Table: Programs That Can Make Tax Time Easier
PROGRAM/COST*/ FORMAT SYSTEM COMMENTS MAKER REQUIREMENTS** TURBOTAX / $42 Windows, DOS, 4 MB RAM Easier to jump between interview and Intuit MacIntosh, 15 MB HD actual IRS forms; best CD-ROM CD-ROM version. Number of states: 28.*** TAXCUT / $40 Windows, DOS, 4 MB RAM Best hand-holding for novices; Meca Software MacIntosh, 7 MB HD improvements include nifty "what CD-ROM if" worksheet and summary screen. Number of states: 28. PERSONAL Windows, DOS, 2 MB RAM Nice financial calculators; provides TAX EDGE / $19 MacIntosh, 10 MB HD state forms for all 43 states that Parsons Technology CD-ROM have an income tax. SIMPLY TAX / $35 Windows 4 MB RAM Clumsy interview format; includes tax Computer Associates 10 MB HD tips from Ernst & Young tax guide. Number of states: 20. J.K. LASSER / $20 Windows, DOS 2 MB RAM Clone of Parsons' Tax Edge, but with Intuit CD-ROM 11 MB HD help screens drawn from popular J.K. Lasser tax guide. Number of states: 43. TAXSAVER / $21 Windows, 2 MB RAM Virtual clone of Parsons' Tax Edge, Novell DOS 10 MB HD but with Novell's "Coach" providing help. Number of states: 43. * STREET PRICE FOR FEDERAL EDITIONS; STATE PROGRAMS COST $19 TO $25 EACH ** MINIMUM FOR WINDOWS VERSIONS IF AVAILABLE, OR DOS IF NOT. RAM IS RESIDENT ACCESS MEMORY, HD IS HARD-DRIVE SPACE *** FOR WINDOWS AND MACINTOSH. DOS VERSION HAS 45 STATES
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