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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