TurboTax halts state e-filing due to fraud concerns

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UpdateThey have turned it back on after an investigation: See new update here.

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So here’s another heads up about TurboTax — they’ve temporarily suspended the ability to e-file state tax returns in all states due to concerns about fraudulent activity. You’re going to want to read the full article if you are a TurboTax user; and if you saw it already yesterday it has been updated today.

So what’s next? As of yesterday, Thursday, February 5, Intuit is temporarily pausing transmission of state e-filing tax returns. This is effective for all states. Intuit will be working with the states today to begin turning transmissions back on.

It’s important to note that as of now, this issue is only being reported by taxpayers using TurboTax. For everybody else, it’s business as usual.

Bought TurboTax Deluxe — Get H&R Block Deluxe free

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So you might have heard by now about the reduced functionality in TurboTax Deluxe — they’ve removed several important forms (for investment income and more), requiring users to upgrade to Premiere for the same functionality. H&R Block is now offering their Deluxe+State product for free to TurboTax customers who bought the product this year, but found it didn’t meet their needs.

To claim the free H&R Block Deluxe + State software, taxpayers should email [email protected] and include their name, address, phone number, the type of operating system they use (Windows/Mac), and proof of purchase (a photo or scan of their store receipt or the email showing their download code). The taxpayer will then receive an email for one free download of H&R Block Deluxe + State. Taxpayers can easily import last year’s tax return directly from TurboTax for free.

TurboTax is also offering $25 back to customers who bought Deluxe, then found they had to upgrade.

TurboTax Deluxe 2014 $29.99 for Prime members (download edition)

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Because a couple of you have asked, here’s a deal on TurboTax Deluxe 2014 (download edition) — Amazon Prime Members can currently get it for $29.99, plus up to an additional 10% back on your refund when you choose to get some or all of it as an Amazon gift card.

I STRONGLY recommend that you read the reviews before purchasing, even if you have used TurboTax in the past. This year’s version removes some very important functionality that was there in previous editions.

(If you’re switching software, Groupon currently has a nice deal on H&R Block Premium.)

H&R Block 2014 Premium + State $31.99 shipped

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Groupon is selling the 2014 H&R Block Premium+state tax software package for just $31.99 shipped right now!

  • H&R Block Premium is currently $39.99 on Amazon, so you save a few bucks with the Groupon deal. Note that this is also significantly cheaper than TurboTax Premier, and I’d strongly recommend that you read reviews of the current TurboTax before purchasing this year, even if you have used in the past.

Free simple federal tax filing options

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If your taxes are simple and your needs are few, you have several options for free federal filing. First up: TaxACT offers free federal filing. (If you need TaxACT Deluxe, it’s $12.99.)

Or check out the Federal Free edition of TurboTax.

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Or check out the H&R Block Free Edition for simple federal returns.

If your taxes are more complicated, any of these sites will be happy to upsell you… Or on Amazon: