Preparing Your Taxes With Software Author: Mark Jackson For just about as long as the United States has existed, people have been required to file an income tax. Income earned by the average American is taxed by the IRS (internal revenue service) due to the taxation schedule posted on their website. The taxes collected by the IRS, regardless of whether people are filing online or filling out IRS tax forms, are used to maintain Government services and are the main form of revenue for the Government of the United States of America. Now for many people, the traditional method of filling out and submitting their income tax return is still the method that they use today. Namely, filling out the forms that are sent out by the IRS every year and sending those forms back in by conventional snail mail. This method is certain, familiar and as a general rule people will prefer something certain and familiar to something that is new and (in their minds at least) untested. At least, people look at it that way until they've tried filing online. Submitting your taxes online can be very straightforward and easy to do, especially if you use the help of some tax software to help you do so. The basic procedure for filing online is that you prepare your taxes with some kind of tax software and then go ahead and submit it to the IRS through online channels. Any good piece of tax software, whether it is discount tax software or otherwise, will be able to submit your income tax return online for you. If it is not able to do this, then perhaps you should be using another piece of software. The most popular piece of software used to file income tax returns is Turbo Tax. This software was used by millions of people last year to file their income tax and many people commented on how much easier it was to use the software as opposed to going through their normal broker. It was also cheaper, especially since some people might be able to use it for free depending on just how much income tax they are going to pay. Features of the Turbo Tax software include the automatic calculation ability where it calculates your tax refund based on the information you provide as well as the ability to save your tax data for future use. If you're pulled away from the computer, you simply save your work and when you come back you can start right where you left off with no hassles whatsoever. But the top notch feature that has made Turbo Tax as popular as it is has to without a doubt be its deduction maximizer. Using a patented algorithm, Turbo Tax calculates your optimal deductions based on the information that you type in. Many people have seen huge increases in their refunds and now absolutely swear by the Turbo Tax software. So definitely have a look at the possibility of filing online this year; who knows, you might be able to significantly increase your refund check because of it. Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/finance-articles/preparing-your-taxes-with-software-225654.html About the Author Mark Jackson is a freelance editor for Tax Software Direct. Read more and find great deals and discounts on Tax Software Direct products at http://www.taxsoftwaredirect.com/index.aspx.