Find the Best Tax Preparation Software
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WHY PICKING THE RIGHT SOFTWARE MATTERSIf your tax situation is simple — you have a job, received a W-2 from your employer or you’re not a high-powered stock trader — the free or basic version of the various programs probably will work. But add kids, a house, investments, a rental property, a side gig such as driving for Uber, or a lot of deductions, and you’ll need a more advanced version of the software.
Before choosing a tax package, know what you’ll need to complete your return based on what’s happening in your financial life. Otherwise, you might buy a version that doesn’t meet your needs or is too expensive for your situation.
Note: Our tool looks only at online, cloud-based software. Many of these providers also offer comparable packages that are available on CDs or can be downloaded to a desktop computer.