Picks and Pans Review: J.k. Lasser's Your Income Tax 1989

updated 03/20/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/20/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

This package includes the 501-page Lasser book as well as a 36-page manual. Neither volume can shield you from an annoying, 20-minute-long installation procedure involving two disk drives and five disks (picture yourself trying to make five pieces of toast in a two-slice toaster). Even so, the program is worth the trouble. It starts off by asking questions about your financial situation ("Did you hire someone to care for a dependent while you worked or looked for work?"). Based on your answers, it smartly tells you which forms you need, from an impressive list of 31. There are ample opportunities for assistance: Pushing a help key refers you either to the manual or to the big book. There are some drawbacks—ugly graphics, a cursor that moves verrrrrrryyyy slowly. Then again, no program is perfect. (Simon & Schuster Software, New York, $74.95, including the $10.95 book)

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