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In the mailbag today is a response to the TWIMGC we posted on Monday about one person’s horrible experience using Jackson Hewitt.
I was saddened to read about a recent reader’s poor experience with Jackson Hewitt.
I used TurboTax for years (starting back when there was no online option, you had to buy the software) but decided to try Jackson Hewitt when I just couldn’t wait for my refund for my 2019 taxes (I claim the EIC, which delays my refund, now THAT’S a rant!). I used a Wal Mart location and, other than accidentally getting someone else’s paper copy, the experience went smoothly and was overall a good experience. I wasn’t thrilled about paying the fee but discovered that it was about on-market comparatively speaking. The following year, I had a similar situation but it was before the Wal Mart locations opened up. I chose to go with a free-standing location. I found that many of the J-H locations (particularly the ones located in Wal Mart) are owned by different franchises. As this location was not a franchise, they had to go through a few hoops to get my prior year information but after that, everything went smoothly even in the midst of a pandemic.
This year, once again, I am using Jackson Hewitt (I really hate having to wait until the end of February/beginning of March for my refund!) and so far, so good. The first two locations were in KY and this one is in VA, where I have moved and I’ve not had a bad experience. The people at this location, particularly, are so helpful and kind. Due to a glitch in their system, they had to enter our taxes 3 times but did it without complaining but continually apologized.
Please don’t take one person’s bad experience as a knock against J-H in general.
Any other Jackson Hewitt stans out there? Or are you a Block head? If you’ve had good experiences using one of the big-box tax prep companies, let us know. We’ll take your bad experiences too.