Monday, March 10, 2008

Tax Time

TurboTax Online

While I am not excited about taxes, I am excited about a discovery I had this weekend. I did my taxes last year using TurboTax and was impressed enough to try it again this year. I received a CD in the mail to install the new 2007 version and upon opening the application, it fired up a web application to do everything online. It was very easy and intuitive. The interface was easy to manage and it was second to no other web 2.0 apps I have encountered. Kudos to the online version of TurboTax. Visit TurboTax Online

Quicken Online

Well, as I was working with this, I was also working closely with my desktop version of Quicken 2005 for the Mac. Since I have updated to 10.5 on my Mac, I have been looking for an alternative to this version. I contemplated version 2007 but just didn't go for it. A while back I was a part of the beta for an online version of Quicken but it just wasn't ANYTHING for me other than an online banking tool. Which I already had with Wells Fargo. Well, this weekend I stumbled across the online version again and, being so impressed with TurboTax Online, decided to give it a try.

So far I am impressed. There are still improvements it needs for me to fully move over to the all online version but this is a great start and I'm excited about the chance to move it completely online and not have any desktop software to worry about. We currently have the data files on a USB drive so my wife and I can share and this will give us much more flexibility on terms of knowing our "RealBalance™" and keeping each of us in the know.

Check it out and see what you think! There is a 30 day free trial for those wanting a preview. The forums are quite good too. Lots of community discussion.

Visit Quicken Online

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