TaxACT(R) Launches Tablet App for Free Tax Preparation on Tablet, Web or Both

Thu Nov 1, 2012 4:15pm EDT

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  CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, Nov 01 (Marketwire) -- 
TaxACT 2012 Free Federal Edition is now available as an app for iPad(R)
and Android(TM) tablets. The tablet app gives all taxpayers another
convenient way to do their federal taxes free, securely and accurately --
anytime, anywhere.

    TaxACT is the first to offer a mobile tax preparation app allowing users
secure access to returns through the tablet app and a browser via TaxACT
Online(R) with the same username and password. Unlike tablet and
smartphone tax preparation apps for 2011 returns, TaxACT users can create
a return through either the tablet app or online at www.taxact.com, and
then use both locations interchangeably.

    Tablet owners don't have to download the app to use TaxACT. All TaxACT
Online products are optimized for tablet browsers. 

    An updated version of the app with 2012 IRS forms will be released in
early January, along with final versions of TaxACT Online and download
2012 federal and state products. E-file will also be available in
January. 

    In the meantime, taxpayers can use the current version (Preview) of
TaxACT 2012 Free Federal Edition to estimate their federal taxes for
year-end tax planning and get an early start on returns due April 15,
2013.

    Like the web-based and download versions, the TaxACT Free Edition tablet
app includes:


--  All e-fileable forms for simple and complex returns
--  3 guarantees -- maximum refund, 100% accuracy and satisfaction
--  Unlimited tax help in the Answer Center, online and directly from
    TaxPayer Support Specialists via email
--  Notification of e-file status in your return, online, via TaxACT
    Central (free companion app for smartphones), plus options for email
    and SMS text updates
--  Guidance for 1 Life Event plus hurricanes and other disasters
--  College Financial Aid Worksheet with required tax data for FAFSA
--  Alerts and Examiners to warn of potential errors and tax-savings
    opportunities
--  Free Audit Assistant
--  Fast and easy State return for as little as $14.95 (price at the time
    of registration becomes the guaranteed price when filing)
    


    

Tablet app users can upgrade to TaxACT Deluxe risk-free at any time.
Deluxe product payment isn't required until users file, access phone
support or preview tax forms. Like Free Federal Edition, users can
create, prepare and e-file Deluxe returns through the tablet app and
browsers with the same username and password. 

    TaxACT Deluxe includes import of last year's TaxACT return and extra tax
tools and help, including: 


--  W-2, investment and GainsKeeper(R) data imports, plus fast data
    entry
--  TaxTutor Guidance with new tax tips, explanations and hints written by
    TaxACT CPAs and accountants
--  Preview of completed tax forms upon product payment
--  Donation Assistant(R) with audit-backed values for maximizing
    deductions for donations
--  Unlimited tax and technical help by phone upon product payment
    


    

Users can switch to and from the tablet app and browser to prepare
Free Edition, Deluxe or State returns; however, the location of product
payment is where users must e-file or print returns.

    Learn more about TaxACT's tablet app and link to the stores to download
at http://www.taxact.com/mobile-taxes/income-tax-tablet-app/.

    About TaxACT 
 TaxACT, made by 2nd Story Software(R), is the critically
acclaimed leader of affordable digital and download tax preparation
solutions for consumers, business owners and tax professionals. In the
2005 tax season, TaxACT became the first to offer free federal tax
software and free e-file to all U.S. taxpayers. TaxACT has been the 2nd
most visited online destination for tax preparation services for the past
seven consecutive years(1). Since 2000, TaxACT Online has assisted with
more than 38 million e-filed federal returns. TaxACT is a business of
Blucora(TM) (NASDAQ: BCOR). Learn more about TaxACT at www.taxact.com and
www.taxact.com/press. 

    (1) According to collective week end reports for taxact.com and
taxactonline.com released by Hitwise(TM) during the 2005, 2006, 2007,
2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 tax seasons.

    
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Jessi Dolmage 
TaxACT Public Relations 
(319) 373-3600 X2193 
pr@taxact.com 

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