Top 7 Software Programs to Prepare Your 2011 Tax Returns
by Ryan Loos
First, let me give you full disclosure with this. I am a professional paid tax preparer and would always prefer that everyone use a professional tax preparer when they are preparing their tax returns. With that said I know that many of you do not think that my services are needed, especially when there are so many tax software programs out there that are cheaper than my services. Do to this, I want to make sure that you are getting the best advice from a tax professional and not you buddy who has been audited by the IRS. Over the years, before I started purchasing a professional tax software suite, I have used many different types of tax software. I will give you my honest opinions below for each of the tax software to help you make the best decision. Please remember that if you have a question to call someone who can answer it (like the IRS, CPA, Enrolled Agent, or a licensed tax preparer).
1. TurboTax Deluxe Federal + E-File + State 2011 PC Download
This is my top choice, for you do it your selflers out there. Quick and easy, with a system that I have used in that past without any issues. Price it right and you get a ton of good advice. Plus you can download it and starting working on your taxes right away!
2. TurboTax Deluxe Federal + E-File + State 2011 CD-Rom
Number two on my list, only because you have to wait for it to be delivered. All the same great features as my number one choice!
3. TurboTax Premier Federal + E-File + State 2011 CD-Rom
For those of you out there who have a small business or a rental property, this the best choice for you. You have to know what you are doing, if you do not then my number four choice would be best for you. If you have your accounting in order and have some tax experience than you can definitely use this program.
4. TurboTax Home and Business Federal + E-File + State 2011
If you are not experienced with a filing a tax return for your small business or a rental property than this is the software for you. This software will take more time to have you complete your return, but if you need the help than this is the software for you.
5. H & R Block at Home Deluxe Federal + State + E-File 2011
Honestly, I am not a big fan of H & R Block (at least their store front tax preparation stores). The software is a little better, I do not think that it is as good as Turbotax, but for the price and if you have simple return than take a look at this software.
6. TurboTax Deluxe Federal + E-File for those of you who do not need to file a state return, save some money and use this software. Everything is the same as my number one choice, you just not get a state return with this software.
7. TurboTax Deluxe Federal + E-File + State 2011 MAC Download
Onto number seven on my list. The only reason this is rated number seven is because there are less MAC users than PC users, other than that, if you own a Mac this is the software that I would recommend, don't even bother looking at anything else.