2020's Tax
Software Winners

This year's best tax software makes filing refreshingly fast and easy. Check out 2020's best options and why we love them.

Best Tax Software for Simple Returns

H&R Block Free
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  • Works for more potential free filers since it handles more IRS forms.
  • Clean and clear interface, with a friendly interview process and helpful explanations.
  • Peace of mind is available (at a cost) via live online access to tax pros or thousands of brick-and-mortar locations.
  • Works for more potential free filers since it handles more IRS forms.
  • Clean and clear interface, with a friendly interview process and helpful explanations.
  • Peace of mind is available (at a cost) via live online access to tax pros or thousands of brick-and-mortar locations.
Why this Software made the list

H&R Block Free handles simple returns and then some, supporting more forms and deductions than the competition at no extra cost.

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Best Tax Software for Beginning Itemizers

H&R Block Deluxe
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on H&R Block's website

Start your return

on H&R Block's website

  • Among entry-level paid software, no other package can match it across usability, features, support and price.
  • Clean and clear interface, with a friendly interview process and helpful explanations.
  • Peace of mind is available (at a cost) via live online access to tax pros or thousands of brick-and-mortar locations.
  • Among entry-level paid software, no other package can match it across usability, features, support and price.
  • Clean and clear interface, with a friendly interview process and helpful explanations.
  • Peace of mind is available (at a cost) via live online access to tax pros or thousands of brick-and-mortar locations.
Why this Software made the list

H&R Block Deluxe's mix of features and support at a good price makes it an ideal starting point if your tax situation is a little more than simple.

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