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Income Tax Preparation Software

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Using Income Tax Preparation Software

If you're not sure you want to get on the Internet to prepare your return, you can still enjoy the benefits of a computerized program that will do a substantial amount of the work for you. All you have to do is to purchase income tax preparation software. Available at your local office supply store and even at many discount retail outlets, these programs help take much of the work--and stress--out of the process.

Some of the tax names you already know are the same names you'll find on these software programs. H & R Block, for example, offers a series of programs under the name of TaxCut. TurboTax can be used both online and in software form as well. If you go online and enter "tax software" into your browser, you'll come up with a variety of programs that you can use in your home.

Income Tax Preparation Software Advantages

There are several advantages to using tax prep software. One of the most important is that the program will guide you through each step of the process, from determining which 1040 form to use all the way to your electronic signature if you choose to file online. You will also have the opportunity to get the support you need whenever you have questions.

Over 53 million taxpayers filed their taxes electronically last year, and the number is expected to grow this year. They enjoyed the ease of preparation, the speed of the process, and quick refunds. According to several studies, they also experienced fewer delays due to errors, with electronic returns exhibiting far fewer errors than manual ones. If you can turn on a computer and read instructions, you'll become an electronic filer for life!


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