H&R Block’s online tax software is excellent, one of the best on the market. Combined with the ability to visit one of the more than 11,000 offices to consult with one of more than 100,000 tax professionals, the company’s attention to detail and dedication to help and support makes its services one of the very best.
The H&R Block At Home tax software is completely up to date with the new tax laws for this tax year. The service will even warn you if one of the tax forms you need is unavailable before you get too far down the road of calculating your return. Their attention to detail will ensure that you claim all of the deductions and credits you are eligible for and receive the correct refund.
H&R Block is useful for all types of filers, whether they are simple 1040EZ, or a business (including a partnership or LLC). The service was also able to incorporate the changes regarding educator expenses and higher education credits that were new for this year. The software will even catch an error if you enter the wrong numbers from your W-2 form.
The basic edition offers free e-filing for federal taxes and a small charge for your state income taxes. If you have a more complicated situation it is advisable to spring for the premium version, as this provides business and investment support. Either way you will have access to double error checking and a guided interview process. If you subscribe to their support plan you will also receive audit support and a maximum refund guarantee.
The software has a very intuitive feel, especially if you have filed taxes before. Even first time filers will quickly get up to speed by using the ‘Guide Me’ mode. While in this mode the software will ask you questions (not just have you check off items on a list). This will easily let you get through the interview. There is a status bar to give you an indication of how far along the process you are and if necessary a simple ‘back’ button will allow you to move through screens and make any additions and corrections.
The ‘Get Answers’ sections is selective to the area you are working on. The ‘Get More Help’ option will let you have access to a searchable compendium of tax information. On the company’s website there is even a tax blog where you can browse or post questions. They even have an app for your iPhone available through iTunes, which can let you take a tax quiz, find a local office and even provide an estimate on your taxes owed.
Perhaps the strongest feature of H&R Block At Home is the quality and number of options for getting help. You can contact an 800 number for content or technical support. Their website has fixes for common download and login difficulties and you can chat 24/7 during tax season. They also have active Facebook, Twitter and YouTube access.
In summary, H&R Block At Home is one of the top tax service providers on the market today. With their help you can solve nearly all levels of tax difficulties, whether you are a single tax filer, own a home-based business, or are part of a larger business. The software is easy to use and is completely accurate and up to date. Their support and help are second to none, and they even offer audit representation if you subscribe to the service.