H&R Block brings back ‘TaxCut’ for Apple Mac

“Just over a year ago, H&R Block announced that it had decided to cease the development and sales of its TaxCut software for the Mac. At the time, they cited ‘small participation from Mac users’ as the reason for discontinuing the software, which may have been true since many Mac users report using TurboTax’s software instead (or, you know, actually do it on paper or go to an accountant),” Jacqui Cheng reports for Infinite Loop.

Cheng reports, “Either way, H&R Block has apparently had a change of heart on the topic, as they have now re-released TaxCut for the Mac with a new and improved version of the software.”

Full article here.

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TaxCut products for Apple Macintosh: http://www.taxcut.com/mac/index.html


  1. FSCK H&R Block for stopping their support in the first place. Macintosh market share has been increasing steadily for years now. They are either lazy, stupid, or liars or some combination thereof.

  2. There’s nothing that says “I love to have you as our customer” quite like abandonment. As crappy as Intuit’s attitude towards Mac users, they’ve stuck with us all these years. You can always look forward to an over-priced TurboTax next year that can import the tax info from last year. So if H&R decides to leave the Mac market again next year, you’d have to re-input everything into TurboTax.

  3. I don’t really understand why Tax software exists. Filing taxes is the perfect web app. I myself have been filing taxes online for 4 years now. Its easy, quick and works on any OS. It just doesn’t make any sense to have OS dependent tax software, especially as its a one use thing, which you have to replace it every year.

    So yes, I’ve been doing my Taxes on my Mac for 4 years now, with an online service, and it works very nicely thank you.

  4. We started using TaxCut when they made it free the first year it came out. We were satisfied with it until they stopped making it. We weren’t comfortable sending our information to a web site, so we used TurboTax last year. It’s not nearly as nice. I can say for sure we’ll have a copy of TaxCut for this year unless there is a problem running it on our Mac Pro.

    MDN Magic Word – blood – if you’ve got to give blood money to the government at least you can do it with your Mac

  5. Bump those mugs!

    I won’t go back unless there’s some compelling reason. After last year’s abandonment I had to use TurboTax. It sported a cleaner user interface. Plus, the 2003 H&R version was late with the final update. The product support helpline had only one person who was skilled with Macs. If they want my business, they better come a-courtin’ with flowers, candy, and some other financial incentive(s) as well.

  6. I have to disagree with those who would put H&R in the penalty box forever because of the bad business decision they made last year.

    They clearly realize they made a mistake and, to their credit, it only took them one year to reverse their decision. Moreover, by my reading, all of the H&R products are available for both platforms, unlike Intuit which has TT products that are Windows-only. I have always preferred TC over TT, and plan to buy it again.

    There will be more software products coming back to Mac as the market share increases. I think it’s better to welcome them back, as opposed to skewering them for leaving in the first place.

    My .02

  7. This is huge, even if TaxCut is a huge pile of $#!+ that no one wants. It means the rising Mac market share is getting noticed by software vendors and service providers.

    Remember, as fast the Mac’s overall market share numbers are climbing, their consumer market share is probably climbing even faster. I don’t know that anyone’s done a study of the consumer computer market, omitting sales of PCs to businesses. I would guess Apple’s share of that market is pretty decent and getting bigger really fast.

  8. While I agree with calpundit to a certain extent, in that it’s generally better to welcome returning developers than to shun them, in this particular example customers have good reason to be cautious.

    Changing from one type of financial software to another involves a great deal of effort on the part of the user. If H&R Block were able to dump Macs so readily a year ago, how are customers going to be convinced that they won’t come to a similar decision is another few years ?

    For those who have found alternatives, switching back might again not be such an attractive idea.

  9. Intuit is much more evil than H&R — Intuit DID drop all of their products for the Mac, and it took Steve Jobs to give them a sneak peek of the new iMac (back in 1998) to get Intuit to start developing for Mac again. Furthermore, Intuit charges banks EXTRA MONEY to support Mac users for online banking, and Intuit’s products have NEVER had feature parity between Mac & Windows — the Windows products are always lightyears ahead of the Mac products. INTUIT (not H&R) is one of the worst companies ever when it comes to Mac support.

  10. I agree, Intuit is a steaming pile of feces. Unfortunately I’m stuck with them since I want to use OS X native personal accounting software (as opposed to running something else that’s Windows based in Parallels/Boot Camp).

  11. i’ll never use H&R since i tried there software a couple years ago. i was ready to file the first week of Feb, but the software wouldn’t let me file until it could download the latest tax code update. well that was 3 WEEKS LATER!!! i kept waiting day after day, but kept saying update not available yet. so i just went o TurboTax Online and was done in a couple hours…

    that’s ridiculous to not have your software ready when it’s perfectly ready, time wise, to file taxes.

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