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Here Are Some Options To Consider Before Tax Day

Still need to get your taxes done? Consider these guidelines

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tax season is just about over. Your taxes have to be done by this Monday. If you're looking to do it yourself, Consumer Reports compared the different software programs.

In their tests, they rated H&R Block Deluxe good if you have a simple return. For example, if you don't own a home and have only a few W2s, it should be great for you. It costs $50 for federal and $37 for each state return.

Turbo Tax Deluxe is rated the most user-friendly. But it's pricier. $60 for federal and $40 for each state return. 

And Tax Slayer Premium had some of the fastest answers from humans.     Consumer reports got prompt direct answers through chat email and phone. It costs $37 for federal and $29 for state returns.

No matter what program you choose, use the document import function whenever possible. This allows the software to transfer information directly from your W-2s. Don't do your taxes on a public computer. And work with someone you trust as you input numbers from documents.  Two sets of eyes can spot errors much easier than one.

If you go the other route and use a tax preparer. You want to use someone who has an office open year round. An audit can happen at any time of the year, so you'll need access to them. 

   The IRS has a directory of tax preparers that are certified. You can look there for ideas. And make sure you get a price quote before you start the process, not after. 

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