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Consumer Reports compares digital tax products

Updated: 2014-02-07T16:45:11Z

By MARK DAVIS

The Kansas City Star

Consumer Reports likes H&R Block’s tax software and TurboTax’s online version, according to a side-by-side comparison it posted online.

The report notes that both companies had made the job simpler this year.

Its run-down listed their common features of both companies’ deluxe versions. Each imports W-2s and other documents, offer a running ticker on your refund or tax owed, accuracy guarantees for their calculations, audit support and searchable answers to common questions.

Kansas City-based H&R Block’s tax software is cheaper, easy to use and “a good choice” for novice do-it-yourself taxpayers, Consumer Reports said.

“It’s a better value than the TurboTax version, especially due to its free advice offer,” the report said.

TurboTax, sold by Intuit Inc., got a nod from Consumer Reports for its online verison. It’s better than TurboTax’s software and better than H&R Block’s online service, according to the comparison.

To reach Mark Davis, call 816-234-4372 or send email to mdavis@kcstar.com.

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