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Intuit is pushing their "Deduction Maximizer", as well as their Deluxe and Premium versions of Turbotax.

A (what I hope is a) simple question:
Do I really need anything more than the Basic version if all we're dealing with is regular W2's, a kid in college living at home, a regular mortgage w/regular interest, and no non-retirement investments? No medical deductions, etc.

Very few people need anything more than the Basic version, except if they have a state return to file in which case, the next level up, which contains the state return as well, is appropriate. All the more expensive versions offer are more sophisticated help files and interview modules for those who are less knowledgable about the intricacies of their personal tax situation.

The two exceptions are TurboTax Home and Business, which you need if you have to issue W-2s or 1099s to employees/contractors, and TurboTax Business, if you have to file a return for a partnership/S-Corp/trust, etc.


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