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Best Time to Buy: Tax Software

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By Aaron Crowe, dealnews writer

Federal Income taxes aren't due until April 18 this year, but the impending deadline probably jumped into your head soon after the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.

Taxes aren't fun, they're not easy and they're not cheap to get done if you go to a tax professional. But now's the time to pay attention and get your paperwork in order — not in April. And if you're shopping for tax software, you want to buy sooner rather than later, since retailers are just as interested in it as you are now. Besides, it's better to get a little ahead of the game instead of waiting for the taxman to come knocking at your door.

Here are some tax items that are hot this week, making it easier to find deals on what you'll need to get your taxes done inexpensively and easily:

TurboTax
If you're a Bank of America customer, TurboTax will give you 35% off its online products. It's for federal tax returns only and doesn't apply to online state products. It's the best percent-off discount we've seen in a year, and is the lowest price we can find for the product. Each version has free eFiling for federal tax returns. The TurboTax Online Deluxe program is $29.95 (normally $49.95), the TurboTax OnlinePremiere that's for people with investments and rental property is $49.95 (normally $74.95), and TurboTax Online Home & Business is $74.95 (normally $99.95).

Even if you're not a Bank of America customer, there are plenty of other deals available, but prices vary based on what version you need. For instance, you can get TurboTax 2010 Basic for $29 at Amazon.com. Other TurboTax titles are also available.

H&R Block
The H&R Block At Home 2010 Deluxe Federal + eFile for Windows is $27.99 at TigerDirect.com via eBay, and includes free shipping. The tax software has a maximum refund guarantee and is advertised as ideal for homeowners and investors. The combo package through eBay includes the Smith Micro CheckIt Diagnostics Software for Windows, beating the lowest price we could find for the pair by $17. The deal ends Feb. 3 at 5:12 p.m. ET.

QuickBooks Pro 2011
This software from Intuit won't do your taxes, but it will keep your business running smoothly by keeping track of where your money's going. Amazon.com offers QuickBooks Pro 2011 for Windows for $135.99 $149.99 with free shipping after a quick price jump from what was the lowest price we could find by $8.



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Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked as a reporter and and editor at newspapers and websites. Follow him on Twitter — @AaronCrowe.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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