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I have been using Turbotax on the web for a number of years because of a deal they offered for Fidelity clients (some years were free, some were half price). I don't think there is a special deal being offered anymore so I am trying to figure out the differences/relative value of the web-based product vs. the windows based product. Anyone have any input? I assume they both have the same bells and whistles since they both have different versions such as basic, deluxe, & premier. There is a slight difference in cost - I believe filing w/the web basic version is $19.95, whereas buying the basic windows version is $29.95 w/1 free filing. I believe purchasing the windows versions also allows for a free state download, but I don't have state income tax, so I am not seeing that as an advantage.

I would assume that some people like the windows based versions better because it gives them the freedom of entering data w/out being on line. Are there other advantages as well?

On the flip side, I am assuming (please correct me if i am wrong) that using the web-based version avoids this whole "activation" fiasco that I have been reading about.

Any thoughts?

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