TaxACT 2013 Ultimate Bundle

TaxACT 2013 Ultimate Bundle

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 11 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2013
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
October 14, 2013
Price:
Purchase; $21.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
Webware
Total Downloads:
3,754
Downloads Last Week:
1
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

In addition to federal and state tax preparation and eFiling, TaxACT's affordable 2013 Ultimate Bundle helps you maximize deductions for non-cash charitable giving with audit-backed values for more than 1,300 commonly donated items. It has all the features offered in TaxACT's free and deluxe bundles, such as the ability to import previous tax documents, even if you didn't use TaxACT, audit support, and several support options, including phone help. Unlike many similar online tax services, it includes state filing. TaxACT Ultimate Bundle comes in several versions, including software you can download or install via an optional CD and a version for multiple federal returns. But the Webware version is an even better bargain. You can start the process for free and pay when you file, too.

We clicked "Start for Free" on the TaxACT Web site to log in, but you can start your federal tax return in TaxACT Ultimate Bundle without even registering -- something few (if any) comparable services allow. The step-by-step process involves entering major life events, like marriage, that can significantly affect your tax rate and burden. Anyone who remembers the early days of eFiling will be pleased to see the huge list of tax forms TaxACT Ultimate Bundle handles, but better still is the help, including a video tutorial, forums, calculators, and extras like Tax Tutor Guidance and Answer Center.

The Web-based version of TaxACT Ultimate Bundle is a flexible and cost-saving alternative to traditional tax software. Taxes are seldom easy to prepare, much less pay, and you'll still need to have all your receipts, deeds, and so on, handy. But now taxpayers with deductions can enjoy the advantages of eFiling, too. TaxACT Ultimate Bundle adds excellent value to the mix.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of TaxACT Ultimate Bundle 2013.

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  • 4 stars

    "Happy with Federal return, but..."

    April 18, 2010   |   By jcorbman

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    Pros

    Quick and easy to use for the Federal return. At $10, the price can't be beat. It covered everything I needed and made it easy to decide whether to take the std. deduction or itemize.

    Cons

    State was off. I file in two states; iit wouldn't let me report the numbers in the right places. Didn't account for limits to a contribution. Decided NOT to file the state form, it wanted to charge me anyway. Had to start the federal from scratch.

    Summary

    Use it for Federal, and do state by hand. State taxes are easy anyway.

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  • 2 stars

    "A far cry from Turbo Tax"

    April 10, 2010   |   By 51alien

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    Pros

    Inexpensive and fast

    Cons

    Not helpful or intuitive. Not for you if you have anything even slightly complex. The Q&A would not address some of my needs. Very difficult to review entries.

    Summary

    Back to Turbo Tax for me, it is well worth the extra $30 or so

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  • 5 stars

    "An excellent program at a great price."

    March 18, 2010   |   By ojmn

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Easy to use, a great value.

    Cons

    May not be the best choice for very complicated returns.

    Summary

    Just follow and answer the step by step questions asked by TaxACT, and you'll finish up with completed federal and state returns. The TaxACT Ultimate Bundle (the deluxe federal plus a state return) is the best value and the best choice for taxpayers who need to file a state return in addition to the federal return.

    However, if a taxpayer has a very complicated return (a lot of investment or real estate rental activity), the premium editions of TurboTax or H&R Block At Home may be a better choice.

    Updated on Mar 18, 2010

    Jessica Dolcourt commented in her CNET review of TaxACT that the online edition of TaxACT "kept us from cutting and pasting". I had no problem copying and pasting with the desktop edition of TaxACT.

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  • 3 stars

    "Good on federal, iffy on state"

    March 15, 2010   |   By wytcld

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Went to TaxACT in past years when it could run under Linux with wine. This year's does not, but (1) it was always as good as the main competition, both of which I'd used previously, and (2) now my data's in its format, and (3) the price is right.

    Cons

    There was a misinterpretation by TaxACT of Vermont's state instructions last year. I called the state to confirm, then contacted TaxACT, who claimed their interpretation was right anyway. Finally the state contacted them directly to get it corrected.

    Summary

    Past years' TaxACT packages have been straight forward, and not gotten in the way as much as the competition's. This year they've reportedly added more wiz-bang gimmicks (thus breaking wine compatibility for Linux). But I'm locked into their data format, and the price is still right. Their state prep, at least for Vermont, is cruder than their federal, and in the past contained a significant error for anyone with capital gains offsets. On the whole though it does a good job in a reasonable amount of time.

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  • 5 stars

    "Been using it for over ten years, and it works great!"

    March 11, 2010   |   By MaximillianC

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    The price is right. Software installs easily, import's previous year's tax returns, and walks you through the interview process to make filing for even less-than-simple tax returns pretty easy. I even have a small business, and it makes that easy!

    Cons

    Rarely, more complicated topics (for instance, this year, the $8k first time home buyer credit) leave a bit to be desired on the documentation, but, this, again, is rare.

    Summary

    I file mine, my mom's, and generally 1 or more friends' tax returns each year with this software, since I first discovered TaxAct in 1999, and have NEVER had any major problems. The price is great, and the product is, too. I've used it for ten years, and will keep using it as long as the product stays as great as it is!

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  • 5 stars

    "What's Not to Like?"

    March 02, 2010   |   By Marian S

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    Pros

    I have been using this program for approx. 5 years. The price can't be beat, and I've never encountered a problem that lacked advice, explanation, or that couldn't be solved.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything?

    Summary

    I plan to continue using this program in the future. If you sign up in December for the following year, you receive an even greater price ($13.95 for 2009), and are able to e-file both your federal and state returns @ no additional cost.

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  • 5 stars

    "Both are great programs the free and deluxe"

    March 02, 2010   |   By stone5245

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    I have used the deluxe for about 8yrs now and
    have always had great success with it. The
    free edition is great for 1040 or 1040 EZ. With
    both editions it is free to e-file

    Cons

    None what so ever. Even if I tried I couldn't
    find a problem with either edition

    Summary

    As stated for the price it can't be beat. I have
    a somewhat difficult taxes and the deluxe
    covers all aspects of them. If you have a
    problem with the program they are just a mouse click away..

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  • 5 stars

    "Great program - have used for many years"

    March 02, 2010   |   By matsa02

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Easy to walk through questions.
    Imports data from previous year.
    Accurate and offers good suggestions and tips.

    Cons

    Efile for state sometimes not available and costs extra when it is.
    Does not import financial data from various institutions.
    Not comipatible with money management programs such as Quicken.

    Summary

    I have used the paid desktop Deluxe federal and state version for many years and have never had a problem. My tax situation is not the most simple. I itemize deductions, have 5 children, and run a private business. Taxact handles it all. Great price compared to others. Importing of previous years data is a big plus. If you don't want to get stuck paying a higher price each year, I would recommend using this program.

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  • 5 stars

    "Fantastic online program."

    March 02, 2010   |   By Pepepilot

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Easy to use, accuate and fast. I have no reason for changing.

    Cons

    I found no cons for this product.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great package"

    February 25, 2010   |   By theautopartsshop

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Great package have been using it for years without any problem....cheers

    Cons

    Dont think i can list any

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