Deal of the Day again 1/4/18. The benefit of “old-school” desktop tax software is that it doesn’t require your Social Security Number and financial details to be stored in the cloud. Here’s a limited-time deal on H&R Block Tax Software 2017 (download or physical CD).
Amazon has H&R Block Deluxe Federal + State for $19.99. Federal only is $14, and Premium is $30. Premium & Business is $37. This is a 24-hour “Deal of of the Day” (sorry I don’t get advance notice) and is within $1-$2 of the lowest prices ever from last year. If it is out of stock, you can still buy it and lock in the price. If you miss it, it will probably come back again as H&R Block likes to do these flash discounts every so often.
H&R Block Deluxe includes guidance for stock gains and losses, home mortgage interest deduction, and other itemized deductions. Compare that against TurboTax Deluxe Download which makes you upgrade to TurboTax Premier to get guidance for stock sales and dividends. H&R Block Premium includes rental properties and self-employment. All flavors include “Refund Bonus” where you can a 5% bonus if you take your refund in the form of an Amazon gift card.
Keep in mind that for these products 5 Federal e-Files are included but State e-File is extra ($19.95 per state). I would personally just print the (usually shorter) state return out and snail mail it in if you don’t have a free State e-File option.