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									 What to Look for in Online Tax Prep and Filing Software
   (NAPSA)—You may have a less                                                         What are the payment and
taxing time this April if you let       “Preparing taxes isn’t how most people      refund options?
computer software do much of the        want to spend their time, but if they’re       Many sites let you deduct the
hard work filing with the IRS.          using the right tools, they can save time   cost of using their program from
   You won’t be alone. According        completing their returns online. As an      your expected tax refund and
to IRS data, more than 68 million       added bonus, they will likely learn a few   allow direct deposit of your refund
tax returns were filed electroni-                                                   into your bank account, for even
cally last year, with more than 17      things that can help them save even more    faster access to your refund.
million taxpayers filing their own      on their taxes this year and beyond.”          What are the help and sup-
returns online.                                                       —Debra Gray   port options?
   “There are a number of benefits                                                     Ideally, the program should be
that online tax prep and e-filing                                                   straightforward but you will want
offer but you should do a little bit   errors or oversights and provides            this safety net, so make sure the
of homework first to get the great-    links to the problems for quick              tax program offers support fea-
est value for your dollar,” said       correction of potentially costly             tures via e-mail or live online
Debra Gray, tax software manager       mistakes.                                    chat.
for CCH.                                  What becomes of your                         “Taxpayers who have been try-
   According to Gray, some of the      return after you file?                       ing to complete their returns using
questions you should look to              Make sure the program main-               pencil and paper or have been frus-
answer are:                            tains a record of your prior year’s          trated by the tax software pro-
   Is the software easy and            return, so you can roll over basic           grams they’ve used in the past,
secure?                                information from one year to the             really owe it to themselves to take
   Online software can save time       next.                                        a look at the features available in
because you don’t have to down-           Does it clearly show the                  online tax software this year,” said
load it to your computer. Make         cost of preparing and filing                 Gray. “Preparing taxes isn’t how
sure, however, the program is          your returns?                                most people want to spend their
easy to navigate, helps you orga-          Navigating the add-on pricing            time, but if they’re using the right
nize your information and pro-         structure used by some tax soft-             tools, they can save time complet-
vides the support resources you        ware providers can be taxing in              ing their returns online. As an
need to complete your return, as       itself, with some promoting a fed-           added bonus, they will likely learn
well as encrypting your data using     eral price or free federal filing but        a few things that can help them
recognized security standards.         not clearly indicating added costs           save even more on their taxes this
   Can you work at your own            for completing a state tax return.           year and beyond.”
pace?                                  According to Gray, most do-it-                  You can learn more about using
   Online tax preparation sites let    yourself taxpayers should be able            online filing from CCH CompleteTax,
you password protect your work,        to find a good tax program for               an online tax preparation and filing
logging back in as often as you        under $40, including costs for               service created by experts in tax law
need. Make certain the program         preparing both a federal and state           and software. It can be found at
also automatically checks for          return and e-filing the returns.             www.completetax.com.

								
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