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TaxBrain Compliment - Making taxes (almost) painless

Review by kirkthepelican on 2007-02-27
All right, so I realize I'm not the only one in the world who hates doing taxes. Mind you, I'm not one of those taxes-are-evil types of people, but rather it's more the process that I hate. I once lived in New York, where the process of doing state taxes would have caused Job to scream "Why, God, WHY?" That experience must have lingered until all these years later, because I still hate the process so badly that I'd rather get circumcised -- again -- than deal with tax forms. (Too much information? Sorry.)

Anyhow, given my intense loathing of the process, it's no wonder I've paid people to do my taxes in years past. Well, no more. A co-worker convinced me to try out some of those software packages they have now. I sniffed around a while and decided on TaxBrain.

What's cool here is that there's no software you need to install: it's all web-based. You get yourself all set up and logged in, and then answer 20 questions. Judging by these 20 questions, Taxbrain gathers all the forms and schedules that you'll need. Then you're on your way with free e-filing. You've got free live support, too, in case you need it (but I didn't actually need it, so I can't tell you whether or not the support system works efficiently, sorry). With the "Deluxe" and "Premium" versions you get state tax preparation, too.

So, I'm all safe and sound for another year. Long review short, if you're going to do any e-filing, and you don't want to download any software, I can personally vouch for Taxbrain.
Comments:3 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-04-13
Posted by Sparticus on 2007-02-27:
I'm a big fan of TaxAct.com. I've been doing my taxes with them for years using their software (downloadable) and online through their website for the last 2 years. What is nice is they remember all my old tax info, kind of like having my own tax accountant! And best part... it is free to do you taxes online (using the website instead of downloading software) and you just pay for electronic submission, if you choose that method...
Posted by MRM on 2007-02-27:
Same here, Sparticus, I use TaxAct.com. TaxAct remembers my previous tax return and plugs those numbers into the new tax year which is a convenience. I would not recommend having the refunds direct deposited into your account because of the fees charged.
Posted by JSalvino on 2007-04-13:
I just got on board with Taxbrain this year and I am completely sold. I thought for certain I was going to owe this year but through the guidance I received through Taxbrain it turned out I actually ended up with a refund. I just didn't know what all of my options were and Taxbrain made the process of finding out easy, not to mention lucrative! I'm sold. I couldn't recommend them more.

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