Turbotax User Forum on Internet?

Is there a Turbotax User Forum on the Internet? I have not been able to find one?

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Hi, Charlie.
So far as I know, this is as good as it gets.
There are a few newsgroups with "taxes" in their names. I haven't been to misc.taxes.moderated in years, but it was always pretty good. Intuit might have a TTax forum at their website; I'll let you explore that possibility and report back to us.
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Is there a Turbotax User Forum on the Internet? I have not been able to find one?
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I found the one below on their site, but it is not very user friendly!
https://ttlc.intuit.com/tax
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Hi, again, Charlie.
Today I bought TTax Basic ($29.99 + Sales Tax at Office Depot) for 2013 and installed it. One of the first screens offers a link to the TurboTax Community.
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I found the one below on their site, but it is not very user friendly!
https://ttlc.intuit.com/tax
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What was the link? I just ordered TTax Premier 2013 and Quicken Deluxe 2014 from Amazon and should receive them in a week or so (free shipping :). But would like to take a quick look at the forum link!
Charlie

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Hi, Charlie.
Well, the "link" is just a button to click, from inside TurboTax itself; no URL shown. But, when I click the first message listed and then copy the URL from the Address Bar of the page I land on, I get:
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1913123?_ans=1&_pos=1&_src=w&_tot=4&from=widget&old_tags=DialogWelcome&prodID&tags=dialogwelcome&sid=NONE
Maybe that will get you close enough to find the rest of the TurboTax Community. I'm not ready yet to go exploring there myself. I just wanted to get the new TTax installed and my 2012 data imported. In a few days I will input my mostly-estimated numbers for 2013 to see if I need to sell some stock or something before year-end.
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Thanks for the reply.
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That sounds like a great price, except that I think Basic doesn't come with a State tax module, and adding that on costs $36.99.
Am I right about both of those, or should I look into buying the same thing you did?
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Hi, Ken.
Remember that Texas does not have a state income tax! ;<)
And when I look at all the check-marks on the back of the box, showing the "features" that are not in the Basic version, none of them seem worth the price to me. Of course, they might be worth more if I did not have 30 years of experience as a practicing public accountant, the last 15 of those specializing in taxes. Laws and rules have changed and I've forgotten a lot in the 20+ years since I retired, but most of what I forgot is stuff that doesn't apply to me, anyhow. So, Basic fits me just fine now. And the $29.95 for 2013 is the same price I paid for 2012.
A new question this year (I think) is whether I made money in any other states. If I answer Yes, I can choose from a drop-down list of other states from which I might have income. But the instructions say to "Leave No Entry if you only received income in Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, or Wyoming. You don't pay income tax in these states."
YMMV, obviously.
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That sounds like a great price, except that I think Basic doesn't come with a State tax module, and adding that on costs $36.99.
Am I right about both of those, or should I look into buying the same thing you did?
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Yes, I know. And I had assumed that's why you chose Basic. But still am I right that Basic doesn't come with a State tax module, and adding that on costs $36.99? If adding State tax could be bought for significantly less, Basic for $29.99 might be a good buy for those of use who don't live in Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, or Wyoming.

Same to me. My only real concern is the cost of adding State tax to it (even though I don't have the accounting skills you do).
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Hi, Ken.
At Office Depot, I asked about TTax. A clerk pointed to where I easily found Quicken, but TTax was not there so I asked again for TTax Basic. This time a young fellow went to the storeroom and got it for me. I never saw the Deluxe or other versions or the prices. OD's Black Friday ad came today but neither TTax nor Q are listed.
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Yes, I know. And I had assumed that's why you chose Basic. But still am I right that Basic doesn't come with a State tax module, and adding that on costs $36.99? If adding State tax could be bought for significantly less, Basic for $29.99 might be a good buy for those of use who don't live in Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, or Wyoming.

Same to me. My only real concern is the cost of adding State tax to it (even though I don't have the accounting skills you do).
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<<<<snip>>>>
A note to Ohio users:
The State of Ohio has a set of downloadable PDF's that will calculate your taxes AND file for you.
I found this a couple of years ago when I was looking for a way to file my state taxes for less than what Intuit charges, and came across these forms. I did cross check the Ohio forms with what TurboTax came up with and found no differences, so I can also get the Basic package and have confidence taht the two returns will be identical.
There may be other states which have a similar benefit.
John Carter
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Indeed. One of the states I file in offers free web filing using numbers from the Federal 1040, so I rarely buy the TTax state bundle unless it's an extra good deal.
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Arthur Conan Doyle wrote:

Just a comment is that, where I am in good 'ole NY State, the State tax forms start with the 1040 ; one enters numbers from the Fed 1040 up to the adjusted gross income; then the fun begins with NY State Additions and Subtractions, along with their version of standard deductions. The point is that for NY, one can't just use the Fed 1040 numbers by itself.
Consider yourself lucky if you can do this for a state with just the fed #s. (Consider yourself especially lucky if you don't need to file state taxes at all!)
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Hi, Andrew.

Oh, I DO! ;<)
From 1962 to 1980, I lived and practiced public accounting in California. That was mostly pre-computers, of course, and we had to fill out all those forms by hand. When the federal return was finished, our job was only half done. We had to start again from the beginning to do the California return because there were different rules for so many things. Since many of our clients were small businesses, the differing depreciation rules were special hassles and headaches.
There were many proposals to conform California taxes to federal rules, but California legislators self-righteously declared that they would not shirk their responsibility to tailor rules to fit their constituents. "Taxpayers and voters did not send us to Sacramento to simply rubber-stamp laws made in Washington!", they cried.
I haven't filed a California return in over 20 years. Have things improved there?
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Just a comment is that, where I am in good 'ole NY State, the State tax forms start with the 1040 ; one enters numbers from the Fed 1040 up to the adjusted gross income; then the fun begins with NY State Additions and Subtractions, along with their version of standard deductions. The point is that for NY, one can't just use the Fed 1040 numbers by itself.
Consider yourself lucky if you can do this for a state with just the fed #s. (Consider yourself especially lucky if you don't need to file state taxes at all!)
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