The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors (halfshellvenus) wrote,
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

Decisions, decisions...

I've been thinking about starting in on our taxes tomorrow, since the deadline is coming up soon.

Typically, I would already have bought the software by now, but I'm torn between buying TurboTax again or possibly giving H&R Block a try.

Part of it is my growing unhappiness with TurboTax's marketing ploys. We basically belong in the Deluxe tier, but they withhold Schedule D in order to try to force you up to the Premiere level. Years ago, that was always included in the Deluxe version. It's clearly an upselling tactic, and that alone bugs me. H&R Block includes Schedule D in their HomeOwner-level tax software, and it's much less expensive, so points to them for that.

There's also the fact that TurboTax's handling of 529 Education plans and higher education expenses in general is seriously broken. I wish I'd realized that the first year those were part of our tax computations. I wound up having to file TWO amended returns for 2015 because of that.

But TT is the devil I know, and I've worked with it for at least 15 years now.

Argh. What to do? :(

Update: I decided to give the H&R Block software a try this year. Hope I don't regret it!</later>


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