Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Coming in at #6 this year is TaxEngine Federal and State, from RedGear Technologies. This Tax Software is a good choice for anybody looking to file more than the standard 1040 EZ. TaxEngine has been re-designed this year and at the time of this review, kept TaxEngine from making the top 5.
TaxEngine’s navigation is very much like those ranked in the top five Online Tax Sites, including a guided interview process, where you answer all your tax-related questions and TaxEngine fills out the proper forms. You can even get a peek at the actual forms while you fill out the questionnaires or wait until you are finished and print copies for your own records. TaxEngine also fills in the proper amounts for Social Security and Medicare wages and taxes based on income, which saves time and toil.
The only minor drawback to navigation we found was when entering dates, phone numbers, and social security numbers. TaxEngine wants them all in a particular format and isn’t flexible enough to allow for forward slashes instead of hyphens or numbers without symbols altogether. Most other online tax sites auto-correct entries without scolding the user. Again, not a major obstacle, but annoying, nonetheless.
TaxEngine has a handy, printable checklist that instructs you on which files, forms and information you need before you get started. Visually, TaxEngine makes it clear what needs to be filled out and where, and we found it easy to complete the interview process. While email support is always available, we found it a little difficult to access the online help, and a search feature would have been helpful at times.
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Signing up was easy; we were up and running in a minute. All that’s needed is a valid email address, you pick a user name, and choose a secret question and answer combination, and you’re set.
TaxEngine has many of the features of the veteran online tax preparation services, and at the low price of $19.95 for Federal, $10 for State returns, and free E-filing, you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you need a lot of help, their email response is fast, but it’s nice to have more in-depth FAQs and a searchable help database, which TaxEngine lacks. With a few additions and tweaks, TaxEngine will be a great choice.