The basic product features a step-by-step interview process to let you enter essential tax information quickly. Or, if you prefer, with the Fast Forms option, TaxCut will suggest a list of forms to complete for you.
The standout features in this Deluxe edition are its extra videos and extensive sources of tax information. There are nearly 30 video tax tutorials presented by the editors of Kiplinger's Magazine on topics like first-time home ownership, capital gains, IRAs, and how to claim expenses from a home office. These short and effective lessons can give you the background you need to decide if you meet the criteria for particular deductions or tax categories. Other online references like Kiplinger's "Cut Your Taxes" can help you find missed deductions. (This version also bundles over 40 IRS publications on various tax topics.)
Before you file, this package checks your return for accuracy and anything that might trigger an audit. Another notable feature with TaxCut Deluxe is the ability to download any number of state modules for free so that you can file multiple state returns inexpensively. You can file electronically as well get a loan against anticipated refunds (for a small charge) using the Electronic Refund Advance (ERA) option.
In all, the online resources in this package are perfect for anyone who wants more information on their taxes (and overall financial planning). TaxCut Deluxe provides both an easy-to-master interface and plenty of worthwhile advice from the experts to give you the edge you need to reduce your tax bill or get you that refund you deserve. --Richard Dragan