Prepare For Tax Season

As January nears an end, tax season is starting to kick into high gear as the W2’s are mailed and the 1099’s start arriving. My tax situation is relatively straight-forward and I have always opted to do my own taxes. After using TurboTax the first few years out of college, I then switched to TaxCut from H&R Block (aff) and haven’t looked back since.

Since I have been so happy with TaxCut, I signed up for their affiliate program this year and want to disclose that the links in this post are affiliate links (meaning I will earn a little something if you decide to buy their products from these links). But I am not promoting their product because I am an affiliate, I am promoting it because I have been using it for the last few years and have been extremely happy.

For my use, I have always bought the Premium Taxcut Software (aff) without the State Edition. The reason I do this is because my home state offers free state income tax filing on the state-sponsored website. If you are in a state that does not offer free e-filing of your state income tax, I would recommend you look into the state edition as well. However, often times the state taxes are quite basic and it is just as easy to complete the forms manually. If you are in a state that does not have state income tax, I am jealous of you.

Similar to the other tax software, TaxCut does a nice job of guiding you through the forms and has extensive help resources if you have questions on a particular section. In addition, TaxCut offers the choice of completing your taxes online and only paying when you are done or you can opt to download the software and complete your taxes on your computer. Personally, I always opt to download the software and work on my computer before filing.

If you haven’t used TaxCut before, I highly recommend it and have been very happy with using it for my own taxes. For more information on the features and comparison of each TaxCut product, as well as comparisons to TurboTax and TaxAct, please review the following links (aff):

TaxCut Software Summary
TaxCut Software Complete Features List
Turbo Tax Comparison
Tax Act Comparison

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