TaxAct 2017 Basic Edition

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Never get stumped by a tax question. Search for the fastest answers in the Answer Center, or contact us for free tax & technical support when you need it.

Reduce your audit risk with TaxAct Alerts

TaxAct inspects your return for errors and omissions that could increase your risk of an audit, and finds valuable tax-saving opportunities you may have missed.

Perfect for your unique situation

Get everything you need to file your simple return, including prior year import and live support. TaxAct Basic saves you time and provides extra help so you can file your return easy & fast.

Import options to save time

Transfer vital personal data from last year's tax return, including information required for IRS e-file. Plus, minimize errors by importing your W-2 information and more!

Essential tax tips & strategies

TaxTutor Guidance provides expert tax tips & strategies as you move through your return, including money-saving deductions, simple explanations, and pitfalls to avoid.

Extra guidance for life changes

TaxAct Life Events will help you get the biggest income tax deductions possible with personalized life tips that appear as you complete your return.

Free Amended Tax Returns

Need to amend your IRS return? File Form 1040X at any time - no upsells or upgrades required.

Finish your state return in minutes

Your federal information automatically flows into your state tax forms so you can finish and file your state return in minutes!

Step-by-step guidance for maximum refund

Your return is guaranteed 100% accurate, and you'll get your maximum refund the fastest way possible with e-file.


Navigate your return on your terms. Simply Bookmark a question to return to it at any time.

My Forms

Get a personalized view of the forms and schedules included in your return. Easily add copies of needed documents and view your in-progress forms.

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Included IRS Tax Forms:

Individual Income Tax Return–Short Form
Individual Income Tax Return–Short Form
Estimated Tax Payment Worksheet
Form 1040 Payment Voucher
Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
Application for Tentative Refund
Health Insurance Marketplace Statement
Distributions from Retirement Plans
Application for Extension of Time for Payment of Tax Due to Undue Hardship
Refund Due a Deceased Person
Identity Theft Affidavit
Multiple Support Declaration
Child & Dependent Care Expenses
Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative
Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File
Information Return of U.S. Persons with Respect to Certain Foreign Corporations
Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by Custodial Parent
Injured Spouse Allocation
Tax Transmittal for E-File
Nondeductible IRAs
Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income
Qualified 2016 Disaster Retirement Plan Distributions and Repayments
Qualified 2017 Disaster Retirement Plan Distributions and Repayments
Premium Tax Credit
Health Coverage Exemptions
Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
W-7 (COA)
Certificate of Accuracy for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
Exclusion of Interest from Series EE & I U.S. Savings Bonds Issued After 1989
Change of Address
Info. to Claim EIC After Disallowance
Education Credits
Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions
Allocation of Refund (Including Bond Purchases)
Tuition and Fees Deduction
Installment Agreement Request
FinCEN Form 114
Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts
Employee's Withholding Allowance

Included Tax Schedules:

Interest and Ordinary Dividends
Earned Income Credit
Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled
NOL Carryover
Summary of Shareholder's Income From Foreign Corporation
Child Tax Credit
Accumulated E&P of Controlled Foreign Corp.
Transactions Between Controlled Foreign Corp.'s and Shareholders
Organization, Reorganization, Acquisition and Disposition
International Boycott Factor
Specifically Attributable Taxes and Income
Tax Effect of the International Boycott Provisions
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$100k Accuracy Guarantee: If you pay an IRS or state penalty or interest because of a TaxAct calculation error, we'll pay you the difference in the refund or liability up to $100,000. This guarantee applies only to errors contained in our software; it doesn't apply to errors the customer makes. It also only applies to returns that are e-filed by taxpayers preparing their own tax returns using TaxAct's Consumer 1040 products (those located at Find out more about our $100k Accuracy Guarantee.

Maximum Refund Guarantee: If an error in our software causes you to receive a smaller refund or larger tax liability than you receive using the same data with another tax preparation product, we will pay you the difference in the refund or liability up to $100,000 and refund the applicable software fees you paid us. This guarantee only applies to returns that are e-filed by taxpayers preparing their own tax returns using our Consumer 1040 products (those located at

Satisfaction Guarantee: If you are not 100% satisfied with any TaxAct product, you may stop using the product prior to printing and/or filing your return. We are unable to refund fees after you print or e-file your return.

TaxAct Tax Support

Access to a tax specialist is available for an additional charge. Specialists are available to provide general customer help and support using TaxAct consumer and business products. Service, area of expertise, experience levels, wait times, hours of operation and availability vary, and are subject to restriction and change without notice. Further assistance may be available as an upgrade to customer’s current product for an additional charge.

Free Filing

The TaxAct Online 2020 Free Edition makes free federal available for simple returns only. Not everyone has a simple return. Find out if you have a simple return and more about what the 2020 Free Edition includes.

Start Free and File Free

File free with TaxAct's Online 2020 Free Edition. Find out more about free product. For all other products, you can start free and pay only when you file. This means you will not be charged if you decide to stop using any product prior to printing and e-filing.

Edition Pricing

*Actual prices are determined at the time of payment, print or e-file and are subject to change without notice. Add sales tax for applicable orders. Offers may end at any time and promotional offers may not be combined.

Over 80 Million Returns Filed

Based on e-filed federal returns through TaxAct Consumer and TaxAct Professional software since 2000.

Displayed Refund Amounts

Depiction of refund amounts are illustrative and not based on actual customers.

Quick Start Options

Quick start options include PDF import, prior year import, and W-2 photo capture. To import your prior year return, you must either have a PDF copy of a return available or have filed your return the previous year with TaxAct. To capture your W-2 with a camera with your phone, you must be able to download and install TaxAct's mobile app and grant it the necessary camera and image privileges. To ensure accuracy, we will ask you to review any information we're able to import (either through PDF import, prior year import, or W-2 photo capture) and review it for accuracy. These quick start options save time by not requiring you to enter some of your information manually.

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