Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) today released the first of three season-to-date updates for its fiscal year 2013 consumer tax offerings. Sales of TurboTax Online units picked up through early February, growing 32 percent from Jan. 30 to Feb. 16 versus the comparable prior-year period. Total federal units grew 29 percent in the same span. Year to date through Feb. 16, total TurboTax federal units were down 7 percent compared to the same period last year. "As we've noted, the tax industry got off to a slow start in January. Since the Internal Revenue Service opened e-file on Jan. 30, we’ve seen strong momentum in TurboTax Online,” said Dan Maurer, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit’s consumer group. “We're confident that we're on track and we have an aggressive plan to win." As part of the company’s second-quarter earnings announcement, Intuit today also reiterated full-year Consumer Tax revenue growth guidance of 8 to 10 percent and company revenue growth guidance of 10 to 12 percent. Further details are available in the second-quarter earnings release issued today.
|Season-to-date TurboTax Federal Unit Data|
|Comparable Prior-Year Period||Season Through Feb. 16, 2013||Percent ChangeYear-Over-Year||Jan. 30 - Feb.16, 2013Change VersusComparablePrior-YearPeriod|
|TurboTax Free FileAlliance||590,000||429,000||-27%||28%|
|Total TurboTax Units||14,099,000||13,128,000||-7%||29%|
|Note: Unit data through Feb. 16, 2013.|
|Intuit will issue additional tax season updates in March and April.|
Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $4.15 billion in its fiscal year 2012. The company has approximately 8,500 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Singapore and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.Cautions About Forward-looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, including forecasts of Intuit’s future expected financial results; expected shifts in revenue as a result of the late tax legislation; expectations regarding Intuit’s growth; and its prospects for the business in fiscal 2013. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements. 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More details about these and other risks that may impact our business are included in our Form 10-K for fiscal 2012 and in our other SEC filings. You can locate these reports through our website at http://investors.intuit.com. Forward-looking statements are based on information as of February 21, 2013, and we do not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statement or other information in these materials. Unit Data and Estimates Used The unit numbers reported are based on weekly reports received by Intuit from its retailers and distributors as well as the number of units provided directly by Intuit. The numbers included in these updates are preliminary and include estimates, including estimates of sales by merchants that do not report their sales to Intuit. Although Intuit takes steps to verify the reliability of the unit data, Intuit believes that errors in the data reported by its retailers and distributors may impact its reported retail unit numbers on an immaterial basis.
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