If you're getting ready to do your taxes, or you're doing them this weekend, you're probably looking at a stack of W-2s, receipts, expense reports and tax statements, wondering how you're going to get it done. It can be overwhelming.
If you've ever filled out your own tax returns by hand, you know it can take hours and, worse, you're never quite sure if you filled out your federal and state returns correctly. You never know when the IRS will pop up to let you know you did something wrong.
Of course, you can always have a CPA do your taxes for you, or bring them into a tax preparation location. Which can set you back hundreds of dollars.
Thankfully, these days the tax season isn't a nightmare. In fact, you can be done in an hour or so with a computer program or website, which the IRS says now account for about 80% of federal tax returns.
There is a reason almost everyone is doing their own taxes. Computer programs like TurboTax and H&R Block walk you through each step of the process, including inputting your W-2s, 1099s, medical bills and just about everything else.
Even better, these computer programs save your information, so you can just make tweaks next year, instead of typing everything in again. But the very best news is they're inexpensive, and right now on Amazon you can save about 25% on TurboTax and H&R Block software.