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Table: Programs That Can Make Tax Time Easier


Personal Business: Your Taxes

TABLE: Programs That Can Make Tax Time Easier

PROGRAM/COST*/ FORMAT SYSTEM COMMENTS

MAKER REQUIREMENTS**

TURBOTAX / $42 Windows, DOS, 4 MB RAM Easier to jump between interview and

Intuit MacIntosh, 15 MB HD actual IRS forms; best CD-ROM

CD-ROM version. Number of states: 28.***

TAXCUT / $40 Windows, DOS, 4 MB RAM Best hand-holding for novices;

Meca Software MacIntosh, 7 MB HD improvements include nifty "what

CD-ROM if" worksheet and summary screen.

Number of states: 28.

PERSONAL Windows, DOS, 2 MB RAM Nice financial calculators; provides

TAX EDGE / $19 MacIntosh, 10 MB HD state forms for all 43 states that

Parsons Technology CD-ROM have an income tax.

SIMPLY TAX / $35 Windows 4 MB RAM Clumsy interview format; includes tax

Computer Associates 10 MB HD tips from Ernst & Young tax guide.

Number of states: 20.

J.K. LASSER / $20 Windows, DOS 2 MB RAM Clone of Parsons' Tax Edge, but with

Intuit CD-ROM 11 MB HD help screens drawn from popular J.K.

Lasser tax guide. Number of states:

43.

TAXSAVER / $21 Windows, 2 MB RAM Virtual clone of Parsons' Tax Edge,

Novell DOS 10 MB HD but with Novell's "Coach" providing

help. Number of states: 43.

* STREET PRICE FOR FEDERAL EDITIONS; STATE PROGRAMS COST $19 TO $25 EACH **

MINIMUM FOR WINDOWS VERSIONS IF AVAILABLE, OR DOS IF NOT. RAM IS RESIDENT

ACCESS MEMORY, HD IS HARD-DRIVE SPACE

*** FOR WINDOWS AND MACINTOSH. DOS VERSION HAS 45 STATES


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