TaxAct Online vs. TaxAct Desktop (Download)

TaxAct® has two different types of products that allow you to prepare, print, and e-file your Form 1040 tax return: TaxAct Online and TaxAct Download.

With TaxAct Online, you can add multiple returns to your account; therefore, a whole family can access their returns from the same account. You will access the account and return(s) from the internet. When using the over-the-web versions, you are charged a preparation fee for the product selected at the time of printing, e-filing, or viewing a PDF copy of the return. If the product you have chosen does not fit your needs, you may be asked to upgrade. There is no additional cost to print or e-file when using the over-the-web version.

The TaxAct Download version allows for multiple returns to be prepared and up to five federal returns can be electronically filed. This program is downloaded/installed on to the hard drive of the computer being used. One 1040 State Edition is included with Desktop/Download Deluxe, Premier, and Self Employed Editions. State programs must be purchased at an additional cost with the Desktop/Download Basic Edition.

You may also import a previous-year return from TaxAct Desktop into a TaxAct Online account. To learn more, see Import Last Year's Return for more information.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.