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H&R Block At Home Deluxe+State eFile FREE *it's back*, Premium+State Program $19.95

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Last Edited by estoyloco February 9, 2013 at 05:35 AM
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This post includes an ISO made from H&R Block CD in mail program, it is not pirated or illegal.
In fact both the disc cover and installation states "pass it along to a friend" or "Pass the savings on to friends and family!"
You also do not get any keys with this ISO. What this does it allows you to install and purchase H&R Block At Home at a promotion price.

You do get a personalized KEY in your email from H&R after you purchase.

TO ALL:

The original promotion Deluxe for $4.95, Deluxe+State Program for $9.95, Premium for $19.95 is reported to be still working.
$.95 Deluxe+State is reported to be still working.
FREE Deluxe+State efile is reported to be still working
See post 563 for instructions
Note: You may have to disable your LAN during some of the processes, if you keep getting offer expired message. Just reconnect before you click the "Register/Purchase" button.


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As originally posted - To get Premium+State Program for $19.95, Deluxe+State Program for $9.95, Deluxe for $4.95
Download the ISO at: http://sdrv.ms/Txu9nT
Unzip it to a folder, mount it, or burn it to a CD
Once you get to the product select screen and where you fill out your order details (name, address, payment, etc.)
Press the X to close out the application.
It will prompt you for a $5 off offer if you accept to buy

To get Deluxe or Deluxe+State Program for $.95
Download the ISO at: http://sdrv.ms/Txu9nT
Unzip it to a folder
Follow steps in post 74

To get Deluxe+State eFile for FREE
Download the ISO at: http://sdrv.ms/Txu9nT
Unzip it to a folder
Follow steps in post 391
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Last Edited by disk March 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Quote from copierguy View Post :
These people are the ones who made me hesitant to post the original $0.95 instructions. Any deal they can kill, they will kill. Lets say you absolutely did not trust the ISO originally posted, why not just hang out and wait with your code until the deal dies and THEN CALL and ask for a copy of the application. No, call immediately and see how quickly you can kill the deal for others. Of course, while on hold killing the deal, post a question that has been posted 10 times before and you could get an answer to by searching the thread.

The one thing that the callers may have confirmed for us is that registration is being held up somewhere. Yes, you can do the free deal but the code never gets emailed to you and apparently their support folks don't have record of it which makes me think they have put a little hold on fully completing the registration. Not to create a scare but they may have put the brakes on registration so that they can review everything. I would say until you get that email and the "purchase" shows up in their system you can not be assured you have a working key come time to file your taxes.

Nope. $0.95 option is still working. (20:18, 1/4/2013). EXPRIED as of 0600 05JAN13

Deal for the free version is back on again, see post #563. (20:55 EST, 1/4/2013)
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I hate to do this since I know someone will have to kill it but here goes. Its on again...

The free one still works with a little trick. Change the XML file as detailed (post #391) and then before you actually run TCAUTO.EXE disable your network controller or just remove the cable which gives you internet access. Open a web browser and make sure the connection is gone. Now, run TCAUTO.EXE. When the video comes up about the free app, click on the link for the free one and then enter your details. Before you click the Register link, reconnect to the internet and confirm you are connected by opening a web browser. The H&R Block software will offer to upsell you the higher version, skip that and then continue on to get a confirmation of your free "purchase". Just did this at about 8:40PM EST. Got the email a few minutes after confirming the "purchase".
from Wichard20 in post #627...
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hey all....do at your own risk but anyone who has ran the software before and can not get the register screen (the install screen comes up instead) to come up to sign up for a free key again....

open up your registry and delete HKCU\Software\GoDirect

Only delete the GoDirect key. Once deleted I got the register screen again. I pulled up process explorer and went through and found all the files/registry keys the tcauto.exe would access. Took some searching but this one was the ticket. You still need to prevent internet access for the screen to come up. Once you signup, you can signup again if you need another key once you delete that registry key.


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How to get it free ... detailed instructions
Got HR Deluxe (State+Fed) for FREE. Confirmed working.

Hopefully this helps someone:
1. Download the ISO (Thanks OP, http://sdrv.ms/Txu9nT)
2. Download 7-Zip (thanks to estoyloco)
3. Extract ISO to a folder on your desktop. Name the folder Block (just an example) (thanks to copierguy)
4. Unhide files and folder if needed. (thanks to copierguy)
7. Go to Block folder and open Folder XML
8. Rename "application.xml" to "application_old.xml"
9. Paste the attached file "application.zip" in the folder XML and unzip the file in the XML folder(Thanks to pacohaas in Post 391, http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=56606602&postcount=391)
10. Disconnect Internet (Thanks to copierguy in Post 563)
11. Now run tcauto.exe (Right-Click 'Run as administrator' if Win7)
12. Close the demo video, select the free option, fill in your details (thanks to copierguy)
13. Before you click "Register", connect to Internet and check by opening a webpage (thanks to copierguy)
14. Click register, ignore upsell, and Done! (thanks to copierguy)
15. If you want more than one key, run "regedit", go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\GoDirect and delete "GoDirect" (http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=56634910&postcount=627)
16. Restart from step 10.

I think it might be time to call this one. Confirmation emails are not coming out and the "purchases" are not showing up in support systems on the H&R side. Obviously I cannot confirm time of death here but all signs are pointing in that direction. My last attempt to confirm the free deal worked and got me a code but no email from 21:00EST 1/5/2013.

Emails just started rolling in for orders from ~24/25 hours ago. This may well still be on.

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H&R Block At Home Deluxe+State eFile FREE (check out the latest information in Wiki and the thread)
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To Install HR Block on a second computer:

Quote from edog11 View Post :
You can run tcauto then click on help center(upper right of screen). This will give an option to install on 2nd PC. Click on that and enter activation ID and last 4 digits of credit card used to purchase(if it was free enter 0000).
However if you do not have your activation ID you will not be able to do this. I did not get an activation ID in my e-mail and was unable to look it up using last four digits of credit card as 0000. Also, H&R Block won't let you run their installer directly, instead saying "Please use TCAuto.exe to install H&R Block tax software." To bypass this go to the installers directory on the CD and run the following command as administrator:
Code:
HRBlock_Deluxe+Efile+State_2012_CD.exe /vRun=/DTS
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#1096
Quote from shysnow View Post :
Hi,
I followed the instruction in post #2, but I am stuck in the step #11 below.
11. Now run tcauto.exe (Right-Click 'Run as administrator' if Win7)
It made only an empty rectangular box and does not do anything.
Does anybody know how it can be fixed?
I think I had the same problem. Try this.
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#1097
Quote from omarsdali View Post :
I think I had the same problem. Try this.
No luck with that method...
It still shows blank box...
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#1098
BEWARE: You'll get what you pay for ....shake head

I received the free disk H&R Block Deluxe and State in the mail around Xmas from H&R Block. Finally got around to trying it out. My taxes aren't too complicated but I do have 2 kids in college. I used the free version and the numbers came out a little different than last year, even though nothing has changed. So I was suspicious. Also H&R Crock did not fill out the IRS form 8863 (Education Credits) correctly, answering some important questions randomly without my input. When I tried to edit the mistakes it wouldn't let me efile.

Broke down and bought TT. Using TurboTax Deluxe, used the exact same numbers, TurboTax saved me about $1500.

Maybe having 2 kids in college makes it complicated or the forms are not fully accurate yet and maybe a future update will correct it in March, but this is a big mistake.

Be careful H&RCrock does not currently fill out IRS form 8863 correctly and does not calculate the Education Credits/Lifetime Learning Credits/College Tuition& Fess deductions to your advantage. For very simple tax situations it should be OK.
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#1099
Went to E-file today and the federal page has the key code for a free E-file my stage file page does not have a place to put the key code and wants me to pay the 19.95. I double checked that I'm using the right key code which entitles both federal and state e-files for free. Anyone else have this happen?
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#1100
I installed on two computers:
One with federal and NY as non-resident
another one with federal and NJ resident and if i use the one from the previous one to get NJ state tax , it says it needs NY and pay $39.99 , is there a way to overcome?
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#1101
Quote from arm&hammer View Post :
BEWARE: You'll get what you pay for ....shake head

I received the free disk H&R Block Deluxe and State in the mail around Xmas from H&R Block. Finally got around to trying it out. My taxes aren't too complicated but I do have 2 kids in college. I used the free version and the numbers came out a little different than last year, even though nothing has changed. So I was suspicious. Also H&R Crock did not fill out the IRS form 8863 (Education Credits) correctly, answering some important questions randomly without my input. When I tried to edit the mistakes it wouldn't let me efile.

Broke down and bought TT. Using TurboTax Deluxe, used the exact same numbers, TurboTax saved me about $1500.

Maybe having 2 kids in college makes it complicated or the forms are not fully accurate yet and maybe a future update will correct it in March, but this is a big mistake.

Be careful H&RCrock does not currently fill out IRS form 8863 correctly and does not calculate the Education Credits/Lifetime Learning Credits/College Tuition& Fess deductions to your advantage. For very simple tax situations it should be OK.
what exactly educational credit? is there any income limit to avail that as I enterer the number and it says i am not eligible for any expenses spent on kid's education
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#1102
if you have eset smart security 6 installed and you are getting "SSL Error: bad server certificate or incorrect PC date" when trying to download your state program through H&R Block you will need to either disable the ESET SSL filter or set it to ask about validity. Took me almost an hour trying to figure out what the cause was as I thought H&R block was corrupted on installation.
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#1103
Hey just wanted to thank the OP and the Wiki. The free version instructions still works. Except I didnt need 7-zip.
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#1104
Free still worked for me to... Had to disable internet, until purchase time....
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#1105
OMG - you guys are awesome! Totally got the free to work for me. I even tried to do the pay $0.95 one, but that gave me an error that it was expired. I haven't been able to bring myself to pay the money for the software, so I'm thrilled I found this thread. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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#1106
I'm sorry if this is covered before, but this thread is huge Frown I bought the $.95 version. Installed successfully, but now I want to install on separate computer. tcauto prompts me to buy it again. Any way I can just get the installer to the program? I already have the key code and activation key.
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I'm sorry if this is covered before, but this thread is huge Frown I bought the $.95 version. Installed successfully, but now I want to install on separate computer. tcauto prompts me to buy it again. Any way I can just get the installer to the program? I already have the key code and activation key.
Follow the instructions to get it for free. You'll have to enter in registration information again and then allowed to install the program. I done this last night for another computer, it still works.
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#1108
For those who continue to run tcauto.exe (setup) and/or installing H&R Block program and the program (setup/install) just freezes or closes before loading to start the free process, I have the fix for you if updating Java, Windows, running administrator (bypassing Window's UAC), running the install file first to run tcauto.exe fails. It turns out that the computer (not mine) I was installing H&R Block on had malware/spyware that was blocking the tcauto.exe to run and also blocking the H&R Block software from installing. It turns out that a certain malware, Strongvault Online Backup was popping up to install every now and then after I keep trying to get H&R Block to install. At first I thought it was probably from H&R, but it was later evident that it wasn't even related. A support page [hrblock.com] from H&R Block suggests that a third party software might be interfering, so that got me thinking. I followed a solution posted here [ask.com] without expecting that this was the main solution for me. After uninstalling Strongvault Online Backup and restarting the computer, I was able to run tcauto.exe and also install H&R Block software without issues. So be sure to get your computer scanned for malware/spyware if you don't know exactly what your problem, such as using MalwareBytes (free) [malwarebytes.org], among other things. Hope this helps anybody.

BTW, if you have multiple computers to install H&R Block on, follow the instructions for the free version, because H&R is still taking free version registration (as of last night 3/1/2012) and after completing such registration, you are allowed to install the software on other computer(s).
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Last edited by hqh51 March 2, 2013 at 02:06 PM
#1109
Free still worked for me. Thanks!
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#1110
1. Free still works - only takes the usual application.xml edit noted on the first page.
You can save the GoData registry key under USERS so you can reinstall later without having to go online. The TCAUTO.exe looks at this - if it's there, you can install it right away.

BUT, tried moving the GoData key to another PC, and it didn't work. Seems there's some hardware/system locking in play here.

2. If you don't need the online key to submit electronically, you can just get the free version with 'faked' data and print out returns instead to avoid spam.

3. Vs. TaxAct, better - TaxAct didn't know where to put a 1099-MISC for non-contracting/work income/ HR Block did. Plus, it's faster going through the Block system. So toss TaxAct, IMO, for this year.

4. When you get around to downloading the State add-on within the program, open up the TEMP folder (users\appdata\local\temp) and copy the state *.msi installer out to your desktop before the state installation finishes. You can save this along with the ISO + fed & state updates for re-installation later.

5. If TCAUTO.exe complains and doesn't want to start up, simply run the federal+efile+state.exe installer first, leave it open, and run tcauto.exe. It'll work fine from there on.
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