Midday Fix: Kiplinger’s Sandra Block rates tax preparation software

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Sandra Block

Sandra’s Ratings:

TurboTax

Pros:
Newer version easier to read and navigate.
Ability to electronically import information from employers and financial institutions
Pointing out deductions and credits you might overlook

Cons:
Most expensive tax preparation program reviewed

H&R Block

Pros:
Offers a ‘Best of Both’ option to have a tax professional review your return.
Provides a comprehensive list of all forms needed to file your return.

Cons:
Can`t import tax documents from as many institutions as TurboTax.

TaxAct

Pros:
No-nonsense style.
Anybody can prepare and e-file a federal tax return free.
TaxAct`s Ultimate Bundle reasonably priced.

Cons:
Limited import capabilities.

TaxSlayer

Pros
Anyone can file free federal return.

Cons:
Doesn`t provide much tax expert support.
Can`t import most financial documents.

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