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Free tax advice from an expert at TurboTax

It's already December 1st! Time to trim the tree and start thinking about your taxes! Perfect timing, because today TurboTax launched TurboTax 2011 online and it's in retail stores as well.

So, you're wondering what's new with TurboTax 2011? Here are just a few highlights:

TurboTax 2011 now offers you free one-on-one tax advice, giving you unparalleled ease, accuracy and confidence when preparing your tax returns. Whether by phone or live chat, you can easily get answers to your questions from an experienced tax professional – for free!

TurboTax, the nation's leading tax software from Intuit Inc (Nasdaq: INTU), guides you through your return step by step, helping you claim every tax deduction and credit you deserve so you can be confident you get the biggest possible refund, guaranteed.

Free One-On-One Expert tax Advice

New for 2011, TurboTax offers free access to its "Ask a Tax Expert" service. This gives you personalized answers to your tax questions from an experienced tax professional by phone or live chat, so you feel even more confident that your taxes are done right.

"We're focused on making it even easier for taxpayers to get their maximum refund," said Dan Maurer, general manager of TurboTax. "Each year, many Americans needlessly overpay someone else to do their taxes. This year, TurboTax will provide one-on-one expert tax advice, giving those that need it the confidence that their tax return is done right."

TurboTax experts are highly qualified U.S. based IRS-Enrolled Agents, CPAs, or tax attorneys with extensive knowledge in tax law and tax return preparation. Available daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT, the free "Ask a Tax Expert" service is accessible through all TurboTax desktop, online, and mobile offerings.

Making it even easier for you to get the biggest possible refund, TurboTax 2011:

  • Guides you step-by-step through your tax return, getting you every deduction and credit you deserve. New improvements make it simpler to quickly enter personal information and claim important deductions and credits, such as dependents or the Earned Income Tax Credit, which could be worth as much as $5,751 per family.
  • Transfers information automatically from more than 400,000 employers, banks and financial institutions. You can gain immediate access to essential information, dramatically reducing data entry and making tax preparation easier and more accurate.
  • Offers more ways for you to quickly get your tax refund. Free IRS electronic filing gives you an easy and fast way to receive your federal tax refunds – in as little as seven days with direct deposit. No other tax service or software can get you your refund faster. You can also put your refund on the TurboTax Prepaid Visa Card.
  • Makes it even easier for you to stay informed even after you file by offering you the option to receive updates on your e-file status via text messages. In addition, if you e-file your tax return, you can track the status of your federal return with MyTaxRefund, a free app available for iPhone and Android.

Mobile Makes it Easier

TurboTax mobile apps make it easy for you to estimate your taxes, prepare and e-file your return and track your refund while on the go. TurboTax offers the nation's only start-to-finish tax apps that enable people to prepare and e-file a federal and state tax return directly from a mobile device. TurboTax Snap Tax designed for you if you have a simple return (1040EZ), lets you snap a photo of your W-2, answer a few simple questions, review for accuracy and e-file from an iPhone or Android in minutes. If you want more guidance, you can choose to prepare and e-file your taxes with TurboTax for the iPad, which combines the ease and accuracy of TurboTax with the convenience and portability of the iPad. TurboTax apps for 2011 will be available in January.

Pricing and Availability

TurboTax Online pricing starts at free for simple federal tax returns. All TurboTax Online federal and state products include e-filing at no additional cost and are now available at http://www.TurboTax.com.

TurboTax 2011 desktop products start at $29.95, including preparation and e-filing for up to five federal returns, and are available at retail stores or direct from TurboTax.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at the new TurboTax 2011 Online software. Find out how TurboTax has made it even easier to get the deductions and credits you deserve!

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