eSmart Tax Software Review

#6 in Tax Preparation Software

 

eSmart tax preparation software is the online arm of Liberty Tax, a company that specializes in providing tax preparation assistance through its thousands of local offices scattered across the country. eSmart offers 4 products each with an increasing degree of tax preparation features for those with basic to advanced tax filing requirements.   

 

Platform

Online

 

Versions

Free

Basic

Deluxe

Premium

 

Plans and Features

Free Edition

  • Recommended for simple returns
  • ACA forms
  • Free chat
  • Free tech support
  • Prior year return access
  • W-2 download
  • Credit maximizer
  • Child and dependent care
  • Competitor import
  • Import last year’s info
  • State tax preparation
  • State returns ($9.95)

 

Basic Edition ($14.95)

  • Recommended for families
  • All Free Edition features
  • Itemized deductions
  • Health savings accounts
  • Interest and ordinary income
  • State returns ($26.95)

 

Deluxe Edition ($24.95)

  • Recommended for investors
  • All Basic Edition features
  • Sole proprietor income
  • Self-employment income
  • State returns ($26.95)

 

Premium Edition (39.95)

  • Recommended for business owners
  • All Deluxe Edition features
  • Depreciation
  • Business expenses
  • Home/ office deductions
  • Income from rental/ real estate
  • Gain, profit and loss, corporation
  • Sale of home
  • State returns ($26.95)

 

Features

eSmart lets you work with previous online tax returns from a variety of tax preparation software. This makes it easy for you to switch to their services without requiring major work to re-enter your previous information. eSmart has also made strides in improving user interface, the walkthrough process is now friendlier and overall costumer experience improved.  

 

Federal Tax Preparation (Free)

State (additional fees required)

 

Data import

  • Previous year’s tax returns
  • W-2 and 1099
  • Import tax forms from other services

 

Accuracy

  • 100% accuracy guarantee
  • Tax filling errors alerts
  • Tax reviews

 

Refunds

  • Direct deposit to your bank account
  • Use deductions to pay for tax preparation services

 

Support Services

Expert support available

Live chat support

Email

 

eSmart Tax Preparation Software Summary

While eSmart tax preparation services do not particularly standout from its major competitors, its big advantage could be seen in its numerous retail locations that lets tax payers work personally with tax professionals. This service is provided by its partner Liberty Tax. Live chat and its online resources could give first time tax filers an easier time accomplishing their tax returns. 

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