TurboTax Deluxe for Tax Year 2006 . March 2007 . Vol. 13 No. 3

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TurboTax Deluxe for Tax Year 2006 from Intuit Inc.

By Howard Berenbon

Tax time in the USA is here again with the April 15 deadline approaching ever so fast.  So, it's time to work on your income tax forms, and send them in so you can cross  that task off your list of things to do.  If you don't have an accountant to help, or even if you have one, you should consider using Intuit's TurboTax 2006 to file your Federal, State and Local income taxes.  If you do taxes the old way, by hand, using pencil and paper forms, then it's time to try TurboTax.  It will save you time and money, and you'll never turn back.  It's not expensive, usually around $39.95 for the year, which includes one state data download for your local returns.  And often, it's free after rebates when purchasing with other software packages.

I say it every year, and I'm sorry, but I have to repeat myself: TurboTax is the best, computerized, tax preparation program available.  If you do your own taxes and haven’t tried TurboTax, it’s time to.  Once you use TurboTax you’ll never prepare your taxes any other way.  Intuit makes it very easy.  If you’re worried about accuracy, Intuit guarantees that their calculations are 100 percent correct. And don't get tempted to buying a TurboTax copy or act-alike.  No other software can do your taxes as well as TurboTax, and that's final!  I'm sure you've seen the ads for a competing package that has a "real person" you can call.  In the commercial, a couple is having trouble with their tax software, and the wife starts asking the box for help. You have nothing to worry about with TurboTax, because TurboTax offers several ways to help, including calling a tax advisor.  And, if you're worried about the results, TurboTax will double-check your return for errors and will flag any potential audit risks.  It also includes ItsDeductible software to help you value donated items so you can get the best deduction. 

Many tax preparers are using TurboTax to prepare their clients’ taxes, so why not you? Unless you have some extremely special tax situation, you’ll find TurboTax a breeze at doing your taxes.  And even if you have some special tax situations, you can solve them, and file your taxes on time without any extra help.  All forms and instructions are included either on the CD or online.  You also have access to all IRS publications plus some expert videos for help.  TurboTax will calculate your taxes the best possible way, and give you the highest legally allowable refund.  As you enter your data, you’ll see the actual form displayed at the bottom of your screen.  Also, if you have a question about a particular entry, you can enter your question into a search box at the top right of the screen, or check you can check your question against commonly asked questions listed below the search box. When you’re done, it prints all the forms, or you can file electronically, and keeps a record for next year’s taxes.

After a quick installation from a single CD, you’ll probably need just an hour to complete your tax forms (or a few hours if you have a special situation).  After you run the program, you'll get to choose your free state data download. If you used TurboTax last year, then it will download your previous years' data will all personal information and you'll just need to add the new numbers from 2006.  When you’re entering your tax information, you have a choice of having TurboTax ask you questions (the Interview) and enter the answers and numbers from your tax documents, or go directly to each form and fill in the blanks.  I like having TurboTax to ask me questions and enter the answers from your documents.  And don't worry, because if you’ve forgotten some information, or made a mistake, you can easily correct the information right on the form.

TurboTax is best software for anyone filing US income tax returns. You'll get professional tax assistance without the expense of paying a tax professional.  And once you’ve used TurboTax, you will never file your income tax returns without it.  Even if you have a more complex tax situation: say you run a small business or two, have stocks and bonds, have rental property, own a vacation home and have kids to claim as dependents, TurboTax will work for you.

TurboTax Deluxe 2006 sells for  $34.95 (after a $5 savings, with free shipping) and will run on any multimedia PC (Windows or Macintosh), Pentium 200 MHz or faster processor, 240 MB hard disk space, 128 MB RAM with Windows 98/2000/ME/XP and a CD-ROM drive. Mac - 165 MB hard disk space, Mac OS X (10.2.8) or greater.  For more information, or to order, visit Amazon.com

Software Companies Mentioned

Intuit Inc.
2500 Garcia Ave.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 1-800-446-8848
URL turbotax.com