As we near the end of our college career and run toward the real world there are so many things we have to start thinking about. We need to start thinking about what happens when our parents drop us from their plans. We need to start thinking about what will happen when we can no longer financially depend on them. So when we graduate from college and get our first job, one thing we will definitely need think about is our taxes. Understandably, not all of us are accounting majors so many of us don’t know how to file taxes. Luckily for us, there are many programs out there designed for us non-accounting people. Here are a few of the big name tax programs to help you succeed without your parents!
TurboTax offers a desktop and online program. Although there are slight differences between the desktop program and the online program, the desktop program does offer more as far as import information. It bases its program on technology, so that it is extremely user friendly and makes the process as simple as possible. The program remembers your basic information from year to year so that there is no need to continuously refill this information. One great aspect of TurboTax is that they have a help link, phone call or online chat, where you can ask any tax related question. TurboTax does however does market other products which can be extremely annoying. (http://turbotax.intuit.com/)
2. H&R Block
H&R Block offer a desktop and online program; however, their online program is extremely difficult to download as well as to use. Luckily, their desktop program is easier to use. One of H&R Block’s biggest benefits is that if you need to be audited, one of their tax experts will represent you for free! (http://www.hrblock.com/)
TaxAct does offer both a desktop and online program, but only for PC’s. TaxAct is well known for their low cost, which is good for student’s right out of college. Although TaxAct cannot import as much information as the other two, it is just as user friendly. They also ask unusual questions in order to help users save money on their taxes. (http://www.taxact.com/)
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