If not, TaxSlayer should be just fine for you. I’ve used it to prepare returns as a volunteer for VITA (which you might also qualify for if you want someone else to do your return). The income limit for VITA is a bit lower, but our site is pretty flexible on income, especially for seniors. It wouldn’t hurt to ask your local site if you’re interested in that. https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers
I’d be tempted to try TaxSlayer myself this year because of the high price and my overall displeasure with turbotax. (I too am a longtime user of turbotax). However I would need to know if it can import information from my prior years turbotax file as well if it can import 1099’s and other forms from my brokerage accounts. Has anyone looked into that or does anyone have hands on experience with TaxSlayer? Thanks in advance.
I’ve only used the tax preparer version, and the consumer version may be different. The one I used can import from prior years of TaxSlayer, but not from other software. It doesn’t import forms automatically. That said, entering the information doesn’t take that long, and the only thing that’s really useful from last year is your names, SSNs, and address, along with a few other random numbers (e.g., carryover losses). I wouldn’t put too much value in importing data from prior years. TurboTax likely touts this benefit to try to retain their market share without competing on price.
At my age, I wondered if it was worth learning another Tax Program and doubling my Data Entry to save about $20, which I can easily afford… so I decided to order TT Deluxe from Amazon, on sale for $45.
BTW, I had trouble installing the CD on Friday Night… said could not connect to my Internet. We are cordless… Internet is great. Decided to wait till Monday to call… we know what weekend help is like.
Worked Sunday night… all good.
Was a longtime (30+ year) user of TaxCut/HR Block, but switched to FreeTaxUSA a couple of years ago. Bit the bullet the first year on having to enter all the info and learn new interface, now all the data carries over year to year. Works for me.
I’m in the same boat as PP. I’ve used the CD version of TT Premiere for years and it’s worth a few bucks not to have to learn to jump thru any new hoops… I noticed Sunday night they had most of the forms working. I especially like form EV credit form #8936 with the TT filler. By itself form 8936 is not intuitively navigable.
I bit the bullet and purchased TurboTax Premier again. $64 I think it was on Amazon but after some 5% cash back points from my Chase Amazon Visa card and some “digital” credits from Amazon for choosing a bit slower shipping on some prior orders it came to around $45. Well worth it for all the data pre-fill plus automated import of financial forms (1099’s, etc) from Schwab plus the eFile.
I’ve been using FreeTax USA in recent years. Used to do taxes manually. Talk about cramming for a school exam type anxiety. The software makes it easy to crunch the numbers and they give you legitimate IRS tax forms to save in PDF format. The federal is free to e-file in my case. Spent maybe $20 to e-file state. The time saving was worth it to me after all these years of doing taxes on paper myself.