Attention taxpayers: Intuit has just brought its TurboTax tax preparation and filing software to the Mac App Store. With a free download, customers can try out the app, enter their tax information and only pay Intuit when they choose to file the return.
Those that choose to file via the application can use in-app purchases to pay for the Basic, Deluxe (which includes one state filing), and individual State packages for $29.99, $64.99, and $36.99, respectively. It should be noted, however, that users can currently save $5 off the App Store price by purchasing the Deluxe package directly from TurboTax.
Despite the price discrepancies, the introduction of a widely-used app like TurboTax to the Mac App Store is a step in the right direction for Apple’s OS X software distribution platform. The simple billing system and ease of download and installation on multiple personal Macs may entice many to pay slightly more for the convenience.
TurboTax on the Mac App Store is the latest in a string of Apple-focused efforts by Intuit. The company has long offered a native OS X app available via download or retail, and they recently introduced both online preparation and an iPad app.
TurboTax 2012 via the Mac App Store requires OS X 10.8.2 or later and a 64-bit CPU.
Thanks to The Loop for the reference.