Picks and Pans Review: Tax Tutor '87

updated 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Sharpen your pencils and get set to begin your journey into that impenetrable territory known as the Form 1040 tax return. This two-hour tape leads do-it-yourselfers from line one (Filing Status) to line 65 (Amount You Owe) at a comprehensible pace. A companion workbook helps you calculate taxable income, deductions and credits. Puzzling terms are translated, tips are tossed in and for more information on such complex issues as capital gains and losses, viewers are referred to IRS pamphlets by number. Actor Jim Harris serves as guide in this able production, which was supervised by a trio of Minnesota tax specialists. There are no glitzy graphics, tiresome games or dopey jokes to distract as you slog through the business at hand. All you need is patience and plenty of erasers. (Tax Innovators, Inc., $19.95; 1-800-451-7020 or write: Tax Tutor, Box 68618, Indianapolis, Ind. 46268. Add $4 for postage.)

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