Do people still buy the boxed retail TurboTax software and run it anymore?
Yes, and I file by printing paper, then physical post.
I've been using the all-online TurboTax web interface ...
You've been feeding the targeted marketing trolls, or at least Intuit's captive ones. All your tax data is kept forever by Intuit, and used to make money by sending you advertisements based on that data: age, gender, filing status, number and age of dependents, filing (residence) address, amount and kind of income, specific employers, specific dividend payers, amount and kind of deductions, amount and kind of tax credits, amount of refund, history of any category over multiple years, etc. Advertisers deliver the content and desired profile to Intuit. Intuit matches you against the profile, prints and applies the address label (or logical equivalent) to the content, and sends the ads. Your tax data never leaves Intuit [except of course when Intuit forwards it to the IRS or sends it back to you over SSL], but it is used for a lot more than just being forwarded to the IRS (or being held for your "convenience" in filing an amended return, defending an audit, etc.)
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