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Here’s a look at some of the popular tax preparation software programs for small business owners.

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For many small businesses doing it yourself is the mantra, so why wouldn’t it be the case come tax time. Sure year-end taxes can be quite complicated, but there’s a host of do-it-yourself tax software available that can make the task a little less arduous.
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TurboTax

Brought to you by Intuit, TurboTax is a very popular program used by individuals and small business owners alike. The software costs $99.95 for the home and small business version, which includes the federal and state, and $129.95 for the business one, which only includes federal taxes. The software asks a series of questions and then tailors to the type of business, whether a corporation, LLC, or partnership. According to the company, TurboTax imports your QuickBooks data, simplifies entering income and expenses, creates tax forms for employees and can handle multiple businesses. While TurboTax claims it’s simple to use, if you run into any trouble there’s 24-hour Web-based support. It also offers an ‘Ask a Tax Expert’ service in which for a fee you get live one-on-one support from a tax expert. You can download the software instead of installing it.
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H&R Block

While H&R Block is known for its stand-alone offices where anyone can walk in and get their taxes done, the company also offers software for the do-it yourselfers. For a little more money, $79.95, you can get the best of both worlds. With the Best-of-Both service you get the software to do your federal taxes yourself, plus services from a tax professional who will answer your questions, review and correct your tax return and e-file it for you. With the service, H&R Block matches you with a professional who can answer your questions via the phone or e-mail. For $99, small business owners can use H&R Block At Home Premium and Business software. With it you get step-by-step guidance, advance tax calculators and payroll and employee forms, to name a few. You also get one live tax advice session for free. The software is for Microsoft Windows only.
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OnePriceTaxes.com

OnePriceTaxes.com, which lets users prepare and file taxes online, also offers tax prep software that costs $29.95. With the software, the company guarantees you’ll get your tax refund in as little as eight days. The software supports simple and complex tax returns and includes instant error checking. The software, which is available for both Windows and Mac users, can be tried for free. You pay when you’re ready to e-file your taxes. You can either buy the CD version or download it to your PC.
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TaxAct

TaxAct offers business users tax software for partnerships, S-Corps and C-Corps -- all for $39.95 each. It automatically calculates and fills in tax forms for you and includes depreciation reports, loan and savings calculators and all the forms and schedules you need. The program is password protected, which means your tax data is safe if someone else accesses your computer. You can buy or download the software.
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Help Available for Last-Minute Tax Filers

Here’s a look at some of the popular tax preparation software programs for small business owners.

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