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H&R Block Deluxe 2019 (Tax Year 2018)

PC MAGAZINE EDITORS’ CHOICE

H&R Block Deluxe 2019 (Tax Year 2018)

$29.99

4.5/5 Stars

PROS Excellent user experience. Clear navigation. Comprehensive coverage of tax topics. Top help tools. Thorough return review.

CONS Lacks linear navigation wizard and all-in-one step-through of topics.

H&R Block provides more options for personal tax preparation than any of its competitors, including in-office services, DIY software, and online applications. The company also offers a hybrid of DIY and professional prep called Tax Pro Review. We tested H&R Block Deluxe, which looks and works much like the other personal tax software in H&R Block’s lineup. The Deluxe edition focuses on W-2 and interest/dividend income and supports the Schedule A, so you can see whether itemizing this year is better than taking the doubled standard deduction. H&R Block Deluxe offers the most capable blend of tax topic coverage, usability, and taxpayer guidance, all of which earn it our Editors’ Choice for online tax preparation services.

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If you’ve ever sat in a tax preparer’s office, you’ve probably noticed that they know which questions to ask and in what order. Online personal tax preparation websites like H&R Block Deluxe work similarly, minus the human interaction. You don’t see graphical representations of tax forms as you work. Rather, these sites use wizard-like tools to display their questions. When you supply an answer, the software works in the

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