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									                                                                          TECH FORUM
                                                                                         Anno Liber
                                                                                     By Michael Castelluccio, Editor
                                                                            The first year of the book, 1439, was probably not rec-
                                                                          ognized at the time for what it was—a civilization turn-
                                                                          ing a corner. The goldsmith, Gutenberg, had devised a
                                                                          system for using movable type, but how important would
can add the state tax return with     buyer credit, the required mini-    that be?
TaxACT Business States. When          mum distributions that were           The evolution of a much more movable (digital) type
you reach the printing stage, you     waived in 2009, residential         has been surprisingly slow during times as accelerated as
can print separate forms and          energy credits, unemployment        ours are supposed to be. There’s still the massive inertia
multiple copies of the return         compensation, IRA and Roth          of all those who insist they don’t like reading on a screen.
with one set of commands. Your        IRA contributions, and more. A      Maybe not in this first month of the year, but a serious
return is password protected.         “Chart of Key Tax Numbers for       acceleration of adoption of the new book should finally
TaxACT products for individuals       2009” immediately follows, pro-     arrive during this year.
include Ultimate, Deluxe, and the     viding cash numbers, ranges,          Despite the denials, almost everyone spends a fair
Free Edition. The Free Edition        and limits on deductions, contri-   amount of time every day reading on glass or plastic
includes free IRS E-filing, has a     butions, and dividends. The 800-    screens, texting on the small screens of their phones,
loan and savings calculator, a        page guide uses a coded format      being pitched at by advertisers on television, and trying
worksheet to complete an              to alert you to tips, reminders,    to read the news crawl at the bottom of the screen after
FAFSA (Free Application for           cautions, law alerts, and IRS       checking the daily weather in another section of the glass.
Student Aid), support for ques-       alerts, and it will take you from   Their GPS, the ATM, their PDAs—really, how much
tions e-mailed to TaxACT’s            the basics of filing in Chapter 1   paper do people pick up in a day? Yet they’ll continue to
TaxPayerSupport™, alerts for          to amended returns in Chapter       tell everyone they just don’t like reading on screens.
errors in your return, and a “Tax     47. Other volumes available in        Forrester Research, Inc., describes the e-Reader market
Refund” or “Amount Owed”              the Lasser Tax library for 2010     as “nascent” but formidable, with sales of all units conserv-
window.                include: 1001 Deductions and        atively expected to double this year. Sales at the end of
                                      Tax Breaks, Real Estate Tax Edge,   2010, they say, should total 10 million dedicated e-Readers.
J.K. Lasser’s                         Small Business Taxes 2010, and      Add the iPhones and PCs and netbooks with e-book soft-
Tax Guide                             New Rules for Estate and Tax        ware, and you’re well beyond the “early adopter” stage.
The latest edition of J.K. Lasser’s   Planning. Visit      Most think of Kindles and James Paterson when they
Your Income Tax 2010 by the           for more information.               hear the word “e-reader.” They probably haven’t heard of
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