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Tax help for small businesses and independent contractors

There are lots of options when it comes to filing your tax returns. You could hire an accountant to do it for you, or go to a tax preparation place. You can also go it alone, with an armful of IRS forms and a pen in your hand.

There's a better way: filing taxes electronically, either with a computer program or online. That's what about 80% of taxpayers do, according to the IRS.

Many online programs do a great job of storing your information, like W-2 forms, so it's all there when you do your taxes next year. They also make it easy to file your taxes, with step-by-step instructions and questions that might get you a bigger refund. Some tax sites even have experts available to answer your questions.

Unfortunately, things get a little more difficult for small business owners or independent contractors. If that's you, you've got deductions to take and expenses to write off. You also have stacks of receipts for business dinners, hotels and airplanes.

Fortunately, these days, online tax prep sites are making it easier for small business owners and independent contractors to file IRS tax forms. Among the sites that do that is one from a familiar name, H&R Block.

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