Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Turbo Tax- The Free Federal Edition
This would be the first time I used Turbo tax & in & of itself, it was pretty nice.
It does all those little annoying side show portions where they have you do intricate math equations for several lines, only to determine you don't qualify & you will never get those collective hours of your life back.
But this free version will hound you incessantly about wanting to purchase an upgrade. $20 bucks? $40 bucks? You can keep clicking no, & keep going, but as you may have guessed, it will keep asking. In fact once the Federal tax is complete, it will offer to do your State taxes too.
Wow! Piece of cake! But then it will tell you the Federal part was free, but the State part is gonna cost you. $27.99. You have the option to choose no & let you do your own State tax, which is largely based on Federal taxes.
It then throws in a trickily worded "consent" to sign off on consent to use your info for other things besides taxes. Just say NO.
Again another tricky little item asking how you might like to be solicited-- phone, e mail or snail mail.
No NO NOOOOO!
I counted at least 10 attempts for the "free" version to try hit us up for $$$.
As if taxes are not annoying enough, lighten up, Turbo.