Happy tax season to all who celebrate.
(Yes, it certainly feels… off to have to give the government money after what it put us through in 2020. And yet here we are.)
If you still need to file, remember you’ve got until April 15 to get all of your ducks in a row. Here’s some incentive to not wait until the last minute: Amazon’s put TurboTax and H&R Block tax prep software on sale for up to 49% off, so you can get some expert e-filing assistance (and extra peace of mind) without breaking the bank.
Not sure which program is right for you? Here’s a breakdown of your options:
The biggest name in the tax software game by far, TurboTax’s desktop programs for Windows and Mac search more than 350 deductions and credits to hunt down all the tax breaks you qualify for and get you the highest possible refund. All plans come with 100% accuracy and maximum refund guarantees and free year-round audit support guidance, in the off-chance you get a letter from the IRS after filing.
Note that you can file your federal and state taxes for free on the TurboTax website, but only if your return is super simple.
If you’re filing as an individual, get . Geared toward anyone who owns a home, needs to claim some charitable deductions, and/or has high medical expenses, TurboTax’s most popular software includes five federal e-file and free support over the phone. Normally $49.99, it’s on sale on Amazon for just $39.90 — a 20% savings. Get it here. (For one state filing of your choosing, upgrade to TurboTax Deluxe + State for only $10 more.)
If you own stocks or rental properties, get TurboTax Premier. This one comes with everything in TurboTax Deluxe plus extra help for investment sales (i.e., stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and employee stock plans). That includes automatic imports of investment information from participating financial institutions, step-by-step guidance for setting up and pricing rental properties, and cryptocurrency gain/loss calculations. Amazon has it on sale for $69.90, which is 22% off its $89.99 MSRP. Get it here.
If you’re a freelancer, get TurboTax Home & Business. Calling all independent contractors, small business owners, sole proprietors, and anyone else with multiple sources of income who’s filing a 1099-MISC: TurboTax Home & Business covers industry-specific write-offs and suggests self-employment deductions to help you with your notoriously complicated taxes. It usually sells for $99.99, but Amazon’s brought it down to just $79.99 (a 20% savings). Get it here.
If you’re filing as a corporation or multi-member LLC, get TurboTax Business. TurboTax’s most robust offering for partnerships, S Corps, C Corps, multi-member LLCs, and trust/estate managers will automatically import your QuickBooks Desktop income and expense accounts and search for deductible business expenses (like travel and advertising) related to your industry. For brand new businesses, there’s also extra guidance on startup tax deductions to help you score the most tax savings. You can order a copy from Amazon for just $119.99, which is 20% off its suggested retail price of $149.99. Get it here.
In a normal year, you’d be able to go to one of H&R Block’s brick-and-mortar stores for in-person tax advice from their team of experts. But until it’s completely safe to do so, you can get the next best thing with its tax prep software for PC and Mac: You get step-by-step help with hundreds of credits and deductions, access to a support center with over 13,000 searchable articles, and five federal e-files (with unlimited federal prep) that are covered by several guarantees promising you the most money back, error-free filing, and zero hidden fees. And get this: If you buy an H&R Block plan from Amazon, you can put your tax refund on an Amazon gift card for a 3.5% bonus.
H&R Block also offers free filing on its website, but just like TurboTax, it’s only recommended for the most basic returns.
If you’re filing as an individual, get H&R Block Deluxe. H&R Block’s bestselling plan lets you quickly import your W-2, 1099, 1098, and last year’s personal tax return for fast filing, and includes extra guidance for homeowners and investors on trickier tax situations like Health Savings Accounts real estate taxes, and mortgage interest. Save a whopping 49% when you download it off Amazon, where its $34.99 list price has been lowered to just $17.99. Get it here. (Add $12 more for a state filing with H&R Block Deluxe + State.)
If you’re a landlord or self-employed, get H&R Block Premium. Anyone who earned money from investments, stock options, a home sale, or retirement in 2020 can pick up H&R Block’s Premium software for specialized Schedule A, C, and E guidance. Typically $64.99, it’s now just $43.99 on Amazon — a 32% savings. Get it here.
If you’re a small business owner, get H&R Block Premium & Business. The last thing any SBO should be worrying about right now is complex tax prep, which is where H&R Block Premium & Business comes in: It walks users through the processes of filing tax returns for S Corps, partnerships, LLCs, and nonprofits and creating payroll/employer forms to make the whole ordeal way less of a hassle. Amazon will sell it to you right now for only $59.99, which 25% off its regular retail price of $79.99. Get it here.
If you’re got a really simple return (but still want help filing), get H&R Block Basic. This one’s for students, employees with clear-cut W-2, and anyone who received unemployment income in the past year. It’s down to just $14.95 on Amazon, which is 25% off its $19.99 MSRP. Get it here.