Tax Advice: Let's Go To The Stopwatch

When I need tax advice, two things count: speed and accuracy. So I grabbed a stopwatch and put a reasonably tough tax question to several self-help sources. I searched books, software, online services, and the Internal Revenue Service's toll-free help line to see who would get me the correct answer most quickly. The result: The private resources all did pretty well. The big loser was the IRS help line, which came up far short.

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