What's the Best Online Tax Tool Out There?

What's the Best Online Tax Tool Out There?

Anthony Nguyen
Mar 28, 2011

Okay, we'll admit doing our yearly taxes may not be the most exciting thing out there, but it has to be done and, if we can help it, we'd like to go with the most painless route possible. What's nice is these days you can do it yourself online without ever having to face a real person. The question that remains is, "What's the best online tax tool out there today?"

This year I went ahead and tried TurboTax online. Since my parents have been using it for several years now, I figured if they could do it, so could I.

Of course, if you've filed in the past, it's not surprising to find yourself painfully bored out of your mind, face in palm, and filled with yawns of utter annoyance. With TurboTax online, which costs $30-180 depending on the businesses you run, the problem is slightly alleviated with a futile attempt to make doing your taxes problem free and might I say, bearable.

However, in the end, it's just another series of yes/no prompts, filled with words that you'll never see in everyday conversation, utilizing a dated structure that'll probably never change for decades to come. I heard they also have an iPhone application, but I've yet to try it out.

Lifehacker has also done a comparison between the TurboTax online product and H&R Block's equivalent that's worth a read if you're interested in seeing how two of the most popular services out there do in a direct faceoff.

What about you, readers? Find a sweet online tax tool that doesn't feel like you're doing taxes? Let us know in the comments!

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