I’ve purchased a shrink-wrapped copy of Turbo Tax every year for the last five years or so. I was going to do it again this year, but Joe told me to try their Web-based version (same link as above).
I’ve known about Turbo Tax for the Web, but I’ve always been a little leery of it because (1) filing my taxes is a pretty complicated affair, usually; and (2) I was always nervous about losing data, with the Web being such a crude editing environment and all.
But I procrastinated enough that tonight I decided to give it a shot out of a sincere lack of desire to drive to Office Max and pick up a copy of the “real thing.”
I hereby proclaim Turbo Tax for the Web as the greatest Web app I have ever used. I gave up trying to figure out how they were doing things about halfway through. Shortly after that, I promptly forgot I was using a Web app rather than shrink-wrapped, installed software, which is amazing because I can’t think of a more tedious, error-prone affair than filing a tax return. That means I can’t think of a process less well-suited for translation to the Web than filing a tax return. Yet, it worked beautifully.
The whole experience just…flowed. I couldn’t tell the difference between when a segment of the page swapped out via Ajax, and when the entire page reloaded (did it ever? I can’t say I could tell…).
Fantastic tool. Hats off to Intuit. If you haven’t filed yet (three days to go…), give it a shot. You can test drive it all you want — even to the point of completing your entire return — and you only have to pay if you decide to file.