Intuit Reports 11 Percent Growth in TurboTax Units Through End of Tax Season

Published on April 21, 2011 in Computer Software, Technology


TurboTax Online Units Grow 18 Percent; Company Reiterates Full-year Consumer Tax Revenue Growth Guidance of 10 to 13 Percent

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (April 21, 2011) – Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) today released the last of three season-to-date updates for its fiscal year 2011 consumer tax offerings.

Through April 19, total TurboTax federal units were up 11 percent compared to the same period last year. Also through April 19, TurboTax Online units were up 18 percent compared to the same period last year.

Intuit today also reiterated full-year Consumer Tax revenue growth guidance of 10 to 13 percent and company revenue growth guidance of 8 to 11 percent.

“We delivered another strong tax season,” said Dan Maurer, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit’s consumer group. “We effectively competed for share in a highly competitive environment and continued to gain momentum as the season progressed. We’re pleased with our results and, looking ahead, believe we’re well positioned to drive continued growth and capitalize on the ongoing shift to digital, do-it-yourself tax preparation.”

Season-to-date TurboTax Federal Unit Data
Comparable Prior-Year Period Season Through April 19, 2011 Change Year-Over-Year March 13-April 19, 2011 Change Versus Comparable Prior-Year Period**
TurboTax Desktop* 6,235,000 6,086,000 -2% 3%
Turbo Tax Online 13,307,000 15,762,000 18% 27%
Sub-total TurboTax Units 19,542,000 21,848,000 12% 23%
TurboTax Free File Alliance 1,326,000 1,254,000 -5% 0%
Total TurboTax Units 20,868,000 23,102,000 11% 21%

* FY10 figure adjusted to account for actual retail units through 4/16/10.

** The company’s prior consumer tax update reported TurboTax federal unit results through March 12.

About Intuit Inc.

Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®, Quicken® and TurboTax®, simplify small business management and payroll processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing. ProSeries® and Lacerte® are Intuit’s leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants. Intuit Financial Services helps banks and credit unions grow by providing on-demand solutions and services that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money.

Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $3.5 billion in its fiscal year 2010. The company has approximately 7,700 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and other locations. More information can be found at

Cautions About Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including full year revenue growth guidance for Intuit and its Consumer Tax segment, and the belief that Intuit is well positioned to drive growth and capitalize on digital, do-it-yourself tax preparation. 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.

These factors include, without limitation, the following: inherent difficulty in predicting consumer behavior; difficulties in receiving, processing, or filing customer tax submissions; consumers may not respond as we expected to our advertising and promotional activities; product introductions and price competition from our competitors can have unpredictable negative effects on our revenue, profitability and market position; governmental encroachment in our tax businesses or other governmental activities or public policy affecting the preparation and filing of tax returns could negatively affect our operating results and market position; we may not be able to successfully innovate and introduce new offerings and business models to meet our growth and profitability objectives, and current and future offerings may not adequately address customer needs and may not achieve broad market acceptance, which could harm our operating results and financial condition; business interruption or failure of our information technology and communication systems may impair the availability of our products and services, which may damage our reputation and harm our future financial results; as we upgrade and consolidate our customer facing applications and supporting information technology infrastructure, any problems with these implementations could interfere with our ability to deliver our offerings; any failure to properly use and protect personal customer information and data could harm our revenue, earnings and reputation; if we are unable to develop, manage and maintain critical third party business relationships, our business may be adversely affected; increased government regulation of our businesses may harm our operating results; if we fail to process transactions effectively or fail to adequately protect against potential fraudulent activities, our revenue and earnings may be harmed; any significant offering quality problems or delays in our offerings could harm our revenue, earnings and reputation; our participation in the Free File Alliance may result in lost revenue opportunities and cannibalization of our traditional paid franchise; the continuing global economic downturn may continue to impact consumer and small business spending, financial institutions and tax filings, which could negatively affect our revenue and profitability; year-over-year changes in the total number of tax filings that are submitted to government agencies due to economic conditions or otherwise may result in lost revenue opportunities; our revenue and earnings are highly seasonal and the timing of our revenue between quarters is difficult to predict, which may cause significant quarterly fluctuations in our financial results; our financial position may not make repurchasing shares advisable or we may issue additional shares in an acquisition causing our number of outstanding shares to grow; our inability to adequately protect our intellectual property rights may weaken our competitive position and reduce our revenue and earnings; our acquisition and divestiture activities may disrupt our ongoing business, may involve increased expenses and may present risks not contemplated at the time of the transactions; our use of significant amounts of debt to finance acquisitions or other activities could harm our financial condition and results of operation; and litigation involving intellectual property, antitrust, shareholder and other matters may increase our costs.

More details about these and other risks that may impact our business are included in our Form 10-K for fiscal 2010 and in our other SEC filings.

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.

Intuit, the Intuit logo and TurboTax are registered trademarks and/or registered service marks of Intuit Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Source: Intuit Inc.

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