H&R Block At Home

Version2012(as of 5/20/2014)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:1.7  |  16 Votes

Main Features

  • "Do-It-Yourself" model
  • Step-by-step guide for tax return preparation
  • Built-in expertise that searches for the maximum refund
  • Updated annually for tax code compliance
  • Data import various financial software programs

Software Overview

H&R Block At Home is a tax preparation program used to complete and file United States federal and state tax returns. It includes step-by-step instructions that guide users through the tax return process. Once a return is complete, users may print and mail their tax forms or file the return electronically online. H&R Block releases a new edition of At Home each year to comply with tax codes for the current tax season. Therefore, software installed for one tax year is not valid for completing tax returns for a subsequent tax year.

At Home advertises a “Do-It-Yourself” model so that ordinary users can file tax returns without the need for professional tax help. By performing error checks and tax validation, At Home provides confidence that returns are compliant with tax regulations. It also leverages built-in expertise to search for the maximum refund. H&R Block provides several At Home versions that tailor to the needs of different user groups, including personal users, homeowners and investors, the self-employed, and rental property owners. Each version incrementally adds new features to meet the growing needs of each user group. At Home also provides the Smart Import feature, which allows users to import tax information from previous versions of At Home, or from TurboTax, Quicken, Microsoft Money, or any financial software package that exports to .TXF (Tax Exchange Format) files. When these files are imported, At Home automatically enters data into the user tax forms with the provided information.

The At Home user interface provides a step-by-step questionnaire that walks users through the tax return process. The interface is structured by multiple tabs that help prepare different types of tax forms. While completing a tax return, each section may temporarily be left incomplete, and users may continue where they left off at a later time. The interface provides help tools and the status of current federal and state refunds, which are updated in real-time as users complete the tax return forms. Once all forms are complete, At Home validates the tax return and submits any detected errors. When users have fixed the errors, they may select the File tab to electronically file or print their tax return documents.

At Home users are comprised of various federal and state taxpayers who file taxes for personal income, self-employment, investments, and rental properties. These taxpayers benefit from the “Do-It-Yourself” model, which can save money instead of hiring professionals to complete tax returns. At Home is a good option for users looking to complete and file their taxes on the United States federal and state level.

Primary File Type

file  icon.T12At Home 2012 Tax Return

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.T12At Home 2012 Tax Return
.T02TaxCut 2002 File
.T03TaxCut 2003 File
.T04TaxCut 2004 File
.T05TaxCut 2005 Tax Return
.T06TaxCut 2006 Tax Return
.T07TaxCut 2007 Tax Return
.T08TaxCut 2008 Tax Return
.T09At Home 2009 Tax Return
.T10At Home 2010 Tax Return
.T11At Home 2011 Tax Return
Updated 5/20/2014