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We offer the TaxACT Consumer 1040 program in two different formats. We offer TaxACT Online (Over the Web) and TaxACT Desktop (Download/CD-ROM). We have provided information regarding the format differences and the programs available for each below.

TaxACT Online (Over the Web)

The TaxACT Online (Over the Web) format is intended to be used for one taxpayer's return. Each taxpayer needs to create a unique Username and Password. The account is accessed by choosing to sign in on our website. When using TaxACT Online, you are charged for the use of the product you have selected to use. You will be charged for the product at the time you choose to print, view a PDF copy of the return, electronically file the return(s) or receive technical or taxpayer support via the phone. There is not an additional fee to print or e-file the return. We have listed the pricing structure below:

Free Federal Edition
  • Federal Software = FREE
  • State Add-On = $17.95
  • E-Filing = FREE
Deluxe Federal Edition
  • Federal Software = $12.95
  • State Add-On = $9.00
  • E-Filing = FREE
Ultimate Bundle (Deluxe + State)
  • Federal and State Software = $21.95
  • E-Filing = FREE
Note: You may add an additional state program to any of the products listed above. Each additional state add-on is $17.95.

Where applicable: If you choose to file a state special return (i.e.: Minnesota Property Tax, California LLC, New York Schedule C, or an amended state return), an additional charge of $17.95 will apply.

TaxACT Desktop (Download/CD-ROM)

Whether you are preparing just your own return or if you are assisting a few of your family members with their tax returns, one of the TaxACT Desktop programs should meet your needs. The TaxACT Desktop program is downloaded/installed on to the hard drive of your computer. As the desktop program can be used to prepare multiple returns, there is an additional charge to file electronically. There is not an additional charge to print returns. We have listed the pricing structure below:

Free Federal Edition
  • Federal Software = FREE
  • Federal Electronic Filing = FREE
  • State Software = $14.95
  • State Electronic Filing = $7.95
Deluxe Federal Edition
  • Federal Software = $12.95*
  • Federal Software + 5 E-Files = $19.95**
  • Federal Electronic Filing = $7.95*
  • State Software = $14.95
  • State Electronic Filing = $7.95
Ultimate Bundle (Deluxe + State)
  • Federal and State Software = $21.95
  • Federal and State + 5 Federal E-Files = $28.95**
  • Federal Electronic Filing = $7.95*
  • State Electronic Filing = $7.95
*One Federal electronic filing is included free of charge.  If you wish, you can upgrade your current year Deluxe program to include 5 FREE E-files.  The upgrade cost is $7.00.
**If you purchase the Deluxe + 5 E-Files, this includes the option to e-file five federal returns for FREE. 

A maximum of five federal returns can be electronically filed with TaxACT Deluxe Desktop program. The additional four federal e-files are $7.95 each if you did not purchase the Deluxe upgrade that includes the five free e-files. Each state electronic filing is $7.95 and you are limited to five. You can also prepare and print and unlimited number of returns.

Note: The TaxACT Desktop Free Federal Edition only allows for the preparation of one return.

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