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Table: Tax Pros' Picks


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TABLE: Tax Pros' Picks

Who wants to spend hours reading about taxes? Not us. To spare you (and

ourselves) those awful hours poking through dozens of new small-biz tax books

and Web sites, we solicited reviews from folks who specialize in tax planning

for small companies. Burlingame (Calif.) planner Barbara Steinmetz looked at

three popular books, while Kent Noard, a San Jose (Calif.) planner, surfed

three tax-related Web sites.

Books

PROS CONS

Business Owner's Toolkit Tax Guide 2000, CCH/$17.95

Discusses capital Only first half of

assets and depreciation. book geared to business

Well-organized glossary. owners, mainly sole proprietors.

Business Owner's Tax Savings and Finance Deskbook, Harcourt/$89

Most sophisticated of A serious book that makes for some

group, especially tough slogging.

coverage of investments.

Handy CD-ROM.

Tax Savvy for Small Business, Nolo Press/$29.95

Lightens a dry subject. Weak on expenses. Breezy style

Best on how to classify sometimes obscures important

independent contractors. details.

Web sites

ZDNet www.zdnet.com/filters/taxguide

Thorough reviews on tax Lacks information on tax planning.

software and Web links. Some info not updated to 1999.

Best for do-it-yourselfers.

IRS www.irs.ustreas.gov/prod/bus_info/sm_bus

Comprehensive on tax laws. Hard to navigate. Generally,

Helpful checklists, have to know exactly what you

and easy access to forms. want to get it.

INTUIT quicken.excite.com/small_business/taxes_and_accounting

Best for planning and Active message boards are

its related Web links. seductive, but beware heeding

Helpful forms for basic strangers' advice.

financials.


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