TurboTax is easy to understand as is H&R Block, but H&R Block allows you to import information from TurboTax, which would make things easier when enter your personal information and income. However, you cannot import information to TurboTax from H&R Block. Both have question formats and provide explanations of questions. You can import financial information from Quicken and other software programs into TurboTax and H&R Block.
The error-check feature for both programs is easy to use and allows you to run a check to see whether you have any errors that could create an alert or red flag by the IRS. If you have any errors, you are taken to that specific error and guided through the process to make the correction.
Speed of Acceptance
TurboTax sends an email to you right away saying that it has received your returns and is forwarding them to the appropriate government agency. H&R Block has a slower response time; your acceptance email can take a day to reach you.
Within one of two days of receiving your return, TurboTax emails you that your return was accepted or denied by the government. H&R Block emails you a link to visit the website to see your notifications.
H&R Block and TurboTax have the option for free efile under certain conditions. For TurboTax, your adjusted gross income must be $30,000 or less, you must qualify for the earned income credit, or you must be in the military. H&R Block has an AGI of $56,000 or less and you must be under the age of 50 years old. If you don't qualify for free efile, H&R Block costs more than TurboTax. The state returns cost more at H&R Block compared with TurboTax.
The help section for TurboTax is available 24/7 and you can ask as many questions as you like. H&R Block regulates how many times you can use free help.