Picks and Pans Review: Andrew Tobias Tax Cut

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

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

Tobias, the best-selling financial writer, teamed up with the distributors of PC Tax Cut (which has been around for five years) to market the current version of their program. He is quick to point out, in his introduction to the 136-page manual, that he didn't actually write the software—so quick, in fact, that he seems to be trying to disown it. As it turns out, he doesn't need to; this is a top-notch program. True, it handles fewer forms (24) than either Lasser's or TurboTax, but count your blessings if it does the ones you need. This program is simple to use, and when you call up a help screen you get complete, coherent advice. What's more, the printed manual is unique in that it gives tax advice and tells you how to run the program, without giving either subject short shrift. Moreover, Tobias's is the only manual with even a glimmer of wit. "Unlike Betty Crocker," writes the man whose picture is on the box, "I do, at least, exist." (Meca Ventures, Westport, Conn., $79.95)

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