I have used and like the double column format of the home and business product but when I tried the new self employment (online) product I don't have this. If I buy the old version as a download can I import last year's tax file so that I see both columns?
If you buy desktop 2016 software of Home and Business, it is pretty much the same as last year. You can transfer the *.tax2015 data file from last year if you have it into a new 2016 desktop return. Then it should show you the 2 columns.
If you've used desktop Home and Business in the past, you may not like the online version as much. IMO, the desktop software is a better product, has the advantage of Forms Mode for direct viewing/editing forms (which online does not have), and includes a state program (a state return in online Self-Employed is an additional 39.99.) Printing/archiving is also easier in the desktop software.