. Will do that on my own for free.

Summary

Glad I gave it a try. Better than paying H&R Block!

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4 stars

"Program works flawlessly on Vista"

April 02, 2010  |  By fra1991

 |  Version: TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition 2009

Pros

Give you a good idea of what your taxes will be.

Cons

Can't think of any.

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4 stars

"A Great Value for straight-forward returns."

March 18, 2010  |  By ojmn

 |  Version: TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition 2009

Pros

Free, contains all of the IRS Forms that the IRS accepts for e-filing.

Cons

Ads/nag screens promoting the deluxe edition of TaxACT.

Summary

TaxACT Free Edition is an easy to use package for preparing simple and straight- forward returns. However, if the return isn't a simple one, TaxACT Deluxe edition may be a better choice. If the taxpayer is required to file a state return, the TaxACT Ultimate Bundle (the deluxe federal plus a state return) at $20 is a great value.

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4 stars

"More than adequate for relatively uncomplicated return."

March 15, 2010  |  By jpatray

 |  Version: TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition 2009

Pros

Ease of use.

Cons

Allows processing of only one return.

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1 stars

"Do not buy Taxact"

March 11, 2010  |  By bungapucuk

 |  Version: TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition 2009

Pros

Interview format.

Cons

Taxact.com online version deleted all of my data (which I had spent three nights entering)! Unbelievable. They couldn't recover it. I had merely chosen to import the prior years' return to compare with the current year.

Summary

Avoid at all costs! Incompetent software design.

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1 stars

"The free version of this software stinks."

February 28, 2010  |  By arc1492

 |  Version: TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition 2009

Pros

Its free thats it.

Cons

It continually teases you with info windows but you can't access them w/o buying. Also, the program contained some strange calculations. I ended up buying the $15 H&R Block. My taxes are pretty straightforward by the way

Summary

If you absolutely can't afford or don't have anothe roption then you can use this but be careful about some of the judgments - compare it to your last years return to make sure it captures and interprets the categories correctly

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2 stars

"Hard to switch to TaxAct: Can't import from TurboTax +"

February 19, 2010  |  By BOBRGR

 |  Version: TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition 2009

Pros

Program looks complete - like it would probably do a good job of tax prep

Cons

Can't import prior year info from TruboTax or H&R Block/Taxcut or even TaxAct free.
This inability to import means users will have a lot more work to do a return

Summary

The TaxAct guys should read Michael Porter's, "Competitve Strategy" to learn about how important it is to lower switching costs if you want to gain ground on entrenched competitors.

Non-free versons offer import from prior years of taxact using .pdf files...I just don't get that...Where does the .pdf come from? This differs from the successful strategy dominant players TurboTax and H&R Block/Taxcut have employed making it very easy to import from their own or primary competitors' prior year return thus reducing hassle, time and errors...which is the whole idea of tax software. I looked hard at TaxAct then went and bought H&R Block...too bad TaxAct looked good.

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2 stars

"Uploads info to their site"

February 03, 2010  |  By Sattamander

 |  Version: TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition 2009

Pros

Free version

Cons

Uploads all your personal data to their site THEN sends it to the IRS. Like I want them having all my personal data, SSN, Bank account numbers, etc?

THINK NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Summary

Not worth the risk

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5 stars

"I've used it for years."

December 02, 2009  |  By jclord

 |  Version: TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition 2009

Pros

Price was what first grabbed my attention, but after many years I must say that I would pay 2 or 3 times the price. The pre-buy during the summer discount is great.
It is a breeze to use for my personal as well as my small business tex returns.

Cons

Zero. The red CNET Reviews warning box says I have to type more than ZERO, so I'll type another Zero.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2009
Version 1.0 includes unspecified updates.
General
Publisher 2nd Story Software
Publisher web site http://www.taxact.com
Release Date October 11, 2009
Date Added October 11, 2009
Version 2009
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Tax Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 21.69MB
File Name click-3698865-12022318
Popularity
Total Downloads 138,980
Downloads Last Week 46
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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