Best Tax Software for 2022: TurboTax, H&R Block, Cash App Taxes, Plus Deals and Discounts

Our top-rated picks will help you file your taxes quickly and accurately to maximize your refund.

With about two weeks to go until this year's tax deadline -- April 18, 2022 -- it's a great time to get started on filing your return. 

More than 50 million Americans have already received their tax refunds, and you can expect get yours in around three weeks -- if you file electronically with direct deposit.

Tax changes and the COVID-19 pandemic have made taxes as complicated as ever, and the IRS' organizational disarray have created even more potential headwinds -- especially if you need help or have questions. 

The best tax software can help you move through the process quickly and comprehensively,  taking advantage of deductions and maximizing your potential refund.

TurboTax, H&R Block, Cash App Taxes, Jackson Hewitt, TaxSlayer, TaxAct and FreeTaxUSA all make our list of best tax software this year. 

Read on to learn more about features, experience and prices to decide which could work best for you.

It's also worth noting that many tax software companies continue to offer up deals and discounts. 

Get the latest news on those from CNET's Tax Day 2022 deal and discount tracker.

TurboTax by Intuit is our clear front-runner for good reason. The software combines tax expertise and an easy user experience with an accessible interface. 

TurboTax guides you deftly through the process of completing your tax return, never asking for information you've already given or that doesn't apply to your tax situation.

When questions arise, information is quickly at hand.

Four TurboTax products -- Basic, Deluxe, Premier and Self-Employed -- cover the range of taxpayers.

We recommend the Deluxe level at $78 for most filers if your taxes are even slightly complicated, but if you know you don't qualify for most deductions or credits, stick with Basic for free.

Expert support from TurboTax Live can supplement any of the TurboTax products, as can TurboTax Audit Defense. TurboTax's comprehensive benefits come with a higher price tag than other tax software, but peace of mind could be worth the cost.

H&R Block compares well with our top pick, TurboTax, and it shines in its Free Online version, which covers simple returns as well as deductions for student loans and tuition fees -- a perfect fit for filers without complicated tax situations who also want educational tax breaks. 

While not as smooth as TurboTax, H&R Block features a well-designed, interview-style system that helps users sidestep potential mistakes. Help screens and FAQs are comprehensive, though not as easy to access.

H&R Block's Online Assist -- an add-on that costs $40 for Free Online and Deluxe and $60 for Premium and Self-Employed -- provides virtual tax assistance from a professional online, including screen sharing to show exactly where you're stuck.

A nifty photo capture lets you quickly upload your W-2 to H&R Block and get your tax return rolling. Its online software also lets you upload files like multiple 1099 forms, schedules A and C, gifts to charity and medical expenses, among a list of many items.

One big appeal of H&R Block is the existence of brick-and-mortar offices. If you decide midway through your online tax return that you'd rather not do it yourself, H&R Block has about 9,000 offices across the US to set up an appointment or drop off your taxes for a professional to complete.

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