TaxAct vs TurboTax

Jenna Vasquez
Jenna Vasquez | Contributor

Tax Defense Network and Community Tax both offer great tax preparation services. TurboTax can cost you anywhere from $0 to $89.99 in federal fees, and TaxAct ranges between $0 to $30.00 in federal fees.

While both are good options to have prepare your taxes, TurboTax automatically suggests deductions and guarantees a maximum refund.

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#6 TaxAct
6.5 Overall Score
4.3
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#1 TurboTax
9.2 Overall Score
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Overview

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Ratings

TaxAct

Overall Score
6.5 of 10
Review Score
4.3
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Value for Money
4.1
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Quality of Product or Service
4.2
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Company Trustworthiness
4.3
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Likely to Recommend
7.7 of 10

TurboTax

9.2 of 10
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8.4 of 10

Reviews

TaxAct

Number of Reviews
60
Review Breakdown
4.3
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55%
4 star
27%
3 star
12%
2 star
2%
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5%

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713
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62%
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26%
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7%
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3%

Reviews for TaxAct

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Dave Fortin Kingston, PA

This is actually among some of the less expensive options you can do. They offer a free portion but it doesn't provide all of the necessities for the average person. If you've ever gone to school and have a loan, you're going to need to upgrade. But, it is what it is. I don't hate it and it's still not a bad rate.

3 weeks ago

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Jane Germantown, MD

TaxAct made a mistake on my 2020 return. The refund they calculated on my 1040 Schedule A was adjusted by $548.17 from the IRS. I got a letter from the IRS saying my refund was adjusted and the possible errors. I don't understand the error and TaxAct is not helping. Their only response is to contact the IRS. Don't they have 100% accuracy guarantee? That's only if they take your phone call!

2 months ago

Reviews for TurboTax

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Steven Rummler Centerville, UT

TurboTax has a great user experience but makes it a little too difficult to avoid paying for what is advertised as a free service. The results are good, but more clarity around the paid vs free features would go a long way.

2 weeks ago

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Eban Beltran Arlington, TX

I used TurboTax for many years and always had very frustrating experiences with their software. They advertised a free service but time after time after hours of filling out information and dealing with login issues I would be faced with paying a lot of money to submit my taxes or start all over again with another tax service... I no longer use TurboTax.

10 months ago

The Final Word

As simple and affordable ways for people to file their federal and state returns, TaxAct and TurboTax are both strong solutions. 

TaxAct is easy to use, and it guarantees that you do not forget anything thanks to the mini-alert system. It has a long list of accuracy tools to ensure the best results, and it even offers up a maximum refund guarantee. 

Ultimately, we recommend TurboTax due to the deductions that it recommends automatically as well as the accuracy of its software, even if prices may be slightly higher. 

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