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

24 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. There may be many fair weather friends returning to the fold now that Apple is the darling of the dancehall. It’s not like they’re doing Mac users a favor! If this product is good, people will use it. If not, not. No mystery.

  6. I have been using Turbotax primarily because it can receive data directly from my discount broker. But I find the general interface and navigation confusing and not INTUITive at times, though. Anyone tried both and liked Taxcut better? Can the Mac version communicate well with many financial institutions?

  7. Yeah, I’ve used TT for years, and I’ve gotten totally MS’ed* to them. Does Tax Cut import TT records or vice versa? Cause TT05 blew some big chunks, and it’s all just been lipstick on an OS 9 pig for quite some time anyway.

    -c

    MW: ‘services’ (beget lock-in)

    *MS’ed (v. em-ES-ed) is a term very recently invented by Chrissy to describe the phenomenon inertia plays on computing and information technology, whereby the user becomes accustomed to a particular piece of software or other IT solution and is likely to stay with that software even if superior solutions become available, as long as said superior solution falls within an arbitrary threshold (the “MS’ed-ness”) that the user would have to overcome to switch to said solution.
    For example, if a user runs the Windows™ operating system and all her applications are written only for said system, then she has an infinite level of MS’ed-ness.
    If, however, another operating system or platform becomes available to accommodate or even replace her system, then this threshold begins to decrease. Once it has fallen to a level that enables her to change over completely to a new system, with minimal expense and effort on her part, then her MS’ed level drops to zero.

  8. H&R and Intuit are both steaming piles of crap. Hard to decide which stinks worse.

    Intuit’s Mac version of QuickBooks is inferior to their PC version. They have gone to a yearly release business model, making you pay for trivial improvements in the software. Likewise, their Mac tax preparation software costs more for less.

    It’s time for a new vendor to make a serious push into this business area, and displace these two most foul PC-centric vendors.

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