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The customer service was great. Whenever I had a problem or concern they would answer in a timely manner. No matter what I needed, all I had to do was call and my concern would be dealt with. The data security is top notch in the business. They make sure that all your important information is safe and secure. I never have to worry about a data breach and my info getting stolen. My refund came faster than I expected. I finished my taxes and submitted them through the website. They said that my refund would be in my bank account in a couple of weeks by it came in just a little over a week. The filing experience was easy to understand and follow. They gave me simple examples to use and where I could find certain information. But overall, it was easy to understand.

Customer service was decent. They did their jobs but were not very friendly. Somewhat helpful, but expected me to do most things on my own. The data security was sufficient. It was not the best available but overall I was satisfied. Could have been a little better though and more thorough. There were no problems with my refund experience. It was about the same wait as with any other service I've used and the refund was the same. The filing experience was fairly easy to understand and simple enough to use. It was similar to other services out there. I was able to complete the filing process quickly.

The customer service was okay. The only thing I would change is the amount of time it takes to get my refund and the percentage taken out by the company. They provided a secure service. I felt like my personal information and my identity were safe with them. The only thing I would change is they should make it easier for me to access my own information online. Their site isn't very user-friendly. I got a decent refund. But the percentage taken out by the company is a little high. I could have got a better rate if I had gone somewhere else. The filing experience overall was generally okay. I would use them again now that I know what to expect. I would also maybe recommend them to my family, friends, and coworkers.

I like this brand very much, I will recommend this to everyone with the same problems, and to everyone I know/have met in my life because this company is good. I will ask my friends to visit their Facebook. The filing experience is very good and I will go to their page and leave really good positive feedback on their website.

They were very understanding and patient. Took the time to listen to you and really understand things and then help, making you feel understood the whole time. Haven't had any issues or feeling that things were compromised. I would recommend, and always felt my information was safe. Received a refund quickly. Much happier with this experience than any others I've used in the past. Although I don't think anything is ever quick enough. Easy to file and make sure everything was together and in on time. Very easy to use and happy with the way everything was handled.

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Customer service were professional, friendly and knowledgeable. They were very helpful in making sure I understood the process and information pertaining to IRS processing. The data security I feel was good, I felt comfortable know my information was safe and protected in the hand of the tax audit representative. I was really impressed with the refund experience, they set the tone for when I could expect my money and it actually came before the expected date. The filing experience was easy and convenient. It was easy to electronically transfer my information, enter information and find out what my expected money was.

I think they had great customer service because when I called they help me out a great deal and answered all of my questions very well and kept asking me if I had more questions. I think they had great data security because I have not had any problems with any of my information getting in the wrong hands or the wrong people. I had a great refund experience because filling out the forms was very easy. I got my refund very quickly and I was very happy with the refund. The filing experiences very easy. You could kind of say it was 1-2 not much else to do. The forms were very easy to fill out to get them on their way.

I didn't really need to have much interaction with customer service. I was familiar with how it all worked. This was all pretty straightforward and was easy to comprehend. I felt comfortable and mostly confident in the security provided. It all seemed together and coherent. I was satisfied but also a little disappointed in the money. That is not the fault of service. It falls more on the system. The filing was user friendly and I found the experience to be smooth. I found certain sections and steps a little repetitive and redundant. Perhaps other parts could have been less wordy and more intuitive.

Many of my friends said that they are satisfied and would use the service again. The data security was average. I had heard that some people had problems in the past but I did not have any. The refund experience was fine and I didn't have any overt problems getting my refund. My filing experience was fine.

The customer service was incredible. The person I spoke with was knowledgeable, courteous, and returned my emails in record time. Customer service makes a business and was very pleased with theirs. I was informed from the start that all data was security protected. Any time I attempted to backtrack to enter additional information, I has to re-enter that information. This ensured me that my personal information was well protected. I received my refund in ample time. I also was provided a way to track the time in which I was to receive my refund. I requested it be deposited into my checking account, and it arrived as scheduled. Using the service to file my taxes was easy. The step by step instructions were helpful and easy to follow. In my experience, this was the easiest and quickest way to file.

I enjoyed their customer service. They're so kind and I appreciated their help. I felt like I could ask any question and they always had the right answers. Use all security measures as they help keep your information safe. I never worried about entering my information into their program. It was safe, easy and I was able to get information quickly and safely. My refund was significantly higher than if I did it myself and I was grateful for the program's assistance. It was easy and I still got more money back. It was very efficient and I enjoyed using the money! The filing was easier but still difficult and a little stressful. I wish there was a better system for completing this part. Filing is the most annoying part but I couldn't figure it out.

Everyone at the company was very helpful. They made me feel important and made sure all of my needs were taken care of before the conversation ended. I never had to worry at all about my information being stolen. They were very vigilant in making sure I was as secure as possible and were able to gain my trust. I had no need for a refund but as I am told they have a wonderful policy. They want to make sure they keep their customers so they do everything they can to make sure needs are met. It was a very organized filing experience. I knew where everything was and didn't need to search through piles of papers and folders to find what I needed.

Submitted my Federal and State returns in April, they were both rejected. I "fixed" both returns and resubmitted, as far as I knew both returns were accepted. Come to find out (over a month later - and way after April 15) that they had rejected both my returns again. I contacted support and they informed me that a new security update in the software was the reason, and it rejected my returns because either my name, date of birth, or address had changed since my last filing. Err, none of that has changed for over 3 years and I stated that to the support person multiple times. The only answer the support person could give me was "sorry for your inconvenience". Yeah? Tell that to the IRS now that my returns are late!!! You think they care that your company screwed me???

In conclusion... the customer service is just awful for eSmart Tax, and as they are backed by Liberty Tax I'm thinking that this is just an extension of their own craps service. I will never use eSmart or Liberty Tax again. The experience was simply awful... and I get to pay a late penalty because they refuse to accept any responsibility for their errors. Go elsewhere, or be prepared to get screwed by this ghetto company. Thanks for nothing eSmart and Liberty Tax! Appreciate it!

First year for this worthless website. First, I couldn't print my return until it as accepted by the IRS and my State. I needed a form from the State return to file my local taxes, but I had to wait. Even though I had paid for this, I was not allowed to print it. I even called and wasted 15 minutes of my time until I was finally told that I had to wait. So, my returns are accepted, I was able to print out everything I needed. Then I tried to download to my computer. I tried this lots of times and every time I got the first page and the last page. All the pages in between were blank. Still can't figure this one out.

So needless to say, I will be looking for another site next year. One that I can print my tax papers out when I pay for it and it also has to let me save it to disc. I keep all my taxes returns on my computer and backed up on a flash drive. Until this year, so I will be missing 2015 for the rest of my life. Never again eSmart Tax. You just weren't worth the trouble.

This is the worst website for interactivity and comprehension I've ever gone through. You cannot amend figures once they are saved, you have to figure out where the mistake is, delete all the info in that section and start again. Otherwise, you will try to change info over and over in vain. On top of all that, eSmart does not inform you of serious errors until you have filed and print your returns. Very poor tax prep website.

I filed both my returns. I paid $39.90, which has been charged to my bank account. An email arrived saying my taxes were submitted, then eSmart Tax about the status, I'm told I must send information that isn't pertinent to my taxes much like others' complaints.

My son tried to submit a simple tax form for a very small refund and it was rejected through this system. The company then emailed requesting personal information including a copy of a Driver's License which is not relevant to tax reporting. They said it would have to go through a verification process. This is not acceptable. We have filed through free fileable forms with no issue. The IRS can verify pertinent information themselves, they do not need a third party to do it. This company is seeking information for some other reasons. I would not trust them to do taxes for anyone. If you're in their system, I suggest deleting your account. I would report this company to the IRS. They should not be linked to the IRS website. Furthermore, simply try to get a hold of someone, where is their phone number?

eSmart Tax bought "CompleteTax." I used CompleteTax for years with no problems, the software was excellent! eSmart needs a lot of help. First, there were fields on forms that were incorrect and didn't match the IRS form. After I reported it I was told it was incorrect and they would advise IT and I would be notified within 48 hours (I still haven't heard back). After submitting all my tax information the software didn't support my state tax return. Support said I would have to go to a Liberty Tax office. The Liberty Tax office had no idea what I was talking about. They said they don't handle anything with eSmart and they would have to prepare the entire return. If you're a high school or college student with only a part-time job, this may work for you. If you have anything progressive, don't bother! I ended up paying a extra and going with TurboTax and had no problems. It supported all my tax preparation needs.

I did not file 2013 taxes, so am having troubles with the AGI (entered 0, that was rejected, created own pin, rejected, creating electronic filing pin through IRS website - didn't work and their phone line was busy). After multiple rejects to this one problem, I simply want to use a different e-filing service or mail my forms the old fashioned way!!! They have put in a request for my refund, yay! I think other e-filing services are more thorough and accurate but their customer service, at least for me, had the answers I needed!

Filed taxes with eSmart on Feb 1st 2015. I used the it' under fee file and chose a company. After filing and submitting to irs (or so I thought). I received an instant email stating I would receive another email once taxes were accepted. 2nd email never arrived. Seven days later I contacted eSmart via the online chat support and was told to send a copy of social security card, Driver's licence and a utility bill. I completed this step and contacted customer support via online chat again 24 hours later and was told it would take 5-7 days to verify information then I would receive an email that my taxes were approved to resubmit.

Contacted customer support again 7 days later and was told they would escalate my case. At this point I expressed my concerns that the company was fraudulent. The next time I tried to log in my password did not work. This company now has my entire identity in their hands and I paid for a service I did not receive. I did file my taxes with another company and was successful. I wonder how many people have been taken by this company. Very concerned. :(

Without doing adequate research, I foolishly went ahead and filed using this service. I chose the e-file option and thought everything was fine. About 1 hr. after submitting, I received an email from ESmart stating that my return had been accepted and to check WMR for further updates regarding the processing of my return. 5 days later, I checked WMR and it showed no receipt of my return. I called the IRS and the agent confirmed that they had no record of me filing.

Customer service at ESmart claimed it normally takes up to a month for the IRS to acknowledge receipt, which is false. The IRS told me it generally takes anywhere from 24-48 hrs. for them to acknowledge an e-file. I'm currently looking at using TaxSlayer or Turbo Tax now. Wish I had done my research, I would have saved myself all kinds of time and headaches....

Another reviewer made the comment that they figured they would give eSmart Tax a try since they were CCH and had their prior information. We did the same thing. Now we will have to amend our return because they don't support rental property, even though the old software did. They didn't have any warnings that they didn't support rental property, but when we contacted them (and had to wait several hours to get through on the "instant chat") they were unconcerned with that fact. We will never use them again. In a way, we didn't use them this year since we'll have to amend the return anyway. Adding insult to injury, the software is poorly designed and executed. I am an accountant and I had difficulty navigating the software, plus everything I looked up as a question went unanswered and I had to look outside of their software.

I was using Complete Tax before it became eSmartTax. I figured I would give them a try, since they already had all my info from last year. That was a waste of time and money. The new service is terrible. The itemized deduction worksheet on my state return was incorrectly calculated and resulted in the rest of the return being wrong. The error was caught by the state department, and eSmartTax has so far ignored my requests to look into it. They offer their service with full guarantee of accuracy, but the program used an outdated worksheet calculation. It is really unacceptable for a tax software to make such mistakes, and their customer service doesn't stand behind the product or the guarantee that comes with it. In short, it's unreliable, and their customer service is non-existent.

I had been using a different online tax prep service for years with no problems. That site disappeared this year, and foolishly started using eSmart Tax without adequate research.

Problem #1: while reviewing our return, a screen popped up informing us that our Federal return had been filed, even though we had hit no "Submit" or "Approve" button. We decided to wait and see what happened.

Problem #2 - we get email from eSmart that our California return had been rejected by their system(?) due to overpayment of State Disability. My wife had two W-2s, and by their own admission, their software was not set up for this. "Tier 2" Customer Support" took a few days to figure this out, and we had to resubmit our CA return.

Then Problem #3: We get a question from our auto insurance carrier about business mileage, and in order to keep the numbers in line, we check our return with eSmart, only to discover that there is only one Schedule C (under my wife's name) when we had filled out two separate C's as we have done for years. There are entries for expenses on this form that were only input for the other form, and the totals are obviously combined. They claim this is how we put the info in, but we know we did not as we would not have put those unrelated expenses under my wife's name.

Then after hours long live chat session, they say the only solution is to file an amended return, which of course their buggy software "does not support". But if I contact my local Liberty Tax office, I can get a discount! I am supposed to pay more because their software stinks? Their customer service keeps referring to the return as proof of our input, and cannot (or more likely will not) understand that the return is the result and proof of the problem. Also, it took them almost 45 minutes to understand that I could not follow their own instructions to review my return because the return had already been filed and the software (once again) won't allow a review of a filed return! These are extremely incompetent people, except when it comes to stealing your money to produce faulty returns that they make no effort to correct. They just give you a lot of circular reasoning to avoid your questions and complaints. They are among the worst services I have ever encountered.

I loved Complete Tax, but eSmart Tax has killed it. It is terrible. Last year, my old returns were not imported. This year, the UI is smoother. However, I realized before I filled that there were no questions about household employees. I have a Nanny and need to file Schedule H, which was fully supported in years past. NO LONGER. I was told via a long chat, that I could not have an employee unless I was self-employed. Clearly someone who does not understand the tax code at all. Tried to call and see if anyone in the brick and mortar stores could help and just got blown off. So frustrated that I put all the time into being a beta tester for their incomplete software.

For years I have used CompleteTax online tax prep service for filing my returns. Recently CompleteTax was sold to Liberty Tax and is now called eSmart. I never had an issue with CompleTax as it was a great service. However, my recent experience with eSmart has not been good. After filing my federal return and then printing my 1040 and schedule (which you can't do until you file your return), I noticed that my Schedule A deductions were not added correctly. After three weeks of emails and over an hour of online support chat sessions, I have received nothing but empty promises, I have yet to receive any kind of resolution from eSmart.

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Melissa Hincha-OwnbyTax Software Contributing Editor

Melissa Hincha-Ownby is a freelance writer who finds joy in doing her taxes, testing new tax software programs and sharing her experiences with others.    More about Melissa→

eSmart Tax is the online version of Liberty Tax Service's popular in-person offerings. As part of Liberty Tax Service, eSmart Tax provides several guarantees to customers including satisfaction, accuracy, biggest refunds and a lock-in guarantee. The lock-in guarantee ensures that you pay the fee you agreed to when signing up for the service, regardless of what the price is when you file your return.

  • Free audit assistance: CPA audit assistance is provided at no charge to customers that have used eSmart Tax to successfully file a federal and/or state return.
  • State-only option: Taxpayers can choose to file only a state return using eSmart Tax’s software.
  • Easy interface: eSmart Tax has an easy-to-follow, interview-style approach to preparing and filing your taxes.
  • Foreign support: eSmart Tax does not support taxpayers that are part-year residents of the United States.
  • eSmart design: The software design can be difficult at times to understand.
  • Best for Individual and Basic Filers, Families and High Income Individuals

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eSmart Tax Company Profile

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eSmart Tax
1716 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach
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United States