MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq:INTU) today released the first of two seasonal updates for its fiscal year 2017 consumer tax offerings. Through Feb. 18, sales of TurboTax units declined 5 percent versus the comparable prior-year period as the tax season is off to a slow start for all preparation methods.
The most recent Internal Revenue Service data through Feb. 17 shows total e-filed returns down 13 percent while self-prepared e-filings were down approximately 11 percent and assisted e-filings down 16 percent.
“As we previously shared, the tax season is forming more slowly this year across the industry,” said Dan Wernikoff, executive vice president and general manager of Intuit’s TurboTax business. “TurboTax e-filed returns are down 10 percent vs. prior year, indicating we are maintaining share at this juncture in the tax season.
“While the competitive environment continues to change, our end-to-end product innovations, marketing strategy and expert advice are reaching a broader range of consumers and convincing them that TurboTax is the right choice for them.
“Through the second half of the season we remain focused on delivering for customers and continuing to grow share in the do-it-yourself software category. Everyone must file by April 18, so it’s on us to continue to deliver the best offerings across the board,” Wernikoff said.
Season-to-date TurboTax Federal Unit Data
|Sub-total TurboTax Units||17,855,000||18,911,000||-6%|
|TurboTax Free File Alliance||471,000||464,000||2%|
On Feb. 8, the company announced that revenue and operating income, and diluted earnings per share from its second fiscal quarter were lower than expected due to the tax season forming more slowly than usual.
Intuit also reported second-quarter earnings today and reiterated full-year revenue guidance. This included full-year Consumer Tax revenue growth guidance of 6 to 8 percent and total company revenue guidance of 7 to 9 percent. Further details are available in the second-quarter earnings release issued today.
Intuit will issue a final tax season update in April after the close of the tax season.
Intuit Inc. creates business and financial management solutions that simplify the business of life for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals.
Its flagship products and services include QuickBooks® and TurboTax®, which make it easier to manage small businesses and tax preparation and filing. Mint.com provides a fresh, easy and intelligent way for people to manage their money, while Intuit's ProConnect brand portfolio includes ProConnect Tax Online, ProSeries® and Lacerte®, the company's leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants.
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