I have always done my taxes by hiring an accountant. This time i wanted to try to do it by myself. How difficult could it be? I had no idea where to start, so I asked my cousin. She works for an accounting firm.
When she quoted me a price for doing my 2010 tax return I almost passed out. I knew there had to be a better way.
Research and More Research
I research thoroughly before making any major decisions. I didn’t want to make any sudden moves. I made sure I understood exactly what I was getting into. With that in mind, I started looking at tax return software options.
I looked at nearly a dozen review sites. Every single site listed TurboTax as the #1 tax return software. Even cnet.com rated TurboTax as the best software available.
That’s all I needed to know. I went to Amazon.com and downloaded the TurboTax Home & Business Federal + e-File + State 2010. With the free shipping option and current sale price, I was way ahead of the quote from the tax prep service.
My experience confirms everything the review sites said. This is the tax program for any business owner. There’s no reason to look anything else.
Computer System Requirements
As with all software programs, there are some system requirements. These requirements include: Windows computers with Windows 7, Vista, or XP with service pack 2; Pentium 3 1GHz or equivalent processor; Firefox 3.x, Chrome 4.x, Safari 4.x, or Internet Explorer 7 or 8.x browsers.
For Macintosh users, the requirements include: PowerPC Processor G3 or faster Intel processor; Mac OS X 10.6x (Snow Leopard), OS X 10.5x (Leopard), OS X 10.4 (Tiger), or OS X 10.3 (Panther); Firefox 3.x, Safari 3 or 4.x, and Chrome 4.x browsers.
Adobe Reader 8.0 or higher, 256MB RAM, a high speed internet connection (recommended), 2x CD-ROM drive; minimum 800×600 screen resolution, and Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or higher are also needed.
Features in TurboTax Home & Business Federal + e-File + State 2010
This all-in-one software package provides guidance for personal and business taxes. It includes the Federal e-File option, which allows users to get their refunds faster and easier – no Post Office trip necessary.
The interface is very easy to understand and takes things one step at a time by asking questions and then filing the answers in the appropriate portion of the tax form. The Smart Check feature scans for errors to ensure accuracy and if any software miscalculations result in IRS penalties, TurboTax will pay the penalties and interest – guaranteed.
Small business tax deductions and industry-specific deductions are easy to identify with TurboTax Home & Business. The streamlining of expense entries and income entries made the tax prep process much faster. TurboTax even showed me that there are special deductions also for new businesses.
I’ve already mentioned the professional review sites that confirm TurboTax’s superiority in the tax return market, but customers are satisfied with the software as well. Users report that each year the software improves its integration and options. It saves time and money – and will even transfer last year’s PC TurboTax return to a Mac with no compatibility issues! Amazon customers have rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Time to File?
If you own a business, are self-employed, or are a consultant, you can be certain that TurboTax Home & Business Federal + e-File + State 2010 will help you file your return nearly effortlessly. Go to Amazon.com now for special pricing and free shipping!