Tax Time

I rarely hawk products here, figuring that’s what their marketing people are for. I have to say, however, that I’ve been very happy with TurboTax for the Web. I’ve been using it for three years now, and it seems to be getting steadily better. This year it’s working fine on my Mac, has remembered all my dependents and lots of other information from last year, and offered to import data from a number of other sources, saving me some significant typing. It also offers helpful tax-saving and audit-avoiding tips, one of which was actually a pleasant surprise to me. Once you’re ready to file, you can do so electronically and get your refund deposited directly to your account.

I think some of the IRS’ budget should go toward just buying up TurboTax and making it available for free to whomever wants to use it. In the meantime, however, I’ll be happy to shell out my $19 this year.