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2. Tax Assistant for Excel V2000 2.1: You might compare this program to driving a shift instead of an automatic: It's a little extra work, but the added control can make it worthwhile. Written for Microsoft Excel, this program supplies workbooks that you can use to figure out your income, deductions, and capital gains. The data from these worksheets is then automatically entered into the correct IRS forms. The program does require that you follow detailed instructions, but since most of your work is done in worksheets, you face a minimum of IRS-ese. Tax Assistant produces accurate, IRS-approved reproductions of your forms. This version offers improved guidance and tips. The program will remain functional for 15 days, after which you must register it.
3. TaxAct 2000: Tax time strikes fear into the hearts of all, so why not help yourself out? This application interviews you, asking questions pertinent to your situation. After calculating your return, it places your information into the appropriate tax form. The Alerts feature reviews your return for errors and missing information, and issues red, yellow, and green warnings that provide you with tax-saving advice. Once the calculations are done, you choose how you wish to file, either by printing IRS-approved forms and schedules or by filing electronically. The Life Events feature assists you in determining how to handle major life changes that have an impact on your taxes, such as getting married, having children, or selling your home.
5. Small Business Advisor: Knowledge is power, especially in business matters. This program advises small-business owners on a vast range of business, legal, and tax issues. It includes up-to-date information customized for your situation and your state's laws and taxes, on hundreds of small-business topics. In addition, it creates detailed business start-up checklists tailored to your business and state, and it includes 1999 and 2000 federal income tax (individual and corporate) and estate tax calculation modules for what-if tax planning.