Picks and Pans Review: Personal Tax Filer
This is the least expensive and most basic of the programs; indeed, it should come in a white box with a double black this-is-a-generic stripe across it. The package includes three floppy disks but no manual; you have to print that document (a brief 11 pages) yourself after inserting the first disk. When you begin running the program, a simple directory lets you type in personal information, then enter income, exemptions, deductions, etc. Unfortunately, if you press the help key, you get (essentially) no help. And this is also the only one of the programs that doesn't offer a number to call for "technical assistance" if something goes wrong. To be fair, there's nothing wrong with this program; it handles a dozen tax forms with no problem. But if your return is so simple that Tax Filer can deal with it, you probably didn't need a program in the first place. (Disk-Count Software, Inc., St. Paul, Minn., $19.95)
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