Evaluating the Relative Merits of Commercial Tax Software

Open Access
Fisher, Rachel A
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Charles Richard Enis, Thesis Supervisor
  • Orie Edwin Barron, Honors Advisor
  • Accounting
  • Tax Software
  • Tax
It was not that many years ago that come tax filing season, most Americans would hunker down at their desks, manually enter data on paper forms with a calculator by their side, and eventually mail their income tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service. Today that image is becoming a distant memory. According to the 1040 Instructions for the 2012 tax year, “nearly 80% of all tax returns are now electronically filed.” This paper will analyze the effectiveness and merits of the three most popular commercial tax software programs: H&R Block At Home®, TaxACT®, and TurboTax®.