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Little late but - Taxact Script errors make it unuseable and a ripoff.
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pyotr filipivich
2018-04-15 02:00:43 UTC
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Greetings

I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!

Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error

"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944

And then asks if I want to keep running scripts on this page.
Doesn't matter, it then pops up

"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: :33
Char :487
Error [$injector modulerr]" blah, blah, blah blah on & on to the
next screen.

Needless to say, this is sub-optimal. Actually, sub-optimal would
be an improvement.

Shit, never mind. That's two hours and 65 bucks down the toilet.
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Mayayana
2018-04-15 02:19:05 UTC
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"pyotr filipivich" <***@mindspring.com> wrote

| Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
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On the bright side, you have an extra 2 days this
year. The 15th is Sunday, and Monday is Patriots
Day, at least in some states. So you only need it
postmarked by the 17th.

I've always wondered why people need software.
I've always done my own taxes and I'm self-
employed. Though my return is not as complex
as some may be. But it seems to me that getting
all the details collected is the main work, and
you have to do that either way. On the other
hand, if you hoped to cheat then I guess you'd
want an accountant. :)
Char Jackson
2018-04-15 02:44:59 UTC
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On Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:00:43 -0700, pyotr filipivich
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Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
You know you have until Tuesday the 17th, right? You may still have time
to figure it out or work with TaxAct tech support.
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Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
I'm a TurboTax person, myself.
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pyotr filipivich
2018-04-15 05:37:20 UTC
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On Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:00:43 -0700, pyotr filipivich
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Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
You know you have until Tuesday the 17th, right? You may still have time
to figure it out or work with TaxAct tech support.
Considering that the first three attempt to contact them "by
emial" through the website got a "Error 500", I am less than
optimistic.

It was a great program, and inexpensive. But it's gotten really
expensive (for me anyway.)
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Post by pyotr filipivich
Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
I'm a TurboTax person, myself.
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Paul
2018-04-15 03:15:19 UTC
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Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944
And then asks if I want to keep running scripts on this page.
Doesn't matter, it then pops up
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: :33
Char :487
Error [$injector modulerr]" blah, blah, blah blah on & on to the
next screen.
Needless to say, this is sub-optimal. Actually, sub-optimal would
be an improvement.
Shit, never mind. That's two hours and 65 bucks down the toilet.
Browser specific ? Change browsers ?

What browsers does it support ?
What browsers does it *really* support ?

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/19403756/function-declarations-cannot-be-nested-inside-a-statement-ie-in-strict-mode

"I am using this pattern with 'use-strict' in other parts of my application

Whats more, it only happens in IE."

Paul
pyotr filipivich
2018-04-15 05:37:20 UTC
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Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944
And then asks if I want to keep running scripts on this page.
Doesn't matter, it then pops up
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: :33
Char :487
Error [$injector modulerr]" blah, blah, blah blah on & on to the
next screen.
Needless to say, this is sub-optimal. Actually, sub-optimal would
be an improvement.
Shit, never mind. That's two hours and 65 bucks down the toilet.
Browser specific ? Change browsers ?
What browsers does it support ?
Not really relevant, IMO, I'm using the downloaded version.
Post by Paul
What browsers does it *really* support ?
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/19403756/function-declarations-cannot-be-nested-inside-a-statement-ie-in-strict-mode
"I am using this pattern with 'use-strict' in other parts of my application
Whats more, it only happens in IE."
Paul
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VanguardLH
2018-04-15 07:42:04 UTC
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Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944
Browser specific ? Change browsers ? What browsers does it support ?
Not really relevant, IMO, I'm using the downloaded version.
Not relevant, either. The errors are obviously dealing with HTML. The
downloaded client is apparently just a GUI to a web interface. Change
which web browser is the default so you might get the local Taxact
client to use a different web browser for its covert Internet
connections.

Strict mode is a feature of Javascript and Javascript is used in web
pages via HTML constructs. res:<name> is a local resource but it is
specified with some HTML code. Looks like that is a lightweight client
that provides a GUI to hide it is using a web browser in the background.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/scripting/javascript/advanced/strict-mode-javascript
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Strict_mode

There are lots of HTAs (HTML Applications). Those provide their own
frontend GUI but rely on libraries from web browsers for a myriad of
functions. This is similar to a large number of media players that have
their own GUI but rely on FFMPEG freeware to do the actual work.

https://www.taxact.com/system-requirements/

Notice the Internet Explorer 11 requirement. No mention of minimum
version for the other web browsers but figure you better be on a version
that was released within the last year. They also not that Javascript
must be enabled in your [default] web browser. Perhaps you installed an
adblocker or otherwise disabled Javascript in the web browser.

You might also want to make sure all the local files (cache) have been
cleared for your web browsers.
pyotr filipivich
2018-04-16 15:21:43 UTC
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Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944
Browser specific ? Change browsers ? What browsers does it support ?
Not really relevant, IMO, I'm using the downloaded version.
Not relevant, either. The errors are obviously dealing with HTML. The
downloaded client is apparently just a GUI to a web interface. Change
which web browser is the default so you might get the local Taxact
client to use a different web browser for its covert Internet
connections.
Strict mode is a feature of Javascript and Javascript is used in web
pages via HTML constructs. res:<name> is a local resource but it is
specified with some HTML code. Looks like that is a lightweight client
that provides a GUI to hide it is using a web browser in the background.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/scripting/javascript/advanced/strict-mode-javascript
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Strict_mode
There are lots of HTAs (HTML Applications). Those provide their own
frontend GUI but rely on libraries from web browsers for a myriad of
functions. This is similar to a large number of media players that have
their own GUI but rely on FFMPEG freeware to do the actual work.
https://www.taxact.com/system-requirements/
Notice the Internet Explorer 11 requirement. No mention of minimum
version for the other web browsers but figure you better be on a version
that was released within the last year. They also not that Javascript
must be enabled in your [default] web browser. Perhaps you installed an
adblocker or otherwise disabled Javascript in the web browser.
You might also want to make sure all the local files (cache) have been
cleared for your web browsers.
Thanks.

I suspect from the start, that there are some very bad programming
practices involved - hard coding paths and the like. Not Good.

"Any program should be able to handle a cat walking on the
keyboard without crashing." And other words of wisdom.
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Paul in Houston TX
2018-04-15 04:49:27 UTC
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Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944
And then asks if I want to keep running scripts on this page.
Doesn't matter, it then pops up
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: :33
Char :487
Error [$injector modulerr]" blah, blah, blah blah on & on to the
next screen.
Needless to say, this is sub-optimal. Actually, sub-optimal would
be an improvement.
Shit, never mind. That's two hours and 65 bucks down the toilet.
I do mine on paper. Download the forms, fill them out, send them in.
Hard to go wrong with paper.
pyotr filipivich
2018-04-15 05:37:20 UTC
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Post by pyotr filipivich
Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944
And then asks if I want to keep running scripts on this page.
Doesn't matter, it then pops up
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: :33
Char :487
Error [$injector modulerr]" blah, blah, blah blah on & on to the
next screen.
Needless to say, this is sub-optimal. Actually, sub-optimal would
be an improvement.
Shit, never mind. That's two hours and 65 bucks down the toilet.
I do mine on paper. Download the forms, fill them out, send them in.
Hard to go wrong with paper.
It was my procedure until my taxes got a wee bit complicated,
capital gains, farm income, buying and selling houses.
But I think I'll look at the forms used last year and just fill
them out with the typewriter.
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Char Jackson
2018-04-15 06:04:27 UTC
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On Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:49:27 -0500, Paul in Houston TX
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Post by pyotr filipivich
Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944
And then asks if I want to keep running scripts on this page.
Doesn't matter, it then pops up
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: :33
Char :487
Error [$injector modulerr]" blah, blah, blah blah on & on to the
next screen.
Needless to say, this is sub-optimal. Actually, sub-optimal would
be an improvement.
Shit, never mind. That's two hours and 65 bucks down the toilet.
I do mine on paper. Download the forms, fill them out, send them in.
Hard to go wrong with paper.
Oh, the memories. I used to do my taxes on paper but those days are a
distant memory. Over the past 30 years, my Federal returns have
ballooned into a 40-page monstrosity. TurboTax to the rescue. Way too
easy to go wrong with paper.
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Paul in Houston TX
2018-04-15 06:07:25 UTC
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On Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:49:27 -0500, Paul in Houston TX
Post by Paul in Houston TX
Post by pyotr filipivich
Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944
And then asks if I want to keep running scripts on this page.
Doesn't matter, it then pops up
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: :33
Char :487
Error [$injector modulerr]" blah, blah, blah blah on & on to the
next screen.
Needless to say, this is sub-optimal. Actually, sub-optimal would
be an improvement.
Shit, never mind. That's two hours and 65 bucks down the toilet.
I do mine on paper. Download the forms, fill them out, send them in.
Hard to go wrong with paper.
Oh, the memories. I used to do my taxes on paper but those days are a
distant memory. Over the past 30 years, my Federal returns have
ballooned into a 40-page monstrosity. TurboTax to the rescue. Way too
easy to go wrong with paper.
Oh good heavens! 40 pages, I would Turbo Tax, too.
XS11E
2018-04-16 18:35:46 UTC
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Post by Char Jackson
Oh, the memories. I used to do my taxes on paper but those days
are a distant memory. Over the past 30 years, my Federal returns
have ballooned into a 40-page monstrosity. TurboTax to the
rescue. Way too easy to go wrong with paper.
Oh good heavens! 40 pages, I would Turbo Tax, too.
My 106 pages convinced me to do likewise many years ago, I've never
regretted it. I've tried Tax Act but didn't like it as well as
TurboTax, can't recall why now?

OP, there's still time to grab a copy of TT and get it done.
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pyotr filipivich
2018-04-18 03:37:46 UTC
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Post by Paul in Houston TX
Post by Char Jackson
Oh, the memories. I used to do my taxes on paper but those days
are a distant memory. Over the past 30 years, my Federal returns
have ballooned into a 40-page monstrosity. TurboTax to the
rescue. Way too easy to go wrong with paper.
Oh good heavens! 40 pages, I would Turbo Tax, too.
My 106 pages convinced me to do likewise many years ago, I've never
regretted it. I've tried Tax Act but didn't like it as well as
TurboTax, can't recall why now?
OP, there's still time to grab a copy of TT and get it done.
Thanks.

I realized - this year is very simple. I managed to get the free
return down through H&R Block. Taxact is processing a refund, "due
to system incompatibility".

Unless something changes - next year will probably be a 1040EZ and
a typewriter.
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Ken Blake
2018-04-15 15:04:56 UTC
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Post by Char Jackson
Oh, the memories. I used to do my taxes on paper but those days are a
distant memory.
Same here.
Post by Char Jackson
Over the past 30 years, my Federal returns have
ballooned into a 40-page monstrosity. TurboTax to the rescue. Way too
easy to go wrong with paper.
I agree, but I wouldn't say it's using paper that can cause you to go
wrong. It's doing it manually, rather than using a computer.

There are two big advantages of using a computer:

1. The software reminds you of the forms (and parts of forms) that
need to be filled out.

2. The software's arithmetic is done correctly. A human's may or may
not be.
pyotr filipivich
2018-04-16 03:36:32 UTC
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Post by Char Jackson
Oh, the memories. I used to do my taxes on paper but those days are a
distant memory.
Same here.
Post by Char Jackson
Over the past 30 years, my Federal returns have
ballooned into a 40-page monstrosity. TurboTax to the rescue. Way too
easy to go wrong with paper.
I agree, but I wouldn't say it's using paper that can cause you to go
wrong. It's doing it manually, rather than using a computer.
1. The software reminds you of the forms (and parts of forms) that
need to be filled out.
2. The software's arithmetic is done correctly. A human's may or may
not be.
At which point, I "print" to PDF, and make hard copies.
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CRNG
2018-04-15 09:55:38 UTC
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Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
File for an extension and then contact TaxAct.
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On Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:00:43 -0700, pyotr filipivich
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Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944
And then asks if I want to keep running scripts on this page.
Doesn't matter, it then pops up
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: :33
Char :487
Error [$injector modulerr]" blah, blah, blah blah on & on to the
next screen.
Needless to say, this is sub-optimal. Actually, sub-optimal would
be an improvement.
Shit, never mind. That's two hours and 65 bucks down the toilet.
On 4 computers, no problems. I have the installed version. Maybe you
had a bad download ?
pyotr filipivich
2018-04-16 03:36:32 UTC
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On Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:00:43 -0700, pyotr filipivich
Post by pyotr filipivich
Greetings
I realize I am down to the wire, but - arrggghhh!
Taxact Plus keeps popping up: Script Error
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: 4745
Char : 21
Error "In strict mode, function declarations cannot be nested
inside a statement or block. They may only appear at the top level or
directly inside a function body.
Code: 0
URL: res://TAXACT17.EXE/#23\#1944
And then asks if I want to keep running scripts on this page.
Doesn't matter, it then pops up
"An error has occurred in the script on this page"
Line: :33
Char :487
Error [$injector modulerr]" blah, blah, blah blah on & on to the
next screen.
Needless to say, this is sub-optimal. Actually, sub-optimal would
be an improvement.
Shit, never mind. That's two hours and 65 bucks down the toilet.
On 4 computers, no problems. I have the installed version. Maybe you
had a bad download ?
I dunno. I tried Taxact 2016 - same error.

I updated Java, in case that was the issue. Can't tell.

But I have realized that my taxes are "simple" enough this year -
could do it with the forms.
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